Doctoral Training Centres

NIER Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs) provide industry embedded PhD programs and training to produce impactful research outcomes, job-ready graduates and strong links between industry and universities.

The collaboration model of the DTC benefits all parties by:

  • improving employability for candidates;
  • providing access to expertise and resources to solve real industry challenges; and
  • enhancing industry-based collaborations for the university.

NIER currently coordinates two DTCs under the themes of Food & Agribusiness and Advanced METS.

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Pathway 1 - Recruit a new PhD student to help you solve your business challenge

Doctoral students completing their PhD through the DTC are highly skilled, high-achieving researchers who are at the forefront of industry innovation. We can work with you to recruit the appropriate candidate for your project. The successful candidate and the progress of your project will be supervised by an experienced researcher within the university. Your organisation will benefit from getting access to university infrastructure to help drive outcomes for your research project.

Pathway 2 – Improve expertise of a current employee

The DTC provides an opportunity for an existing employee to complete their PhD while remaining employed by your business, increasing the technical skillset and knowledge base of your organisation as well as your employee. The staff member will be provided with supervision from our experienced university researchers and facilities to support the progress and outcomes of their research project. This will push forward the boundaries of knowledge and equip them with the capacity to manage uncertainty and develop their expertise in solving complex real-world problems, with the added benefit that your PhD candidate will already know your business well.

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Are you interested in continuing your Higher Degree Research, but also want to connect with industry? Undertaking your doctoral training through the DTC means you can research solutions for an industry problem, while sharing your time between the work site and the research labs.

The multi-disciplinary model will provide you a Higher Degree Research experience that will translate across multiple careers and industries. You will also benefit from enhanced skills training to improve your professional skills and boost your employability.

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