PhD & Researcher Vacancies

Opportunities for students and postdocs.

2017 PhD-Student Vacancies


We are seeking PhD applicants for three interdisciplinary projects, to commence in 2017.

  • A/Prof. McDonnell received UniSA's "Exceptional Research Training Supervision" award in 2016, and has supervised 10 PhD students previously.
  • Students will have opportunities to travel and collaborate broadly, and publish their research.


Available Projects:

  • Project 1 ($31,288 full scholarship): Personalised "financial healthcare": using machine learning to automate personal budgeting and inform financial decision making.
  • Project 2 (APA rate of $26288 + DSTG top-up): 360 degree cameras: image analysis algorithms.
  • Project 3 (APA rate of $26288 + DSTG top-up): Deep neural networks for image understanding


Our Lab is a large and friendly group of students, staff  and collaborators. We are in the process of launching a new lab at University of South Australia called the Computational Learning Systems Laboratory,

All current students have travelled overseas to present at conferences and/or work with collaborators. One of our students won the UniSA Three-Minute Thesis competition in 2013. All students publish their research regularly in journals and conference proceedings. See .

Scholarships for available for domestic applicants (Australian or New Zealand  citizens or permanent residents) are available, but must be applied for by 31st October 2017. See below for more details on applying.

These are exciting opportunities to participate in cutting edge projects in areas of strong international growth. The research is at the intersection of data science, neuroscience and machine learning. There will be opportunities to travel to work with collaborators internationally and in Australia.


  • Applicants should have, or expect to obtain by the end of 2016, either First Class Honours in a four-year Bachelor’s Degree, or a Masters Degree with a research component.
  • Applicants need to be Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.
  • This is interdisciplinary research, and your degree could be in any of software engineering, information technology, data science, electronic engineering, physics, mathematics, computer science, or related fields.
  • Applicants should be available to commence between January and August 2017.


How to apply:

  • Stage 1: Email A/Prof. Mark McDonnell ( ) , with the subject “Scholarship enquiry” and state your degree and which of the three projects interests you.
  • Stage 2: For Projects 2 and 3 (Deadline: 31 October 2017): Selected applicants will be required to apply for, and be awarded, an APA Scholarship from the Australian Government.
  • See for application details.


For more information, in the first instance email Associate Professor Mark McDonnell with an expression of interest.


Postdocs: ARC (Australian Research Council) Funded Research Fellowships

The laboratory is seeking expressions of interest from researchers with a PhD who expect to be competitive applicants for ARC fellowships. These include:

  • early career researchers, including recent PhD graduates (last 5 years), who are eligible for Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRAs);
  • more experienced researchers eligible for Future Fellowships.

With a track record in successfully applying for fellowships, the laboratory is ideally placed to help prospective fellows write a compelling application.

University of South Australia has developed an attractive package of support for successful holders of any of these competitive externally funded fellowships: see package details.