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CSIRO Industry PhD Scholarship: Evaluation and implementation assessment of Biobot Academy

Date: 07-Nov-2022

Location: Various, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity

  • Gain experience working with industry to solve real-world problems while you earn your PhD 
  • Develop transferable professional skills 
  • Get access to specialised expertise, equipment and training 

The CSIRO Industry PhD Scholarship (iPhD) Program is an industry-focused, applied research scholarship and training program that brings together an industry partner, the university and CSIRO. 

You will undertake a co-designed research project that will develop your ability to translate research into commercial outcomes.  

You will get real-world experience and access to specialised expertise, equipment and training.

Our graduates develop transferable professional skills and are well positioned to work at the cutting edge of industry focussed research.  


Scholarship details 

The Program includes:

  • admission to the university PhD program  
  • a four-year scholarship package of approx. $45,000 per annum  
  • a four-year Project Expense and Development package of up to $13,000 per annum  
  • an in-business component with an industry partner of at least 3 months 
  • professional development training to enhance your applied research skills  
  • supervision by CSIRO, the industry partner, and the university  


Project Title:  A stratified randomized longitudinal evaluation and implementation assessment of Biobot Academy 

Project Description:   Research indicates that socio-emotional skills and prosocial behaviours are important for childhood development and health and wellbeing.  This project investigates socio-emotional skills of children attending primary schools in Australia. It also contributes to the longitudinal and implementation assessment of Biobot Academy. Biobot Academy is a digital platform that provides gamified and evidence-based education resources to primary school children. Biobot Academy helps children develop important life skills by emphasizing positive behaviours and relationships.  

The PhD student will register, design, and implement a longitudinal randomized control trial for Biobot Academy and evaluate the results for positive, negative, intended and unintended outcomes. The PhD candidate will gain intensive knowledge in social marketing, gamification and evaluation techniques in the context of Australia’s education system.


Project supervisors:   

    CSIRO supervisor: Joy Parkinson 
    Business Unit: Health & Biosecurity  
    Research program: Australian eHealth Research Centre 
    Email address:   

    University supervisor: Timo Dietrich 
    Griffith University  
    Email address: 
    Faculty: Marketing  
    School: Business School/Social Marketing  

    Company name: Hyper Theory Pty Ltd 



  •     Primary location of the student: Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus 
  •     In-business component with Industry partner: Hyper Theory (headquartered in Brisbane CBD) 


Overview of who we are looking for 

The ideal student will have:

  •     a social science degree in areas such as psychology, education, business or allied health; and 
  •     outcome and process evaluation skills and excellent understanding of quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods. 


An understanding of working with children/young people would be of advantage but not necessary. 


To be eligible to apply you must:

  •     be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen 
  •     meet host university PhD admission requirements 
  •     meet university English language requirements 
  •     not have previously completed a PhD 
  •     be able to commence the program in the year of the offer 
  •     enrol as a full-time PhD student 


Applications will be assessed on:

  1. Experience relevant to the field of research, including any research experience
  2. Suitability for the project
  3. Academic excellence
  4. Motivation for undertaking an Industry PhD project


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Further information about the CSIRO Industry PhD Program can be found at:  


How to Apply:

Applicants are required to submit an expression of interest containing:

  • Statement addressing your suitability for the project/scholarship
  • Evidence that you have completed a program with the required grades as detailed in the about you section
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Names of two referees


For details on how to apply, please see the Griffith University website at CSIRO Industry PhD Program ( 


Applications close:   13 January 2023, 5:00pm AEDT