PhD internships in Manufacturing: Creating practical pathways to Industry 4.0


Encompassing technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, 3D printing, automation and predictive analytics, Industry 4.0 has changed how the manufacturing industry is operating.

Yet, as this rapid transformation in technology gains momentum in Australia, manufacturers are still cautious in taking “the first step” and struggle at times to find the right people to help them begin their Industry 4.0 journey.

Recognising these challenges, IMCRC has partnered with the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute’s (AMSI) all-sector, all-discipline APR.Intern program to bring unique PhD talent to the manufacturing workplace, putting new Industry 4.0 technologies and digital business models in reach of Australian SMEs.

Over the past year, the partnership has seen students who have just completed their PhD in areas such as computer science and mathematics, as well as specialist technologies like additive manufacturing, gain hands-on industry experience. More importantly, the program gave manufacturers a platform to connect with emerging talent enabling them to jointly explore opportunities, adopt new technologies and streamline processes through short-term, tightly focused projects.