PhD opportunities

Prospective PhD students should visit the PhD Opportunities page.

Partner institutions

Jobs are occasionally advertised by our partner institutions. These are not officially CoEDL jobs but some may offer scope for collaborating with CoEDL researchers.

Appen (Sydney)

Jobs are posted on the Appen recruitment page here

Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) – Various Projects

Supervisors: To be determined

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) is a vital member of Australia’s national security community, working across the full spectrum of operations required of contemporary signals intelligence and security agencies: intelligence, cyber security and offensive operations in support of the Australian Government and Australian Defence Forces (ADF). ASD has entered into a partnership with the ANU, the goals of which include research collaboration on topics related to ASD’s mission and building national capability in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), including training future generations of signals intelligence and cyber security professionals.

ASD values strong critical thinking and research skills, with an emphasis on an ability to present and reason analysis in diverse forums. ASD analysts work on a broad range of tasks which include: investigating large and complex data sets, developing new methods of analysing data for intelligence or information security purposes and solving cryptological problems using advanced mathematical concepts.

As part of this partnership, ASD is pleased to offer funding for research projects at the Summer Research Scholar level. These research projects may come from anywhere in the university (computer science, mathematics, physics, statistics and linguistics are all represented in ASD’s business); however, they will typically align with these areas:

  • number theory
  • cryptography
  • statistics
  • data science
  • secure systems,
  • vulnerability research
  • computational linguistics

To apply, submit a short paper describing your work. There will also be an opportunity to deliver a short presentation about your work to ASD and ANU staff. Please note on your application if you have a preference for one of the nominated topics or projects.


- Australian Citizens only 

- Minimum GPA of 5.5/7.0 (preference will be given to applicants with strong academic performance in a cognate background)

- Nominate your area/s of interest, based on the list above

  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University