AMSI Intern: a model for CRC?
Note from CRCA's Tony Peacock: There is a massive amount of talk about increasing business internships for both undergraduates and postgraduates in Australia. Many CRCs do terrific work in this area, as do other organisations, but I agree with Chief Scientist, Ian Chubb, when he laments that these programs are not on the scale we need to make a sufficient difference. One program that has achieved scale is the Mitacs Program in Canada. In Australia, we've copied the format of that program (but unfortunately not the financial support, yet) and it is available for anyone to use. AMSI Intern is a program that CRCs (and those bidding for a CRC) should have a close look at. When running a CRC myself, I was extremely supportive of developing a strong training programs for postgraduates – in our case, "The Balanced Scientist" program – and that showed me both the extraordinary benefits and the considerable effort such a program is to deliver.
I'd like to recommend you consider using the AMSI Intern framework to deliver your intern programs – it could allow you to concentrate on what your CRC does well, handing over the logistics to AMSI.
The AMSI Intern program has been modelled on the highly successful Canadian experience. In this regard, Mitacs recognised a growing need for high-level postgraduates to enter all industry sectors. The Mitacs internships allow students to transfer their skills from theory to real world application, while companies gain a competitive advantage by accessing high-quality research expertise. Mitacs has placed more than 5,500 PhD interns, growing from 17 in 2003 to more than 2,000 in 2012. Retention into employment with the industry partner is just under 40%. See Mitacs CEO Arvind Gupta's speech at the Accelerate Australia Event.
AMSI Intern is an innovative national program working across industry, building links between universities and organisations. Our program provides organisations with high-end analytical expertise and is an alternative, cost-effective solution for a research challenge or problem facing your business. Postgraduate students, along with their university supervisors, come from all disciplines to partner with industry through short-term (4-5 month) tightly focused research internships.
AMSI Intern is the connector or switch that connects industry and universities together for research collaborations – the switch/ connector is about translating the problem between academia and industry.
Benefits of taking an AMSI Intern
- Further develop & innovate your business for future growth
- All Intellectual Property remains with your business
- Potential recruitment opportunities
- Payroll, insurance & public liability covered by the University
- 4-5 month internships provide attractive flexibility
- Connect with educational institutes
- Access to academic supervisor with specialist knowledge
- Linkage Grants opportunities
- AMSI manages admin with quick turnaround times
- A mature program modelled on international success
- Bring a new skill set to your business
Go to the AMSI Intern website
Don't forget to sign up for new
career planning tool
All researchers from CRC Association members have access to the ‘gold standard’ career planning tool. Developed by Vitae for the UK Research Councils and now endorsed by the European Union, the Research Development Framework (RDF) Planner gives researchers a powerful tool to gain insight into their career development.
Read more about this and other member offers on the CRCA website.
To request access to the RDF, send an email (quoting your CRCA Member’s name) to RDF@crca.asn.au.
Now Open – Fulbright Applications for 2014
NEW Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences and Fulbright Senior Scholar (any discipline)
SPONSORED BY KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, U.S.
The 2014 Fulbright Scholarship round for Australian applicants has just opened.
The Fulbright Program is the largest and one of the most prestigious educational scholarship programs in the world operating between the United States and over 155 countries worldwide. The program has supported over 300,000 scholarships worldwide, and around 4,800 scholarships between Australia and the U.S.
The Fulbright Distinguished Chair will work with K-State faculty in priority research areas that lead to ongoing collaborative partnerships between Australia and K-State to develop skills and capabilities in Agricultural and Life Sciences that result in a stronger bilateral relationship between Australia and the United States.
The Fulbright Senior Scholarship is for academics (generally at Associate Professor or Professorial level), government scientists or other key researchers to undertake a collaborative project at Kansas State University in the U.S. Successful applicants will work with a tenured or tenure-track colleague at K-State on a significant collaborative short-term research program in any academic discipline.
Find out more at www.fulbright.com.au
Shovel Load Assist
Increasing Safety and Efficiency
CRCMining is developing operator assistance technologies that will help operators of electric mining shovels load trucks more efficiently and safely. The Shovel Load Assist Project (SLAP) has developed two technologies:
- TruckShield: A layer-of-protection that prevents metal-on-metal collisions between the shovel and truck that might injure truck drivers or damage the truck or shovel.
- AutoLoad: A semi-automation swing technology that automates the swing, dump and return phases of the shovel loading cycle.
The benefits of SLAP technology span shovel safety, availability, productivity and maintenance through faster shovel cycle times, lower machine duty, improved material distribution in trucks, fewer impacts between truck and shovel and lower operator workload.
The project has shown that TruckShield and AutoLoad have the potential to help operators by addressing some of the main avenues for human error in shovel operation.
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