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Research and Innovation Pathway Graduate Program

Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
Make your mark in the Research and Innovation Pathway through excellence in science and technology.

Opportunity details

Opportunity Type
Graduate Job
Number of Vacancies
70-100
Salary
AUD 73,343 / Year

+ 15.4% superannuation (promotion and salary advancement upon successful completion of the program)

Start Date
12 Feb 2025 - 19 Feb 2026

Application dates

Applications Open
26 Feb 2024
Applications Close
10 Apr 2024

Minimum requirements

Accepting International Applications
No
Qualifications Accepted
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Agribusiness
Agricultural Science
Aquaculture & Fisheries
Viticulture
Biochemistry
Biology
Chemistry
Earth Sciences
Ecology & Evolution
Environmental Studies
Forestry Studies
Parks & Wildlife Management
Food Science
Forensic Science
Genetics
Geology
Laboratory Technology
Marine Science
Physics & Astronomy
Veterinary Science
Sciences (all other)
Spatial Science

Hiring criteria

Entry pathway

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Working rights

Australia

  • Australian Citizen
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If a soldier wears it, uses it, eats it or thinks it, then someone in Defence came up with the science behind it.

Applicants for the Research and Innovation Pathway must have obtained a Bachelor's degree with Honours within the last 2 years before starting the program.

The Research and Innovation Pathway is for Honours graduates with a research focus in:

  • cyber
  • computer sciences
  • data science
  • engineering
  • information and communication technology
  • mathematics
  • nuclear science
  • science
  • technology.

Salary

All successful candidates start the Graduate Program on a salary of $73,343 plus 15.4% superannuation (increasing to $76,277 upon the Fair Work Commission approval of the Defence Enterprise Collective Agreement – 2024).

Graduates advance to a higher salary after successfully completing the Program. The amount depends on which training pathway completed.

Defence's is committed to enabling an enjoyable work-life balance through:

  • generous remuneration package
  • conditions of service
  • flexible work arrangements and
  • leave benefits.

Location

Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Duration

12 months – 1 x 8-month rotation and 1 x 4-month rotation.

Roles

Applicants to the Research and Innovation Pathway need to nominate one of these areas of interest:

  • aerospace/aeronautical engineering, naval architecture
  • chemical, radiological, biological, physical food sciences
  • computer sciences, cyber security, IT, software engineering, telecommunications
  • electronic/electrical engineering
  • materials science
  • mathematics and physics
  • mechanical and mechatronic engineering, including robotics
  • nuclear science
  • psychology and social sciences.

Defence is the winner of the 2023 Graduate Employer award for Government & Public Safety by Prosple.

Hiring criteria

You should have or be completing the following to apply for this opportunity.

Entry pathway
Degree or Certificate
Minimum Level of Study
Bachelor or higher
Study Field
S
Agricultural Science & Management
Biochemistry
Biology
Chemistry
Earth Sciences
Ecology & Evolution

Work rights

The opportunity is available to applicants in any of the following categories.

country
eligibility

Australia

Australia

Australian Citizen