The Science, Technology, Engineering Leadership, and Research Laboratory (STELaRLab) is Lockheed Martin’s first multidisciplinary R&D laboratory based outside the United States.  Headquartered in Melbourne with sites in Adelaide and Brisbane, STELaRLab undertakes R&D into information sciences, particularly those associated with machine learning/artificial intelligence, resource optimisation/allocation, tracking and sensor fusion, space systems (satellite-based geospatial image processing, space situational awareness, space mission systems), decision support tools, and information architectures.

The STELaRLab have several PhD top-up scholarships available to Griffith University PhD students. These top-up scholarship provide a generous stipend of up to $20K per year for quality applications in the areas of:

  1. Integration of symbolic/sub-symbolic approaches to enable machines that can learn and adapt to novel situations (e.g. integration of first-order logics with statistical deep-learning techniques);
  2. Automated analysis of open-source, web-based information for veracity assessment (e.g. detection of “fake news”, detection of narrative shifts, etc and the subsequent inferencing of intent);
  3. Development of detection, tracking, and sensor fusion algorithms for distributed sensing and optimisation of sensor scheduling (particularly in a space situational awareness context);
  4. Advanced human-machine interfaces including AR/VR, natural language processing etc; or
  5. Geospatial analysis and advanced image processing for earth observation.

The successful candidate will be working with a team of academics and postdocs and will regularly liaise with STELaRLab researchers.

The successful candidates will be located within the School of ICT and the Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems (IIIS). The School of ICT at Griffith University conducts world class research in IT and computer science and is ranked among the top 150 in the world in Computer Science and Engineering according to the latest 2019 Academic Ranking of World University. The IIIS is the School of ICT’s research platform, which conducts cutting edge basic and applied research in AI, Computer Vision, Big Data, and Cybersecurity.

  • Applicants must be Australian citizens.
  • Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a Bachelors degree with honours equivalent to first class honours and be intending to enrol full-time in an approved doctoral program
  • Applicants currently enrolled in a PhD program at Griffith University can also apply.
  • Applicants must also be in receipt of or be awarded a Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship/Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship or equivalent.
  • Applicants are expected to have a strong background in computer science, mathematics or a related discipline, ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Applicants should be highly motivated to perform innovative scientific research and publish their research in high-quality conferences and journals.
  • Applicants currently enrolled in a PhD program at Griffith University should provide a CV and a 2-page statement explaining how their research fit into the above areas.

The STELaRLab PhD top-up scholarship has an annual stipend of up to $20K for a period of up to three years of full-time study.

This top-up scholarship, will only be awarded in conjunction with a Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship or equivalent stipend, offering a total stipend and top up valued up to $47,596 per annum.

Please see the GUPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

As a scholarship holder, you will study with a University that ranks among the top 2% worldwide and spans across five campuses in South East Queensland. At Griffith University, we’ve worked hard to create a culture that will challenge you to be curious, creative and courageous. We also support the professional and personal development of all our HDR candidates and invest in the skills of our people. Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. Griffith's strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

For project related enquiries please contact:

Associate Professor Alan Liew, Deputy Head of School (Research)
School of ICT
Phone: (07) 55528671

For administration enquiries please contact:

Griffith Graduate Research School
Phone: (07) 3735 3817

The closing date to submit an EoI or new application is 1 October 2019

For applicants applying to enrol into a Griffith University PhD program: 

Applicants should visit the Griffith University website and follow the process for applying for entry to the Griffith Higher Degree Research program, which includes a section for scholarship applications. When applying for entry, interested applicants should specify the ‘Lockheed Martin STELaRLab PhD top-up scholarship’ under ‘Other’ as the scholarship they wish to be considered for as part of their application.

For applicants currently enrolled in a PhD program already in receipt of a GUPRS or equivalent stipend scholarship: 

Please submit an expression of interest (EoI) by providing a CV and a 2-page statement explaining how your research fit into the above areas and email the documents to Associate Professor Alan Liew (Email: ).

For applicants currently enrolled in a PhD program NOT in receipt of a stipend scholarship: 

Please submit an expression of interest (EoI) by providing a CV and a 2-page statement explaining how your research fit into the above areas and email the documents to Associate Professor Alan Liew (Email: ). You will also need to submit an application for a GUPRS scholarship through MyGriffith following the process for 'First year HDR candidates'.

Please note that applications for the STELaRLab PhD top-up scholarships will be evaluated by a panel of experts from Griffith University and STELaRLab.

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