Industry PhD Scholarship in Derivatives Trading Analysis

La Trobe University

A doctoral scholarship awarded to an outstanding candidate to undertake research with a view of developing an open standard for the wholesale exchange traded derivatives market. This Industry PhD scholarship, established by La Trobe University in partnership with (DCA), will be awarded to a qualified applicant with a background in computer science, information technology, information systems, and related fields in engineering. The aim of this research project is to develop an open standard to help the derivatives trading industry and regulators across various jurisdictions streamline the derivatives trading and compliance processes. This open standard will include an information transmission protocol that enables traders, brokers and regulators to monitor and analyse its data traffic in real time. The PhD candidate undertaking the research will be required to understand the current practice through on-site training, research into potential solutions, and specify requirements. Based on the findings, the PhD candidate will design and develop an industry standard, and build an experimental system to verify and evaluate the proposed standard and compliance process. The research will be based at DCA in Sydney, Australia and the candidate will engage in frequent meetings with their supervisors and other staff members at La Trobe. Applicants should have a high level of achievement, including a first class honours degree or equivalent.


Essential: - First class honours degree or equivalent in computer science, information technology and/or electrical engineering - International applicants: Meet the English language entry requirements at La Trobe University Desirable: - Understanding of the current industry practice in wholesale derivatives training - Knowledge of computer networks, data communication and cybersecurity

Further details

How to apply: If you wish to apply for the Industry PhD Scholarship in Derivatives Trading Analysis, follow these steps: 1. Expression of interest: Send your resume, transcripts, certificates and relevant publications (if any) in one PDF file to . You will be notified of the outcome of your expression of interest by email. 2. Interview: If your expression of interest is successful, you will be invited to an interview with representatives of La Trobe and DCA. 3. Invitation to apply: If you are shortlisted for the scholarship, you will be invited to formally apply for both the scholarship and for PhD candidature. Instructions on how to apply will be provided to shortlisted candidates. La Trobe will carefully review your application and consider you for this scholarship. We anticipate that shortlisted applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application by February 2018 and that the successful applicant will commence candidature by March 2018. Please contact Dr Ka Chan ( if any questions.

Amount $27,082

Benefits of the scholarship Benefits of the scholarship include: - a La Trobe PhD Scholarship for three years, with a value of $27,082 per annum (2018 rate) - a fee-relief scholarship (LTU-FFRS) for up to four years for international applicants - academic supervision provided by La Trobe - industry supervision and mentoring provided by DCA - conduct research in shaping the future compliance processes for the wholesale derivatives industry in Australia and the United States - opportunity to build professional networks in the sector - opportunities to work with La Trobe's outstanding researchers - access to La Trobe's suite of professional development programs - access to industry-specific on-site training with DCA.

Closing date Open until filled
Frequency Once Only
Duration years
Student type Australian
Gender Co-Ed
For Australian students
For international students
Level of study Postgraduate
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