Industry PhD scholarship in Derivatives Trading Analysis

La Trobe University - La Trobe University in partnership with

Developing an open standard for the wholesale exchange traded derivatives market.

Research areas: Fintech, Regtech, Blockchain, Big Data

This Industry PhD scholarship, established by La Trobe University (LTU) in partnership with (DCA), will be awarded to an outstanding PhD applicant with a background in computer science, information technology, information systems, and related fields in engineering.

The aim 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 standard will include an information transmission protocol that enables traders, brokers and regulators to monitor and analyse its data traffic in real time. The candidate 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 in Bendigo and/or Melbourne, Australia. The expected project commencement date is in March 2018.

Benefits of the scholarship

Benefits of the scholarship include:

  • a LTU 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 LTU
  • 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 LTU’s outstanding researchers
  • access to LTU’s suite of professional development programs
  • access to industry-specific on-site training with DCA.

Eligibility criteria



  • Understanding of the current industry practice in wholesale derivatives training
  • Knowledge of computer networks, data communication and cybersecurity

How to apply
If you are interested in applying for the Industry PhD Scholarship in Derivatives Trading Analysis, please send an Expression of interest, including 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 and if successful, advised of the next steps in the application process.

For a full scholarship advert, please visit the Specialist Research Scholarships website of La Trobe University.

Contact us
Dr KC Chan
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Computer Science and Information Technology
Tel: +61 (0)3 5444 7276

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