Graduate Development Program


 “We are looking for the next generation of scientists, engineers and business professionals who are excellent at what they do and passionate about a career in the amazing world of nuclear science” Regan Beckinsale, Early Career Talent and Development Leader


ANSTO aims to nurture the next generation of Australian graduates and provide strong foundations for exciting and fulfilling careers through our Graduate Development Program.  


The ANSTO Graduate Development Program is a reputable leadership program focused on providing professional development opportunities and hands-on experience in the nuclear science and technology industry.


Features of the program include:

  • The opportunity to be mentored by Australia’s top nuclear experts and senior leaders
  • A rotation program tailored to each graduate’s discipline and interests
  • A significant investment in professional development 


 “I chose to work at ANSTO as it is an organisation that fosters growth, innovation and scientific development - all of which are key factors I would like in a fulfilling career in nuclear science and engineering. Additionally, ANSTO thrives to give back to the community and shows true environmental stewardship. These qualities made ANSTO a very appealing organisation for a recent graduate looking for a long-term career in nuclear science.” Marina


“ANSTO allows me to work in the fascinating area of nuclear science alongside a world-class outreach and communications team.” Michael


“The culture at ANSTO, the commitment to development and the incredible work done by all facets of the organisation make ANSTO’s Graduate Program a stand-out opportunity for any young professional.” Kate     


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Answering your questions about the program

In this section you will find answers to questions about our Graduate Development Program. 

When will you be accepting applications for the next graduate intake?

With an intake every two years, applications will open in April 2018 for ANSTO's 2019 Graduate Development Program.

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What are we looking for in a graduate?
ANSTO is seeking high quality graduates interested in a diverse and challenging career in nuclear science and technology. Ideally, applicants will be in their final year of study, or have recently completed a degree in a relevant discipline.
What type of disciplines is ANSTO looking for?
Ideally, candidates will have a degree in one of the following areas: science, engineering, information technology, business, international relations, or communications.
How long is the recruitment process?
The evaluation process consists of three phases:  
  • Applicants are assessed on eligibility and merit.
  • Short-listed candidates participate in structured interviews and an assessment centre.
  • Prior to being offered a place in the program, nominated candidates must successfully complete a medical and security assessment.
Do I have to be an Australian Citizen to apply?
Yes. Due to our status as an Australian Federal Government Organisation it is a requirement that we only accept Australian citizens into the program.
Is there any further training/development offered to the Graduates?
Definitely! Throughout the program, graduates are involved in an array of training and development opportunities. Graduates do training together as a team as well as individual customised training. 
Is ANSTO a good place to work?
Of course it is! Life on the ANSTO campus is lively and diverse, and staff enjoy a wide range of facilities and services to support their work and lifestyle.

The ANSTO site resembles a university campus, with internal roads connecting more than 80 buildings spread over 70-hectares. Surrounded by natural bushland it has extensive sporting and leisure including football fields, squash courts, barbecues, a cafe and a swimming pool.

ANSTO has an active Social Club that organise sports competitions and social events as well as activities such as aerobics, soccer, touch football, yoga, bushwalking and cycling.       



For further information please contact the Early Career Talent & Development Team by phoning: +612 9717 3094 or email