Research Fellow, JIBE Projects

Melbourne, Australia
£54,827.19 - £65,108.51 per annum
Tuesday, 13 October 2020
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 10 November 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Fellow - Joining Impact models of transport to spatial measures of the Built Environment (JIBE)

  • Full-time, 2.5-years fixed-term contract; based at RMIT City campus but may be required to work and/or based at other campuses of the University
  • Join a dynamic and large international multidisciplinary team as part of the NHMRC/UKRI project "Joining Impact models of transport to spatial measures of the Built Environment," (JIBE), led by RMIT University and Cambridge University
  • Exciting research opportunity for Computer Scientist researchers with experience in spatial analysis and Agent-based Modelling in assisting the multidisciplinary team studying the impact of the built environment on transport behaviors and health using a range of methods, tools and data
  • Day-to-day reporting to the Director, Healthy Liveable Cities Group, with academic work supervised by Dr Dhirendra Singh, School of Science.
  • Remuneration at Academic Level B ($98,495 - $116,965) + 17% superannuation

About us

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

Our purpose is to offer life-changing experiences for our students, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and industry engagement. With strong industry connections forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMITs leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally focused graduates.


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Imagination. Agility. Courage. Passion. Impact. Inclusion.

What unites us is our purpose and our values; they are at the heart of who we are, what we stand for, how we make decisions and connect with each other.

Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices.

About the College/School

The College of Design and Social Context encompasses RMIT Universitys renowned art, architecture, design, built environment, communication, and social science disciplines. The college has 24,500 students and over 1,000 staff located in 8 schools.

The Colleges academic programs are generally market leaders and in high demand. Based on a strong foundation of practice led, industry partnered teaching and research, we aim to deliver skilled graduates with a deep sense of purpose, and high impact research and innovation.

More information on College of Design and Social Context in this link.

School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS)

Located in the heart of Melbourne on RMITs City Campus, the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies is one of RMITs largest schools. The Schools vision is to contribute to a just and sustainable world, and to deliver education, training and research in four areas of focus:

  • Criminology, legal and justice studies
  • Global studies, languages, translating and interpreting
  • Social work, youth work and social policy
  • Sustainability and urban planning

We provide academic programs in Higher Education in these four main areas. We are a strongly research active school with research centres of national and international reputation - the Centre for Urban Research and the Social and Global Studies Centre.

With outstanding industry links, strong pathways and excellent research records, most of the Schools academic programs are leaders in the market and in high demand. We aim to ensure every student has a transformative experience to prepare them for life and work in the growing professional areas of the future.

More information the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS) in this link.

About You & the Role

  • Design and develop a spatially representative synthetic population for Australian and UK cities and regions, with detailed demographics and routed trips to test the effects of built environment scenarios
  • Conduct research focusing on four key tasks outline in this project though collaboration and using resources effectively:
    • Using geospatial analysis undertaken by JIBE collaborators to match population demographics to built environment measures associated with people's travel behaviours and choices
    • Upgrade and develop exposure and health impact models for Australian and UK cities and regions to assess health and environmental impacts of built environment interventions
    • Developing and implementing built environment interventions identified by external stakeholders and studying effects on the travel behaviours of the synthetic populations
    • Disseminating research findings through publications, reports, algorithms and tools
  • Contribute to preparing and submitting competitive research papers on spatial analysis methods, as well as publications resulting from the work of the team and grant submissions & funding
  • Prepare and participate in presenting research findings and outcomes at seminars/conferences/guest lectures
  • Assist in supervising and mentoring postgraduate research students
  • Collaborate and build effective relationships with external stakeholders, data providers, custodians, and collaborators, as well as providing technical support and leadership to modelers within the team

You will have:

  • Knowledge and expertise in the use of spatial analysis in an applied field, including working knowledge with GIS software and spatial databases
  • Hands-on experience in designing and use of agent-based models including activity-based transport models
  • In-depth experience in utilising software development, including use of open source technologies and version control
  • Strong proficiency and skilled with statistical analysis packages, including data analysis and prototyping in R
  • Excellent research track records (nationally and/or internationally) in proven track record of highly rated Scopus-indexed publications in research field relevant for this project
  • Ability to communicate (verbally and written) research findings, technical concepts and knowledge with sound problem-solving & analytical skills to non-technical audiences
  • Passion and commitment to build strong relationships across all levels of professional staff within the organisation and industry as well as proven ability to source and seek alternative funding for projects through strengthening of partnerships with industry & external stakeholders
  • Proven experience in co-supervising post graduate students relevant to this area of expertise


Mandatory: PhD qualified in Computer Science, Geospatial Science or other relevant degree.

Preferred: Candidate with experience in web mapping and/or web development as well as visualization and cartography highly desirable. Expertise in machine and deep learning will be an added advantage in this position.

Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check.

Bring your whole self to work

We are better for our diversity. When we listen to those who are different to us, or challenge us, we grow stronger together. When we feel like we belong, we can achieve so much more. We respect each other, embrace our differences and build a sense of belonging in our team and beyond.

We are proud that our dedication to diversity has been recognized by a broad spectrum of external organizations. Visit our Linkedin Life pages to learn more and see some of our most recent wins.

To Apply

Please submit your updated resume and cover letter outlining your experience & achievements by clicking on the 'Apply now link. Please note that a separate response to Key Selection Criteria as stated on the Position Description is required. For any enquiries regarding this role, Professor Billie Giles-Corti (

We are also happy to make adjustments to the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. Please contact us via your preferred type of communication: email or call Kassie on +61399252442 with your request(s).

Applications close Tuesday 10th November 2020.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

Please note that whilst we still accept applications from any persons interested in our roles, due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications from those with current working rights in Australia and who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australias immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak:

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