Associate Professor in Computer Science

Melbourne, Australia
Feb 13, 2020
End of advertisement period
Mar 19, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Special Measures Recruitment, Female or Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples Only Position
  • Continuing Position, 1.0 FTE, RMIT City Campus
  • $142, 437 - $156, 921 + 17% Super, Flexible Working Arrangements

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 RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally focused graduates.


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.

Special Measures

RMIT is committed to driving progression towards gender equality and ensuring the diversity in our organisation is balanced at every level.

We’re proud members of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Athena SWAN Program to support gender equity and diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines, and its Bronze Medal recipient. 

To address the under representation of women and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples (s) in STEMM, this role will only be accepting female applicants or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples(s).

The Section 12 of the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act permits the University to conduct female only recruitment in addressing the substantive imbalance of female representation in Science, Engineering and Business, IT and Logistics schools. The Racial Discrimination Act permits special measures that foster greater racial equality in the Australian community.

About the College/Role

The School of Science is one of RMIT's top-performing research schools; we deliver research that addresses the 'real life questions' essential to Australia's innovation agenda.

The teaching programs of the Computer Science disciplines cover a wide array of pertinent areas including programming languages and methodology, software systems design and software engineering, cloud computing, theory of computation, database systems and data science, games and graphics, artificial intelligence, data communications and networks, web- and mobile-programming, and computer and network security. Major research areas of the Computer Science disciplines include Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, Information Retrieval, Cybersecurity, Distributed Systems and Applications, and Computer Science Education. RMIT is ranked in the top 150 universities world-wide, and equal 8th in Australia, for Computer Science and Information Systems, according to the 2019 QS Rankings.

As an Associate Professor in Computer Science you will:

  • Lead advancement of teaching in the discipline including initiating program improvements, improving academic standards, leading assessment design, conduct and moderation, and potentially managing an academic program.
  • Make original contributions in research, produce outputs in highest-quality Computer Science venues, obtain external funding to support the research in your area of expertise, establish collaborations with national and international research organisations, government and industry to facilitate research impact.
  • Lead outstanding contribution to the teaching, research and/or scholarship activities of an organisational unit, including a large organisational unit or interdisciplinary area, and to make an outstanding contribution to the governance and collegial life inside and outside of the University.

About you

As a Special Measures Female or Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples applicant, you will have:

  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate courses and prepare and deliver into Computer Science programs at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, including high quality curriculum and program materials and ability to design and implement innovative approaches to student-centred learning and quality improvement.
  • An internationally recognised research track record including substantial record of research outputs in high quality Computer Science outlets related to FOR code 08. An outstanding research track record in Computer Science related to Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Distributed Systems, Cybersecurity, or Digital Health would be seen as particularly valuable.
  • A track record of research leadership with the ability to build and develop collaborative research teams, attract and secure external research funding to sustain research effort, and manage funded research projects including complex budgets and reporting requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise higher degree by research candidates to maximise research performance, with a track record of supervising candidates to completion.


  • This position requires a PhD in Computer Science or a related area.

Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check and special measures

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’re proud to share with you some of our wins:

  • RMIT University is an Athena SWAN member with Bronze Award accreditation and the College of Science, Engineering and Health is central to driving improvements in gender equality, diversity and inclusion, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines.
  • We placed 11th in the 2019 Talent Board APAC Candidate Experience Awards.
  • RMIT was placed 10th in the 2019 Randstad Employer Brand Research Awards, up five spots from 2018.
  • We were named as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in 2019.
  • We achieved Gold Employer status for LGBTIQ inclusion in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) in 2018 and now in 2019.
  • We were recognised as a top five employer in 2018 for workplace accessibility with the Australian Network on Disability.
  • The launch of our second Reconciliation Plan, Dhumbah Goorowa– a “commitment to share” - an important step in our reconciliation journey.

To Apply

please submit your CV and cover letter outlining your interest in this role. Candidates are requested to separately address the key selection criteria outlined in the position description. For further information please contact Sheri Carnegie at using job reference number 572134.

Applications close 19 March 2020.

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In assessing merit, RMIT accommodates an emerging contemporary approach to work and career and will recognise achievement relative to opportunity. In your application, we encourage you to comment on your achievement relative to opportunity.

We are also happy to adjust the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. Please email with your request(s).

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.