Research Fellow in Indigenous Engineering Mapping

Melbourne, Australia
Aug 31, 2021
End of advertisement period
Sep 28, 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
Department/School: School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering
Salary: $75,289 - $102,163 (Level A)
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Part time - 17% super

  • Part-Time - 4 days a week
  • Background in one of geospatial information science/geomatics, archaeology, anthropology, immersive media or computer or information science – with Indigenous focus
  • Established Academic OR Industry Specialists Welcome!

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, we are globally engaged; comprehensive; research-intensive; and committed to responding to the major challenges of our time.

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) is strongly committed to supporting diversity and flexibility in the workplace. Improving the representation of women is necessary in our goal to innovate and to strengthen FEIT’s reputation as a best-in-class centre of research.

School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering (EMI) recognises that engineered systems of present and future significance increasingly have connections to all three.

We are the oldest engineering school in Australia – initially founded in 1861 – and have evolved into a vibrant community of internationally recognised researchers passionate about addressing major challenges of today and into the future.

About the role:

You will conduct key research substantially contributing to the ARC Special Research Initiative project “Indigenous Engineering: interpreting engineering foundations of Budj Bim”. This project aims to document and understand how the Traditional Owners of the Budj Bim UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape, the Gunditjmara people, constructed and operated the elaborate eel trapping and aquaculture systems, water channels and settlements. This project applies and develops new geospatial analytical and visualization technologies to enhance our understanding of Gunditjmara history, technological ingenuity and endeavour by revealing how the system functioned and evolved over time.

You will conduct research contributing to one or multiple pillars of this project, that include (1) geomorphological data interpretation and modelling for the analysis of the extent, structures and parameters of the Budj Bim aquaculture system and their relationships based on high resolution geospatial data and machine learning; (2) undertaking field work to ground truth analytical findings and to support geochronological analyses; and (3) developing methods for the visual communication of the findings linking traditional and contemporary engineering knowledge through culturally adapted, immersive virtual/augmented reality.

Depending on our skills and interests, you will contribute, in collaboration with PhD students and project investigators to some or all of these project components. You will be expected to establish a close rapport with the Traditional Owners of Budj Bim, the Gunditjmara people who steer this project and are to benefit from the findings. You will contribute to the administration and reporting tasks of the project, and its promotion and outreach activities.

You will be located in Melbourne Connect, the new spaces of the Faculty for Engineering and Information Technology, and you will be expected to be an active member of the department of Infrastructure Engineering. You may be asked to contribute small amounts of teaching directly related to your area of research, in order to develop a full academic record and competitive profile.

About You:

Naturally you will be capable of demonstrating your prior record of achievement in the following:

  • Masters or PhD (or at least a submitted thesis by the time of application) in geospatial information science/geomatics, archaeology, anthropology, immersive media or computer or information science, or closely related discipline, or equivalent professional expertise
  • Independent research as well as cooperative research in interdisciplinary teams
  • Capacity to communicate research to technical and non-technical audiences by excellent written and verbal communication skills, including in academic publications or at conferences, commensurate with opportunity
  • Excellent ability in analysing of data, problem solving and maintaining accurate research records
  • Initiative, responsibility and honesty, and ability to prioritise tasks to achieve project objectives within timelines
  • Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills, including an ability to interact with internal and external stakeholders (in particular, Traditional Owners, as well as academic, administrative and support staff) in a courteous and effective manner

Additionally, it would be desirable (but not necessary) if you if you also had experience in relation to any of the following:

  • Geospatial data handling (DEM, lidar), analysis and/or machine learning with imagery and digital elevation models; and/or virtual/augmented reality and immersive media development expertise;
  • Engagement with Traditional Owners and their knowledge systems, and Willingness to engage in respectful community-led research
  • Supervision of students and/or research assistants
  • Submission of grant applications

For specific responsibilities of this role please refer to the attached Position Description.

You will be supported to pursue achievement in all four pillars of an academic career:

  • Research
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Engagement
  • Service and Leadership

What we offer you

We offer flexibility, whatever that may mean for you. Many of our benefit programs and onsite amenities are aimed at supporting you - including generous leave, childcare subsidies, discounted parking, medical and health care. We offer extensive opportunities for personal and professional development, and we’ll support you in doing what you love.

We seek to increase the diversity of our workforce and the representation of all members of our community that have been traditionally under-represented.

If you’re curious, motivated and ready to undertake a meaningful and rewarding role we’re ready to meet you.

How to Apply

Apply online, complete the application and upload your:

  • Cover Letter - addressing all selection criteria
  • Resume.

PLEASE NOTE: You must be currently located within Australia and able to commence immediately or as soon as your notice period has been served.

You will be an Australian Citizen; Permanent Resident or holder of an appropriate visa.

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Position Description


Applications close: 28 Sep 2021 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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