2021 Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellowship

Melbourne, Australia
Sep 01, 2021
End of advertisement period
Sep 28, 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Contribute to High-Quality Collaborative Research with Significant Community Impact
  • Attractive Salary + 17% Super, Flexible Working Arrangements on Offer
  • 3 or 4 Year Fixed Term Contract (Depending on Fellowship type)

About us

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 95,000 students and 10,000 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.

About The Role

Whether you just started your career at research or have a proven track record, an RMIT Research Fellowship can help to consolidate your career as a Research Scientist.

As an RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow you will:

  • Contribute significantly to our strategic research priority themes and research priority areas — generating new ideas and building our research and innovation capability
  • Apply innovative, enterprising research practice to solving complex problems and meeting the needs of communities
  • Identify and develop innovative solutions to problems affecting communities around the world
  • Work with internationally recognised partners to ensure our research creates value and positively impacts the economy, society, and the environment.

The 2021 Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellowships open 1 September, and we are looking to hear from Senior Research, Research Fellows, and Postdoctoral Fellows whose research, experience and expertise align with one of RMIT’s 8 Strategic Research Priority Themes and one or more of our Enabling Capability Platforms (ECPs).

RMIT’s 8 Strategic Research Priority Themes:

  • Digital and Economy Transformation
  • Health Transformation
  • Business and Enterprise Transformation
  • Environmental Sustainability and Climate Resilience
  • Urban Infrastructures
  • Creative Technologies
  • Indigenous Knowledge - This means that only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply.
  • Social Equality and Justice

 RMIT’s 8 Enabling Capability Platforms (ECPs):

We connect researchers from across disciplines from RMIT’s Colleges and Schools through eight inter-disciplinary primary research clusters called Enabling Capability Platforms. This unique way of working brings together staff and students from different backgrounds and from all over RMIT’s research ecosystem to harness resources and expertise to the benefit of high quality and relevant research outcomes.

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Fabrication
  • Advanced Materials
  • Biomedical and Health Innovation
  • Design and Creative Practice
  • Global Business Innovation
  • Information and Systems (Engineering)
  • Social Change
  • Urban Futures

RMIT’s Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellows make significant contributions to RMIT’s research priorities by developing and engaging in high-quality, high impact research projects, which address local, national, regional and global challenges.

Special Measures

RMIT is committed to driving progress towards gender equality and ensuring diverse and balanced representation at every level of our organisation. To address the under representation of women in STEMM, applications from women, including all those who identify as women or gender diverse for Academic Level C positions in the following Schools:

  • School of Computing Technologies
  • School of Property Construction and Project Management
  • School of Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain
  • School of Science

In addition, female only applicants are accepted for Academic Levels B and C positions in the following School:

  • School of Engineering

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 the academic levels and Schools listed above.

These conditions do not apply to the Postdoctoral Fellowships.

About Your Skills & Experience

You will have prior experience in conducting and leading research, as well as experience in attracting research funding, including competitive grants from both national and international sources. You will be recognised for producing high quality outputs and have evidence of collaboration across industry and/or research organisations and/or disciplines.

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 recognised by a broad spectrum of external organisations. Visit our Linkedin Life pages to learn more and see some of our most recent wins.

RMIT has a strong dhumbali (commitment) to the employment, development and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within a culturally safe environment; we strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

To Apply

Submit your application form via the link below.

We ask you to align your Fellowship application to one of our Research Priority Theme’s, and one or more Enabling Capability Platforms (ECPs), and one School.

Applications must include:

  • Eligibility questions, research output and achievements, and detailed information about your career 
  • A 100-word summary of your intended research project and a 100-word statement of potential impact from your research
  • A copy of your CV
  • A 3-minute video describing how your research aligns with one of the research theme priorities and a research highlight that has made the most significant impact and why

For further information on the application process and to apply please visit: Vice-Chancellor's Fellowships

Please Note: Fellowships are not available to current RMIT employees who are already in ongoing academic roles.

Applications close at 17:00pm on 28 September 2021 Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

VCRF Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellow 

VCRF Indigenous Research OR Senior Research Fellow 

VCRF Postdoctoral Fellow

VCRF Research Fellow

VCRF Senior Research Fellow

For enquiries only, email Please do not submit applications via this email as they will not be processed.

RMIT is a Disability Confident Recruitment Team and we are happy to adjust the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. Please contact us at telling us your preferred type of communication and we will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss your requirements.

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.

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.