Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow, Project Housing Energy Efficiency Transitions

Melbourne, Australia
09 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
29 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Convenient CBD location
  • Full-Time- Fixed Term [TM1] Contract until 4 Jan 2022
  • Level B/C + 17% super (Level to be determined based on experience

Project background

HEET (Housing Energy Efficiency Transitions - Scaling up affordable retrofit) is a new research project, led by RMIT University, that will run from 2019-2021 and will investigate the lived experience of energy poverty and low carbon retrofit in Australian households as well as investigating the scaling up of retrofit service providers.

Set across eight global urban sites, the project will provide a socio-material analysis of retrofit that includes householders as well as the businesses that supply retrofit services. Outcomes will include a robust empirical evidence base on the implications of retrofit for households in energy poverty, and a co-designed policy suite that allows stakeholders to tailor actions that will shape the lives of residents in Australian households. Building on this, the research team will co-develop and document with end users a 10 year strategy to improve both environmental and equity dimensions of retrofit for current and future generations of urban Australians. It will also draw on UK and European context and case studies.

The HEET project is a collaboration between RMIT University, University of Adelaide, the Victorian Government, Brotherhood of St. Laurence, Moreland Energy Foundation, Master Builders Association, Lancaster University, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and Loughborough University. In addition to the Research Fellow position there will also be three fully funded PhD scholarships on the project.

For more information about the project see

The project team, led by Prof Ralph Horne, is now seeking to recruit a Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow to work on project HEET.

Our Organisation

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise. Our mission is to help shape the world through research, innovation, teaching and engagement. The School of Global, Urban and Social Studies is one of RMIT's largest schools. The School's vision is to contribute to a just and sustainable world, and to deliver education, training and research including in the area of sustainability and urban planning. [TM2]

The Role and Your Responsibilities

The Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow will manage day to day activities of the project coordination, data collection and analysis. This will involve organising and undertaking interviews with households and retrofit service providers. It will also involve literature and policy review and the incumbent will carry out independent and/or team research which has a significant impact in the area of fuel poverty and low carbon retrofit of housing.

Please note: The appointment level will be determined based on your experience level

Skills & Experience Required

To be considered for this opportunity, you will have an emerging track record and recognition for quality research outputs which will contribute to the focus of the HEET project and existing Discipline and School research areas evidenced by publications, development of new research initiatives, competitive research funding, and industry links. You will have specialist knowledge of energy poverty research and/or low carbon housing research, including a range of disciplinary perspectives on these topics spanning the social sciences. You will demonstrate experience of planning, conducting and analysis semi-structured interviews, with households and/or practitioners in low carbon affordable housing networks.

To Apply

For further information please contact Trivess Moore on +61 3 9925 9071 or to view a position description visit and search using job reference number 571656.

Applications close 11:55 pm on Thursday 29 November 2018.

Applicants are requested to separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description. This role will require satisfactory confirmation of a Working with Children Check.

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.

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