Research Fellow in Computer Science

Melbourne, Australia
15 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
13 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Research Fellow (background in Information Retrieval and User Analytics) working on specific projects (New Evaluation Methods and Frameworks for Job Search)
  • Convenient CBD location
  • Full time, 10 month fixed term contract
  • $94,671 - $112,424 p.a. + Superannuation

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, and to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work.

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.

In the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject, RMIT is 11th in the world (highest ranked in Australia) in Art and Design, and 26th in the world (fourth highest in Australia) in Architecture and the Built Environment. We are also among the world's top 100 universities in Engineering (Civil and Structural; Electrical and Electronic; and Mechanical, Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing); Accounting and Finance; and Business and Management Studies).

RMIT University is an Athena SWAN member 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.

The Role and Responsibilities

The Research Fellow will work on a range of research projects in the crossover of Information Retrieval, User Analytics, Machine Learning, and Recommendation. Duties includes helping to design and develop new evaluation methods and frameworks for Information Retrieval in the context of complex tasks such as job search; analysing user behaviours in the use of complex search tasks and recommender systems in physical space; and managing the performance of research teams and delivering on practical outcomes. The research will be embedded in a collaboration between RMIT University, other academic institutions, and industry partners, and boasts a team of investigators containing leading IR researchers.

Skills & Experience Required

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Computer Science or closely related area, with proven research contributions in Information Retrieval, particularly in evaluation methods and frameworks. Specific research topics of interest include evaluation metrics (esp. for interactive IR), user analytics from logs of behaviour, and associated techniques. You will bring to the role your strong programming skills and excellent publication track record. Your excellent communication and teamwork skills, including leading and mentoring junior staff and supervising research students, are essential to your success in this role. A history of engagement with industry, collaboration with external partners, and practical research outcomes will be very desirable.

The position will be affiliated with RMIT's Information Search and Retrieval (ISAR) research group and will involve close collaboration with investigators from other universities and industry partners.

To Apply

For further information please contact Lawrence Cavedon on +61 3 9925 2325 or or to view a position description visit and search using job reference number 571798.

Applications close on Thursday 13th December 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.