Research Fellow, Functional Materials and Microsystems

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Melbourne, Australia
23 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
07 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time, fixed-term (2 years) position available
  • Be part of the Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group within the School of Engineering
  • Remuneration at Academic Level B ($98,495- $116,965) + 17% Superannuation
  • Special Measures Recruitment - Women, including all who identify as women, trans or gender diverse and/or Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples Only Position

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


Our Values inspire us, wherever we are in the world, and guide how we live and work together.

Imagination. Agility. Courage. Passion. Impact. Inclusion.

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. When you join our team, you'll be able to access a range of benefits. From travel to fitness, there's something for everyone.

Special Measures

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

Were 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 applications from women, including all who identify as women, trans or gender diverse and/or Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people(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 School of Engineering

The School of Engineering comprises a diverse range of disciplines: Aerospace Engineering & Aviation; Chemical & Environmental Engineering; Civil & Infrastructure Engineering; Electrical & Biomedical Engineering; Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering; Manufacturing, Materials & Mechatronic Engineering; Mechanical & Automotive Engineering.

As a top 100 university in the world for engineering (2015 QS Rankings by Faculty; Engineering and Technology), RMIT Engineering provides students with work-relevant education programs, access to excellent research facilities and opportunities to engage in creative real-world project work through robust relations with local and international industry leaders.

RMIT Engineerings education is based on innovation and creativity. Key discipline areas in the School of Engineering provide programs with flexible pathways to global careers or postgraduate research.

More details on the School of Engineering in this link.

About the Role

  • As the Research Fellow, you will be part of the Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group undertaking high impact research spanning the discovery to translation pipeline
  • The primary focus of this role will be to plan, develop and engage in high quality research projects that are aligned with the objectives of the Australian Research Council Discovery Project DP200100126
  • You will contribute to ongoing industry research partnerships and in postgraduate research training
  • You will embed your research expertise into the life of the School through the development of high-quality research networks across RMIT community and with local and national, internal and external partners
  • You will engage in high quality research projects to achieve success in attracting research funding

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

  • Emerging track record and recognition for quality research outputs evidenced by publications, development of new research initiatives, competitive research funding, and/or industry links
  • Previous experience in nanofabrication (particularly electron beam lithography), microfabrication, thin film processing, and electronic characterization
  • Ability to grow networks and build research collaborations
  • Ability to communicate research results, concepts and knowledge
  • Strong communication skills and ability to effectively and successfully interact with higher degree by research students, staff and industry, together with a strong commitment to teamwork and multidisciplinary collaboration.


Mandatory: PhD or equivalent in relevant field.

Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check.

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.

Were proud to share with you some of our wins:

  • 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.
  • We are ranked #1 in the world for our efforts to reduce inequality in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2020.
  • RMIT University is placed 10th in overall Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2020, rocketing up from 82nd place in 2019.

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 Professor Sharath Sriram, School of Engineering at

Applications close on Tuesday, 7th of July 2020.

RMIT welcomes and encourages candidates with disabilities to apply for our roles. If you require an adjustment to equitably participate in the recruitment process, please contact us via your preferred type of communication: email or call Kassie on +61399252442 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 pplications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

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