Vice-Chancellor's Indigenous Research Fellowship

Melbourne, Australia
07 Sep 2021
End of advertisement period
28 Sep 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Two (2) Special Measures Identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowships  
  • Contribute to High-Quality Collaborative Research with Significant Community Impact  
  • Attractive Salary + 17% Super, Flexible Working Arrangements on Offer  
  • 4 Year Fixed Term Contract  

About The Role  

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

As an RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous 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 Indigenous candidates 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).  

We are looking to recruit two Indigenous Research Fellows – these can be applied to the Indigenous Knowledge research priority theme or across any other research priority themes.  

RMIT’s 8 Strategic Research Priority Themes:  

  • Indigenous Knowledge  
  • Digital and Economy Transformation 
  • Health Transformation  
  • Business and Enterprise Transformation   
  • Environmental Sustainability and Climate Resilience 
  • Urban Infrastructures 
  • Creative Technologies 
  • 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. 

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

RMIT staff on casual or fixed-term contracts who meet the Fellowship’s eligibility criteria are eligible to apply. 

Special Measures  

The Indigenous Research Fellowships are an identified opportunity under ‘Special Measures’ of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act 2010. This means that only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply. Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage is required, and you will need to submit this during the application process.   

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. 

Further information for Indigenous applicants 

The People team support Indigenous applicants.  For support, email   

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  

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

Position descriptions

VCRF Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellow 
VCRF Indigenous Research OR 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. These Fellowships are Special Measures roles for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants only.  

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