Research Assistant/Fellow in Data Science

Melbourne, Australia
19 Oct 2021
End of advertisement period
09 Nov 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Research Assistant/Fellow in Data Reduction for Risk in Buildings from Airborne Pathogens
  • Full Time, Fixed Term Position - 6 Months
  • January 2022 Start
  • Academic Level A6 or B1 +17% Superannuation and Flexible Working Arrangements
  • Based at the City campus, but may be required to work and/or be based at other campuses of the University

About Role/You

As the Research Assistant or Fellow, you will undertake research activities in line with the University's research strategy. Specifically, you will work as a member of the multidisciplinary team working on a Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund (VHESIF) project that aims to develop digital tools and techniques for improving workplace safety from airborne pathogens including COVID-19. This project will require connecting offline datasets for pathogen risk (CFD simulations & human movement (building security data) with online datasets (IoT/BMS/building security).

As one of the five Research Assistant/Fellows in this project, you will obtain the above datasets from other project researchers & industry clients. Your tasks then involve providing a linkage system & common data interfaces between these component datasets and a query/interrogation system for use by project team members & clients. The datasets include building management system (BMS) IoT environmental sensor data, building security system data (swipe card & camera), and airborne pathogen data (initially for COVID-19) obtained from computational fluid dynamics simulations of commercial Victorian buildings. The outcome of this project will be a cutting-edge, rapidly executed digital system for assessing COVID infection risk in commercial buildings.

Please note that this will be a 6-month contract starting in January 2022.

To be successful in this position, you'll have:

  • PhD or equivalent in Data Science, Information Technology, or relevant fields.
  • Ability to generate alternative funding projects through effective liaison with industry and government.
  • Scholarly writing skills and experience in preparing publications for a variety of audiences, including relevant publications in high quality peer reviewed journals and conferences.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a high-achieving and collegial research culture.

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

About the College

The STEM College holds a leading position and expertise in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health (STEM) fields. We are uniquely positioned to influence and partner with industry, as never before.

STEM College is a community of exceptional STEM researchers, teachers, inventors, designers and game-changers, supported by talented professional staff. We offer higher education programs across all STEM disciplines at the Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, and ensure our students experience an education that is work-aligned and life-changing.

The College is renowned for its exemplary research in many STEM areas including advanced manufacturing and design; computing technologies; health innovation and translational medicine; nano materials and devices; and sustainable systems. Our brilliant researchers attract funding from government and industry sources.

Industry is at the heart of what we do. It ensures our research has real world impact, and our students are truly work-ready. Under the leadership of DVC STEM College & Vice President, Digital Innovation, we have established new hubs of industry-connected digital innovation and endeavour and are engaging with global STEM organisations at scale.

To Apply 

Please submit your CV, covering letter and on a separate document address the Key Selection Criteria for this position by clicking on the 'Apply' link below. For further information about this position, please see Position Description below.

Applications close on the 9th of November at 11:59 pm.

About RMIT

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.

Bring Your Whole Self to Work

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.

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.

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.

Please note that whilst we still accept applications from any persons interested in our roles, due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications from those with current working rights in Australia and who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak:

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