Research Fellow in Optimisation

Melbourne, Australia
$97,558 - $104,717 p.a. (PhD entry-level $97,558) p.a. plus 17% super
12 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
27 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time/Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Mathematics and Statistics
Salary: Level A – $97,558 - $104,717 p.a. (PhD entry-level $97,558) p.a. plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About the School of Mathematics and Statistics

The University of Melbourne's School of Mathematics and Statistics is one of Australia's leading mathematics and statistics schools. It has achieved this status through the high quality of its research and teaching programs. The School offers a wide range of subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students and is involved in aspects of community life that impact on the interests of the School and the discipline.

About the Role

This Research Fellow will be expected to work closely with Dr Matthew K. Tam and Dr Minh N. Dao on the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded research program Distributed Optimisation without Central Coordination (funded under the Discovery Program). While the research program is guided by a set of research questions, there will be considerable scope for this Research Fellow to develop their own ideas within a broader research agenda.

Responsibilities include:

The incumbent is expected to significantly contribute towards the research effort of the team and to develop their research expertise with an increasing degree of autonomy.

  • Under the guidance and support of Senior Academic staff conduct internationally competitive research, resulting in publications in high impact journals.
  • Contribute to and publish academic papers and other scholarly outputs to a high academic standard in accordance with the research expectations of the University of Melbourne.
  • Actively participate in research seminars and conferences to disseminate research findings as opportunities arise.
  • Contribute to the preparation, or where appropriate individual preparation of research proposal submissions to internal or external funding bodies as relevant.
  • Contribute to scientific mentoring and supervision of students

About You

You have experience within at least one of the following: continuous optimisation, distributed optimisation, monotone operator splitting, nonsmooth and variational analysis, or federated learning. You will be able to demonstrate excellent organisational skills to meet deadlines and bring projects to a timely completion.

You will also have:

  • Completion (or near completion) of a PhD in continuous optimisation, distributed optimisation, monotone operator splitting, nonsmooth and variational analysis, federated learning or a related area.
  • A demonstrated aptitude for research, with a sound publication record in relevant areas, commensurate with experience and opportunities.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare research reports and manuscripts for publication.
  • Strong evidence of ability and desire to build an academic research career trajectory.

To apply for this role, please submit your application via MathJobs,

Applications not submitted via MathJobs will not be considered.

About the University

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact  us at

Applications close: 27 March 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Position description: 0058660_Research Fellow in Optimisation_PD.pdf

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