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Elizabeth & Vernon Puzey Fellowship

Melbourne, Australia
$101,460 - $108-906 (pro rata for part-time) p.a. plus 17% super
Closing date
22 Mar 2024

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Job Details

Job no: 0061724
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time; Fixed term for 3 years
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
Department/School: School of Computing and Information Systems
Salary: Level A.6- A.8 $101,460 - $108-906 (pro rata for part-time) p.a. plus 17% super

  • Conduct independent research on your nominated research topic, contribute to peer-reviewed publications, and actively engage in collaborative research endeavours.
  • Excellent opportunity to join a prestigious fellowship program at the University of Melbourne, benefiting from a supportive research environment, potential for interdisciplinary collaboration, and a focus on increasing gender diversity in academic roles.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

The Elizabeth & Vernon Puzey Fellowship seeks to attract outstanding early career doctoral graduates to the University of Melbourne, with a focus in 2024 on research priorities in computing and information technology. You will conduct independent research, publish findings, and collaborate with researchers in the School of Computing and Information Systems. This prestigious fellowship offers a three-year term, research allowance, and encourages gender diversity in academia.

Note the Puzey Fellowship scheme at the University of Melbourne is awarded annually, with the research focus rotating among the fields of medicine, science, and engineering. In 2024, the Fellowship research focus area is in the fields of engineering specified above. The University of Melbourne is concurrently advertising for applicants for the 2025 Puzey Fellowship via a separate process. For more information please see here.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Independently plan and carry out research on the appointee’s nominated research project area and work towards completion of the aims of the project;
  • Develop effective timelines and milestones based on goals of the research programme;
  • Perform qualitative and/or statistical analysis of research data and communicate this information to collaborators;
  • Regularly write technical reports on the outputs of the research conducted, and maintain accurate and detailed records of all research conducted;
  • Participate in preparation of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Liaise effectively with collaborators and with a variety of internal and external stakeholders;
  • Assist other researchers in carrying out research activities in order to work as a team and further the School’s research output;
  • Contribute to the development of the research program in one of the School’s four priority research areas: Human-Computer Interaction, Information Systems, Computer Science, and Artificial Intelligence; 

Who We Are Looking For

You are a self-driven and independent researcher who excels in establishing partnerships with internal and external collaborators. Additionally, you are an effective communicator who can liaise with collaborators and stakeholders while supporting fellow researchers to enhance the School's overall research productivity and impact. 

You will also have:

  • Completed a PhD within the last 3 years (with consideration for career interruptions) in a discipline that aligns with the priority areas of the School of Computing and Information Systems (CIS). 
  • A well-articulated proposal for independent research in an area that aligns with the core research themes in CIS and a commitment to interdisciplinary research.
  • A record of quality research as evidenced by publications in leading journals and at conferences commensurate with opportunity.
  • Excellent ability in analysing data, problem solving and maintaining accurate research records.

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate doesn't have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this positionThe Puzey Fellowship has an inherent requirement that the incumbent must be an Australian Citizen or permanent resident.

Your New Team

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) has been the leading Australian provider of engineering and IT education and research for over 150 years. We are a multidisciplinary Faculty organised into three key areas: Computing and Information Systems (CIS), Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (CBE) and Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering (EMI). FEIT continues to attract top staff and students with a global reputation and has a commitment to knowledge for the betterment of society.

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

Be Yourself

The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact Kim Groizard at, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your research interests and experience
  • A two-page proposal consisting of the research you plan to conduct during this fellowship. This proposal should:
  • State the aims of the research;
  • Explain why this research is important and innovative;
  • Briefly describe the research approach or methods to be used;
  • State how this proposed research aligns with current research conducted in Computing and Information Systems.

Please note that you are not required to respond to the selection criteria in the Position Description at the application stage. Candidates who are invited for an interview may discuss the Key Selection Criteria during the interview.

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Shabon Nawabi via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Position Description

Applications close: 22 Mar 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

For more information please visit:

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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