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Research Fellow / Senior Fellow, Virtual Production

Melbourne, Australia
$114,645 - $161,926 p.a.  plus 17% super
Closing date
21 Mar 2024

Job Details

Job no: 0060676
Location: Southbank
Role type: Full-time; Fixed-term for 12 months
Faculty: Fine Arts and Music
Department/School: Victorian College of the Arts
Salary: Level B - $114,645 - $136,136 p.a. or Level C - $140,433 - $161,926 p.a.  plus 17% super

  • Fantastic opportunity to work in an area of cutting-edge technology within a supportive, collaborative team
  • Career development opportunity for early- or mid- career researchers!
  • 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 Faculty of Fine Arts and Music invites applications from dynamic early career researchers working in or around the area of Virtual Production. We are looking for a passionate, creative staff member who can push the boundaries of digital content generation or expand the possibilities of storytelling through virtual production technologies. Proposals will be considered from staff working in any area on this spectrum including: 

  • Digital content creation including AI and other emerging workflows
  • Hardware capabilities (colour management systems and other developing VP processes)
  • 3D environment building for VR or VP LED volumes
  • Gaming, animation, photogrammetry or VFX 
  • Filmmaking and ICVFX in Virtual Production 

The Research Fellowship is designed to support talented, doctoral graduates who are working on innovation within the area of Virtual Production to establish and consolidate their research careers by contributing to the intellectually vibrant research culture of the Faculty. The Fellowship is a research-focussed role providing dedicated research time within a supportive and collegial research environment, with access to the new Virtual Production studio and LED screen at the Southbank campus. The successful candidate will receive research, teaching and academic career training and mentoring, designed to equip the candidate for a career as a teaching and research-focused academic at an Australian or international university.

Who We Are Looking For

We're in search of a dynamic team member who exudes passion and creativity, capable of pushing the limits of digital content creation or exploring innovative storytelling through virtual production technologies. As a PhD graduate with a proven research track record, you should demonstrate an ability to engage in multidisciplinary collaborative research, secure external funding and eagerness to contribute to the research outcomes of the Faculty.

You will also have:

  • Graduated or have met the requirements to graduate with a PhD awarded no later than 1 January 2023.
  • A research track record in Virtual Production 

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

This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

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 any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

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 interest and experience and how your research background and experience is a good fit for the role
  • Applicants are requested to submit a Project Proposal using the attached template. This should highlight their expertise/skills in an area of Virtual Production, and demonstrate their capacity for multidisciplinary and collaborative research.

Please note that you are not required to respond to the selection criteria in the Position Description.

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact us 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.

Applications close: 21 MARCH 2024 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

Position Description: 0060676 Virtual Production Studio Research Fellow_PD.pdf

Project Proposal Template: VP Fellow Research Proposal.docx

Position Description

Applications close: 21 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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