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Research Fellow Model Based Decision Support

Melbourne, Australia
$80,258 - $108,906 p.a.
Closing date
9 May 2024

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Job Details

Job no: 0062159
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time/Part-time; Continuing (Research Contingent) for 2 years
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
Department/School: School of Computing and Information Systems
Level A- $80,258 - $108,906 p.a. (pro rata for part-time) (PhD Starting point $101,460) plus 17% super

  • Conducting research on computational and mathematical models of infectious disease transmission and control to support public health policy decision-making.
  •  Excellent opportunity to work within an interdisciplinary project at the intersection of epidemiological modeling and decision science, collaborating with leading experts such as Dr. Iadine Chadès from CSIRO Environment, and access to state-of-the-art infrastructure and a vibrant interdisciplinary community at the University of Melbourne.
  • 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

This position entails conducting research on computational and mathematical models of infectious disease transmission and control, aiming to support public health policy decision-making. It is part of the interdisciplinary NRMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Supporting Participatory Evidence Generation to Control Transmissible Disease in our Region Using Modelling (SPECTRUM), collaborating with Dr. Iadine Chadès from CSIRO Environment. A unique aspect of this role is the opportunity to investigate relationships between data, models, and decision support, while also developing and evaluating guidelines and frameworks to mitigate biases, all within a collaborative environment at the University of Melbourne's School of Computing and Information Systems.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Independently plan and carry out research on the nominated research project and work towards completion of the aims of the project;
  • Develop effective timelines and milestones based on goals of the research programme;
  • Maintain accurate and detailed records of all research activities;
  • Participate in preparation of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Who We Are Looking For

You will effectively collaborate with internal and external stakeholders, assist fellow researchers in experiments to enhance teamwork and research output, actively communicate and disseminate research findings, and identify funding sources to support teaching, research, and engagement projects within the discipline

You will also have:

  • A PhD in computer science or another quantitative discipline;
  • A record of innovative, high-quality research as evidenced by publications in leading journals and conferences, commensurate with opportunity;
  • Demonstrated ability to perform independent research and a commitment to interdisciplinary research;
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills and an ability to clearly communicate research concepts to technical and non-technical audiences, including an ability to effectively interact with internal and external stakeholders

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 available for this position

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 School 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. FEIT has never been better positioned as a global leader, anchored in the dynamic Asia Pacific region, creating and curating knowledge to address some of the world’s biggest challenges. Through our students and our relationships with communities, we can not only respond to society’s needs but anticipate and create engineering and IT solutions for the future.

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 interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

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

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: 09 May 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard 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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