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Multiple, Continuing Academic Appointments - Doreen Thomas Fellowships 

  • Applying a special measure in line with section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (VIC), the Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology invites applications only from suitably qualified candidates who identify as women, this includes cis, trans gender women and non-binary.
  • Located in Melbourne, Australia  
  • Academic Level B (Lecturer) to E (Professor), subject to qualifications/ and experience.   
    • $119,231- $141,581 p.a. (Level B - Lecturer),  
    • $146,050 - $168,403 p.a. (Level C – Senior Lecturer),  
    • $175,858 - $193,740 p.a. (Level D – Associate Professor),  
    • $226,517 pa (Level E- Professor) plus 17% super  
  • Applications for part-time or other flexible working arrangements will be welcomed and will be fully considered subject to meeting the inherent requirements of the position.  
  • Prospective internal applicants are advised to discuss their interest in the Fellowship with the relevant Department Head in FEIT, prior to submitting their application.   

 As required by clause 1.15.9 of the 2024 EA, after seven days of internal advertising, current casual or fixed-term employees of the University will be provided with prior opportunity to apply for and be considered for vacant continuing positions if they meet the following criteria:  

  • they have been employed by the University over two or more semesters and over two consecutive calendar years,  
  • they have been employed on a 0.5 FTE or more time fraction, and 
  • they have the skills, experience, qualifications, and expertise required by the Selection Criteria. 

In addition, redeployment candidates will be given a prior opportunity under the Recruitment and Appointment Policy together; this cohort is known as Priority Candidates. 

 The University of Melbourne stands as a consistent frontrunner among global academic institutions. Renowned for its comprehensive approach to education and research, we are deeply engaged on a global scale. 

The exploration of ideas, thought leadership and curiosity is fundamental to our teaching and research performance. Improving the representation of women and other underrepresented groups is necessary in our goal to innovate and to strengthen FEIT’s reputation as a world-class centre of research. We are dedicated to providing a supportive environment where everyone can feel empowered to achieve their aspirations.  

Building upon the success of the inaugural launch in 2019, we take great pride in announcing the upcoming intake of Doreen Thomas Fellowships. As a Doreen Thomas Fellow, you will play a crucial role in shaping the future of engineering and IT. You will have the opportunity to lead high-quality research projects, collaborate across disciplines and engage with industry partners to translate discoveries into tangible solutions.  

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) upholds a steadfast commitment to fostering diversity and embracing flexibility in the workplace. Recognising the imperative of enhancing gender representation, we strive to cultivate an environment that champions innovation and bolsters our standing as a premier hub for research and education. 

About Emeritus Professor Doreen Thomas 

“Emeritus Professor Doreen Thomas is a leading academic whose work has spanned the fields of mathematics and electrical and mechanical engineering. Her career at the University of Melbourne has lasted over 40 years and practical applications of her research have had significant commercial impact.  

Doreen is a powerful advocate for women in engineering and mathematics. She chairs the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Forum at the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.”

In 2024 the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology will celebrate Doreen Thomas’ achievements and contributions to our community by offering multiple Doreen Thomas Fellowships within the following research areas:   

  • The School of Computing and Information Systems (CIS): 

Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, and Information Systems.   

  • The School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (CBE):  

Sustainability & Circular Economy, Pharmaceutical processing, Food & Food Waste Engineering, Biomaterials, Biomechanics & Mechanobiology, Neural Engineering, Biomedical Imaging, Systems & Synthetic Biology.  

  • The School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering (EMI): 

Civil, Environmental or Digital Infrastructure (Geomatic) Engineering with a priority on Indoor Environment and Sustainable Buildings, Terahertz Technologies or Computational Systems for Infectious Diseases.  

The Opportunity 

  • Doreen Thomas Fellows will be provided in the initial three years of employment a research-focussed role, to dedicate to the acceleration of research. Following the initial three years, Fellows will transition to an underlying continuing education and research appointment.   
  • Fellows will immerse themselves in cutting-edge research areas listed above, with a strong emphasis on research acceleration. Fellows will build robust research portfolios and engage in multidisciplinary collaborations. 
  • Fellows will benefit from a negotiated start-up package to support project costs; equipment needs and travel. 

Key Selection Criteria 

  • A record of quality research as evidenced by publications in leading journals and at conferences commensurate with opportunity.  
  • Ability to perform independent research with a commitment to interdisciplinary research.  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated by presentation of research results at conferences, internal forums and through manuscript submissions.  

Qualifications and Experience 

  • Have completed a PhD in a relevant field.  
  • Experience in coordinating research projects and delivering lectures and tutorials. 
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to engage effectively with diverse stakeholders. 
  • See position description attached for further information.  

Application requirements

Your current CV outlining your relevant experience to the academic position, research and teaching track record, and a list of research outputs in the following order:

  • Authored books   
  • Edited books   
  • Book chapters   
  • Refereed journal articles   
  • Fully referenced conference papers   
  • Other publication outputs   

Statement of Research (2 pages)

Describe your research achievements and contributions to date. Describe how your research has led to significant change or advance of knowledge in your field and other impact. Outline how your achievements will contribute to FEIT and/or this Fellowship.

Explain the contribution and significance of your publications within the context of your discipline/s. This may include the importance/esteem of specific journals in your field and/or specific indicators of recognition within your field such as first authorship/ citations.   

Describe your research supervision track record by outlining your role and student outcome and results.

Research Project Proposal (2 pages) 

Outline a research project proposal, using the following headings:   

  • Aims and Background   
  • Methods   
  • Expected Outcomes   
  • Potential Impact and relevance to research area in the host department/school   
  • Funding opportunities   
  • Reference list   

Statement of Education (1-2 pages)

Provide a statement of teaching and learning, summarising your approach to quality teaching and its relation to your research. Include information about:  

  • Prior teaching experience and any outcomes [explaining the subject course, innovations in approach, your involvement and role].   
  • Potential teaching [what subjects would you like to teach and why] 
  • Outline your approach to teaching pedagogy towards student centred learning and innovations that you seek to develop and implement. 

Engagement (up to 200 words) 

Describe your engagement with external partners, government and not for profit agencies in your research and/or teaching activities and their significance to your initiatives. 

What we offer you 

We offer flexibility, whatever that may mean for you as well as extensive opportunities for personal and professional development and we’ll support you in doing what you love!  

If you’re curious, motivated, and ready to undertake a challenging and rewarding role we’re ready to meet you.  

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!  

How to Apply

Apply online by completing the application form (please choose which discipline you would like to be considered for) and uploading the requested documents.

While we review your application, get to know us by visiting: 


If you have any questions, please reach out via the relevant email below, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address. 

Computing and Information Systems: A/Prof Jenny Waycott 
Chemical and Biomedical Engineering:  Prof Amanda Ellis: 
Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering:  Prof Andrew Western: 

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Shabon Nawabi via email at  

Indicative timelines for recruitment:  

  • Shortlisting and first round Interviews: August - September 2024 
  • On campus interviews and seminars: October – November  2024 

Position Description

Applications close: 14 Jul 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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