Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowships – Women in STEM

Melbourne, Australia
11 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
11 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Full Time
  • 5 x ongoing appointments in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) disciplines
  • 3 year research-only fellowships, transitioning to standard academic research & teaching careers
  • Academic Level B/C, plus 17% superannuation
  • Supported with research funding and mentorship by leading researchers

Swinburne aims to be a leading university in science, technology and innovation, with real impact that transforms industries and shapes lives and communities. We have an international reputation for research excellence, innovation and impact through active research engagement with industry, business and community. Our research and development activities occur in five key areas: future manufacturing, sustainable futures, digital frontiers, personal and societal wellbeing, and inspirational science and technology. Our commitment to high-quality teaching and research is reflected in our rankings in a number of prestigious world academic rankings.

As a member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program, Swinburne is taking positive steps to effect change and we are committed to advancing gender equality in academia and in particular in STEM disciplines. While women comprise almost half of the nation’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) PhD graduates, less than 20% of senior academics in STEM disciplines at Australian universities are women.  We understand that to attract and retain the best scientists and ensure research excellence and impact, it is important that we commit to providing diverse, secure, exciting and rewarding career paths to our best researchers who will be our future STEM academic leaders. 

As part of our plan to increase the participation of women in our STEM academic workforce, Swinburne is now offering Research Fellowships through our Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowship scheme - “Women in STEM”.

About the role

Five prestigious Vice Chancellor's Research Fellowships will be awarded for three years at academic Level B or C with $20K additional funding support for each appointed female Research Fellow. Positions will transition into continuing standard academic teaching and research positions at end of the fellowship.  The successful incumbents will also be provided with dedicated mentorship by leading researchers.

STEM discipline areas targeted by this scheme are:

  • : Nanotechnology, Biochemistry,  Optical Physics
  • : Big Data, Machine Learning, Cyber Security 
  • : Smart Infrastruture, Sustainable Cities, Biomedical, Automation and Robotics
  • : Mathematical Physics, Computational Mathematics, Data Science

Skills and Experience

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • doctoral qualification in either physics, chemistry, material science, computer science, information technology, electrical or mechanical engineering, applied mathematics or relevant fields
  • demonstrated research excellence, with the ability to take on a leadership role in developing and securing research grants
  • high standard of interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary environment

A full list of the selection criteria is available in the position description for this position.



Swinburne welcomes new employees into a vibrant community of academics, teachers, professionals and students. Values that promote diversity and wellbeing guide our employees who create a great place to work.  At Swinburne we recognise the need to support the work/life balance and we offer a range of flexible working arrangements including paid maternity/partner leave, onsite childcare, working from home and part time options.   You will have access to many benefits such as career development opportunities including 50% discount on study and staff and management development programs.  You will receive up to 17% employer contributions (pension) and various discounts on private health insurance, fitness club membership, public transport passes and movie tickets.

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How to Apply

The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds and we acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and our capacity for innovation. We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for the past 7 consecutive years.  

Pursuant to a Special Measure under Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic), we will only consider applications from suitably qualified female candidates for these positions (includes all people who identify as female).

To start an application click on 'begin' at the bottom of the page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description.
Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.
If you are experiencing technical difficulties submitting your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

For further information, please contact Professor Sarah Maddison +61 3 9214 5971.

Applications close: 5pm on Friday 11 November 2016