Professor of Data Science

Melbourne, Australia
21 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
31 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Convenient central city location in Melbourne, the world's most liveable city
  • Full-time, continuing position
  • $176,353 p.a + 17% superannuation

Our Organisation

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise. Our mission is to help shape the world through research, innovation, teaching and engagement, and to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work.

Situated within the College of Science, Engineering and Health, the School of Science provides over 45 bachelor and postgraduate programs, and undertakes world class research across the disciplines of physical sciences, mathematical sciences and computer science.

One of RMIT's top-performing research schools, we deliver research that addresses the 'real life questions' essential to Australia's innovation agenda. Our high-quality teaching programs inspire students to pursue careers in a range of industries including health, materials technology, food, geospatial and surveying, environmental analysis, banking and commerce, as well as computing and IT roles and research and development across a wide range of areas.

The School has staff, students and facilities on both the City and Bundoora campuses, has 300 staff, 327 higher degree research students, 3347 coursework students and an annual budget of $120 million.

The position will be aligned with the Discipline of Computer Science and IT, part of one of Australia's largest and leading educational facilities in the field. In the 2017 QS University Rankings by discipline, RMIT University was ranked top-100 globally for Computer Science and Information Systems. RMIT University prides itself on the quality of its graduates, achieved through programs that have a strong emphasis on both theory and practice.

RMIT University is an Athena SWAN member and the College of Science, Engineering and Health is central to driving improvements in gender equality, diversity and inclusion, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines.

The Role and Responsibilities

The Professor is a senior academic and eminent researcher in the specialist field, contributing significantly to teaching and research outputs, building capability of staff and promoting strong academic performance. The Professor will provide high level research leadership developing and leading research project teams and programs and fostering a vibrant research culture. He or she will be required to develop a high-quality and productivity-driven research network across RMIT and with external national and global partners. The Professor will also make a significant contribution to teaching and learning in the discipline with the aim of improving learning outcomes for students. The Professor will make significant contributions to the planning and strategic direction of the School, taking on major academic leadership roles involving participation in various committees within the School, College and University and external to the University, as appropriate.

This specific position calls for an international leader in the area of Data Science, as a subfield of Computer Science. In particular, the candidate will provide vision and strategic leadership for the Big Data and Data Analytics research group and for the Master of Data Science. Moreover, the candidate will be expected to collaborate closely with RMIT University's research framework implemented via the Enabling Capability Platforms, in particular, the platform on Information and Systems (Engineering).

The Professor will be a researcher/academic of international standing in Data Science or related sub-discipline so as to be a role model and an effective mentor for other academic staff.

Skills & Experience Required

To be eligible to apply, candidates must have a PhD in the relevant field.

Candidates should have demonstrated research distinction and an internationally recognised research track record in computational Data Science, e.g., Big Data Management and Access, Data Analytics, Machine Learning or associated areas, as evidenced by regular publication in the highest-quality relevant international venues related to Data Science, a proven ability to sustain and grow Research Groups and Centres through the attraction of external funding, and demonstrated strong engagement with industry and other external organisations.

To Apply

For further information please contact Associate Professor Lawrence Cavedon at or visit our website at and search using job ref # 557082.

Applications close on Wednesday 31st May 2017.

Applicants are requested to separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description. This role will require satisfactory confirmation of a Working with Children Check.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community.

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