Research Fellow in Media and Communication

Melbourne, Australia
06 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
01 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Convenient CBD Location
  • Full-Time, 3 Year Fixed-Term Position
  • $92,815-$110,220 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.

The School of Media and Communication aims to produce graduates who will respond creatively to the challenges of a rapidly changing international, media-driven environment. Media and Communication has strong links with industry, and responds to ongoing change brought about by technology and convergence. The School is positioned as a major contributor and leader of the debate within media driven industries.

The Role and Responsibilities

An outstanding opportunity exists at RMIT to build your career, working with leading cultural and social researchers, and become a key member of the research team for the Future Fellowship project 'Early Start Arts to Counter Radicalisation'. Led by Chief Investigator Professor Anna Hickey-Moody, the project builds on existing research strengths at RMIT in socially engaged arts practice, cultural studies, and sensory, digital and visual methodologies. The project aims to:

  1. Develop the first Australian and British series of early start arts programs for counter radicalisation.
  2. Catalogue and understand if and how non-verbal, aesthetic and culturally coded forms of information change how interfaith children relate to each other.
  3. Create and publicly display art works that will develop new and positive 'faces' (Noble 2012: 220) of Muslim children in Australian and English popular culture.
  4. Map the distribution and impact of the public artwork.

The project is a community and early childhood approach to building interfaith community with a view to strengthening social cohesion. To be considered for this position applicants will need experience in one or more of the methods employed: socially engaged arts practice with children aged 3-10, adult focus groups, large scale postal surveys and street surveys, public art, big data mapping. Experience with NViVO is highly desirable. The Fellow will also assist in sourcing additional specialist methodological expertise as needed. Across the life of the project, the Fellow will undertake empirical fieldwork and site maintenance in Melbourne, building and maintaining strong relationships with the institutions and communities involved in the project.

The Fellow will also maintain data sets, assist with project management and collaborate on publications arising from the project. Within a year of appointment, the Fellow will be invited to lead some project outputs. Further information

Skills and Experience Required

The successful applicant will hold a completed PhD in a relevant field and have demonstrated experience in collaboratively managing, planning and conducting qualitative research in multifaith communities; and/or in closely related fields such as socially engaged arts practice, digital arts, arts education, contemporary multicultural Australia.

An emerging track record and recognition for quality research outputs is required. You will also need demonstrated experience in managing, analysing and interpreting qualitative, mixed methods research. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills and a strong commitment to teamwork and interdisciplinary collaboration will ensure your success in this role.

To Apply

For further information please contact Anna Hickey-Moody at (please DO NOT submit your application via email) or to view a position description visit and search using job reference number 558322.

Applications close on Sunday 1 October 2017.

Applicants are requested to submit a current resume, and 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.