Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Education

Melbourne, Australia
25 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
15 Oct 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Convenient CBD Location
  • Part-Time (0.8 FTE), 2 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 Education is a collegial, collaborative and creative space for teaching, learning and research in the discipline of Education. The school recognises the value of education that is relevant and innovative and is therefore a dual sector school that works actively with industry, government and the community partners in real world settings to provide a range of programs from specially tailored intervention programs for young people at risk of leaving education to PhDs in education. These include tertiary pathways and workforce enhancement programs in TAFE and teacher education programs in Higher Education. The School respects the diversity of cultures and aims to foster responsive, independent and autonomous learners who are active and engaged citizens prepared to make a contribution to society in the 21st century.

The Role and Your Responsibilities

The Postdoctoral Fellow position provides an opportunity to join the emerging Creative Agency research lab, affiliated with the ARC Future Fellowship: Transforming 21st Century Creativity Education in Australasia

Project Description: The project will provide an account of changing creative industries and education practices, pedagogies, and modes of engagement for practitioners, teachers and industry professionals across Australia and the Asia Pacific. The project will investigate trends in creativity employing regional, inter-Asian and Australian perspectives and methodological and theoretical approaches.

The fellow will work closely with Associate Professor Anne Harris in building Creative Agency, which is concerned with transdisciplinary creativity research, as well as develop their own programs of research. The position will carry out team research which has a significant impact in the area of their specialisation and will already be acknowledged at a national level as being influential in expanding the knowledge of their relevant discipline.

All research activities will be conducted in alignment with the research priorities of the School of Education, the Design and Creative Practice ECP, the Digital Ethnography Research Centre and with the University's overall research strategy. The Fellow will be expected to carry out independent as well as team-based research, all of which has an explicit focus on research into creativity. This may include new materialist, post-structuralist, co-design, inter- and transdisciplinary, creative, critical educational and intercultural theoretical perspectives. Preferred skills or areas of experience should include at least some of the following:

Ability to assist with large data set collection and analysis, including experience with NViVO, Qualtrics or other quantitative data tools. The Fellow will assist with project management, empirical fieldwork and site maintenance in multiple sites across Asia, Australia and the UK, building and maintaining strong relationships with the institutions and communities involved in the project. The Fellow will collaborate on publications and other outputs arising from the project.

The fellow will embed their research expertise into the life of the Creative Agency research lab through the development of high-quality, productivity-driven research activity across RMIT and with local/national/international, and internal/external partners. The fellow will be expected to engage in high quality research collaboration development, toward achieving success in attracting research funding, and to produce high quality outputs.

Skills & Experience Required

Applicants for this position should address how their individual research during the 2-year post-doc period will contribute to a shared program of creativity research in the lab. This position offers an initial 2-year 0.8 position, with possible extension for an additional year.

To Apply

For further information please contact Associate Professor Anne Harris on +61 3 9925 4459 or to view a position description visit and search using job reference number 558455.

Applications close on Sunday 15 October 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.