Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellowships

Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellowships

Our Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellowships program is internationally acclaimed for supporting outstanding researchers to undertake applied research that creates impact for society, the economy and the environment.

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Real-world impact starts with you. Applications now open.

Applications for RMIT’s prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowships are now open until 11:59pm on 31 August 2022 (AEST). Our search is national and global.

If you have a Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellowship enquiry you can contact us at researchfellowships@rmit.edu.au.

About the program

The RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowships program is known for supporting outstanding researchers to undertake applied research that creates positive impact for society, the economy and the environment.

Recent years have witnessed the tangible effects of climate change, pandemics, political upheavals, technological revolutions, and emerging social movements. We have also seen an acceleration of change and innovation across disciplines, to tackle such challenges: from new ways of working and studying, to addressing mental and physical health, and the pursuit of security and prosperity for all. There are more reasons than ever to think hard about the futures we face, and which we are actively generating.

The RMIT Enabling Capability Platforms foster positive futures by encouraging cutting edge research that is strategic and usable. The RMIT Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellowships program (VCRF) is a key mechanism for achieving this goal: bringing in fresh expertise and capability in strategically important areas; designed to support outstanding, impact-oriented and dynamic researchers, who are committed to engaging with and contributing to the world at large and attuned to the challenges and opportunities of the contemporary context.

In 2022 the Vice-Chancellor's Fellowships program is focussed on six strategic research priority themes: Sustainable Futures, Healthier Futures, Productive Futures, Fairer Futures, Digital Futures, and Indigenous Futures.

We want to hear from outstanding researchers

RMIT seeks researchers who are outstanding in their field; highly collaborative across disciplines; open to engage with industry and society; creative in approach, including through creative practice methods; and who engage with the RMIT values of diversity, inclusivity and respect. RMIT also encourages applicants who apply Indigenous knowledges in contemporary research and innovation practices across disciplines and research topics.

Postdoctoral Fellowships, Research Fellowships and Senior Research Fellowships are open to researchers with an excellent track record and whose research aligns with one of RMIT’s strategic research priority themes and one or more Enabling Capability Platform/s. Successful applicants will be appointed for an initial three or four years according to the Fellowship category and criteria.

Strategic research priority themes

In 2022 RMIT’s Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellowships program is focused on six themes. The themes are described below.

  • Sustainable Futures - Research enabling a truly sustainable world

  • Healthier Futures - Research enabling impact in health and care through responsive and responsible scientific and social innovation

  • Productive Futures - Research enabling resilient, innovative, competitive, and responsible businesses and operations
  • Fairer Futures - Research enabling a more just, inclusive, and equitable world for all

  • Digital Futures - Research enabling everyone to benefit from digital transformations

  • Indigenous Futures - Research enabling benefit to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Sustainable Futures - Research enabling a truly sustainable world

Human impacts on biodiversity, soil, water, the atmosphere, and climate are now so severe that fundamental earth systems are being disrupted, triggering dangerous feedbacks such as climate change. Addressing this crisis requires passionate, innovative, interdisciplinary research that rethinks old ways of doing things, and helps drive real world change. RMIT is looking for emerging research leaders to help tackle the interconnected technical, social, economic, political and policy challenges of unsustainability and seize the opportunities of genuine sustainability, particularly in cities, supply chains and infrastructural systems.

RMIT welcomes impact-driven research that enhances our research strengths and partnerships. In particular, we welcome applicants who engage in interdisciplinary research, including through creative approaches, to help achieve positive outcomes such as:

  • The decarbonisation of electricity generation and industrial heat, technologies for energy storage, renewables, microgrids, and transport electrification including urban planning and digital ethnography approaches 
  • Support the transition to net zero through carbon neutral and carbon negative materials, structures, systems, and processes
  • The minimisation of waste and pollution, enabling a rapid transition to circular economies, including consideration of regulatory systems and technological solutions for sustainable cities
  • Innovative urban analytics and new methods of design, construction, and asset management to enable sustainable, resilient and climate change-adapted built environment and urban systems 
  • Materials, technologies, and policies to support cleaner and healthier waterways, land, air, and ecosystems
  • Transformational innovation in technologies systems, policy, and design approaches for sustainable food production
  • Policy, applied economics, behavioural and consumer psychology approaches to sustainable futures

Healthier Futures - Research enabling impact in health and care through responsive and responsible scientific and social innovation

An ageing population, pandemics, urban diseases, and mental health problems will challenge human health for some time to come. Healthier futures address such challenges in a context of social inclusion, ethical innovation, and creative practice.

RMIT welcomes impact-driven research that enhances our research strengths and partnerships. In particular, we welcome applicants who engage in interdisciplinary research, including through creative approaches, to help achieve positive outcomes such as:

  • Advancing digital health and health molecular informatics (bioinformatics), as well as new medical technologies, practices, and devices to promote health
  • Designing and applying, creatively, preventive measures such as vaccination, diet, mobility, mental health support to enable healthy development throughout the lifespan, including in older adults
  • Enabling better diagnostics, prognostics, and personalised therapies for acute and chronic diseases such as cancers, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases; metabolic diseases such as obesity and diabetes, as well as infectious diseases
  • Developing inclusive, evidence-based approaches and business models for resilient health and care systems, including evaluation and outcomes measurement to support health care decision making
  • Understanding pregnancy complications, infertility, and early origins of adult diseases

Productive Futures - Research enabling resilient, innovative, competitive, and responsible businesses and operations

As the world faces unprecedented levels of change, uncertainty and turbulence, organisations must address challenges including resource scarcity, rising inflation, hyper-competition, over-stretched and disrupted supply chains, continuously evolving workplace flexibility expectations and new ways of working across hybrid and virtual contexts. Simultaneously, those challenges offer unique opportunities to reimagine value creation and capture mechanisms, build more responsive and resilient supply chains, design more inclusive organisations and workplaces, adopting humanistic principles, creating environments that support both physical and mental health, and elevate customer/user experience.

RMIT welcomes impact-driven research that enhances our research strengths and partnerships. In particular, we welcome applicants who engage in interdisciplinary research, including through creative approaches, to help achieve positive outcomes such as:

  • Investigating ways to increase productivity through policy and economic drivers and wellbeing, while restoring ecological carry capacity
  • Design creative and organisational approaches towards inclusive and resilient organisations, workplaces and structures that support physical and mental health, and new ways of working across hybrid and virtual contexts
  • Reimagining value creation and capture mechanisms including a customer/user centric approach, including transitioning to degrowth
  • Building responsive and resilient supply chains for smart materials innovation towards sustainable futures
  • Enabling digital transition of manufacturing systems and processes
  • Enabling the increased application of advanced materials, e.g. new flame-protective materials
  • Enabling and supporting innovation in the Australian space sector, including manufacturing, operations, applications, and enablers

Fairer Futures - Research enabling a more just, inclusive, and equitable world for all

A fairer world enshrines principles of justice and equity, and the ethical respect of people and planet. A fairer world actively values diverse people and experiences, diverse backgrounds, and viewpoints, and looks to raise up the voices of those who have been marginalised. 

RMIT welcomes impact-driven research that enhances our research strengths and partnerships. In particular, we welcome applicants who engage in interdisciplinary research, including through creative approaches, to help achieve positive outcomes such as:

  • Advancing understanding of causes, experiences, and impacts of bias, discrimination, inequality, and associated impacts in society
  • Creating effective policy, programs, and technological innovations for a fairer, more just, and more informed society, including design and implementation of next generation communication technologies
  • Effective approaches to redress injustice in business and legal contexts, and value success of enterprises with alternative incentives
  • Using a range of methodological approaches, including creative methods, to advance knowledge of, articulate, and progress, fairer futures

Digital Futures - Research enabling everyone to benefit from digital transformations

Digital access to information changes almost every aspect of society today, including how we work, how we live, how we connect, how we create. New technologies, such as artificial intelligence, cyberphysical systems, virtual/augmented reality, digital twins, microsatellites, cybersecurity, social media tools, and many others can be drivers of change. But digital transformation is also fundamentally about change in the social, cultural, ethical, economic, health and environmental dimensions; design and creative practices; in business and enterprise. 

RMIT welcomes impact-driven research that enhances our research strengths and partnerships. In particular, we welcome applicants who engage in interdisciplinary research, including through creative approaches, to help achieve positive outcomes such as:

  • Designing and creating technical and digital innovations including new materials, systems, and processes
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to human-centred design and/or 3D systems modelling, prototyping and simulation to enhance digital health, food ecosystems and/or digital cultural services
  • Advancing understanding of the social aspects of a digital, global, health aware, connected society, including security and privacy of data in complex environments and human computer interaction.
  • Enabling the evolution of digital futures through innovations in digital ethnography, critical data science, visualisation and detecting and combatting misinformation
  • Data integration for complex modelling needs

Indigenous Futures - Research enabling benefit to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Australian Indigenous communities face many of the same pressing issues facing Australian society at large - but with important particularities and intersections. The effects of climate change, social change, digital transformation, future health, future work, and the pursuit of social and environmental justice - all will impact in specific ways on Australian Indigenous communities - and research across all disciplines is required to move towards just and equitable futures for these groups. At RMIT, Indigenous futures research is Indigenous-led, and engages meaningfully with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, towards outcomes which specifically benefit these communities. Research supporting Indigenous futures is designed with integrity and seeks to produce impactful outcomes that support Indigenous self-determination.

Indigenous futures research creates value specifically for and with Indigenous peoples and communities, as well as society more broadly. RMIT seeks to explore and apply Indigenous knowledges in contemporary research and innovation practices across disciplines and research topics.

RMIT welcomes impact-driven research that enhances our research strengths and partnerships. In particular, we welcome applicants who engage in interdisciplinary research, including through creative approaches, to help achieve positive outcomes such as:

  • Engaging critically with settler-colonial discourses and decolonising methodologies 
  • Advancing awareness and engagement around Indigenous environments and culture, including through design and creative methods
  • Advancing understanding of the complex, entrenched, and multifaceted issues affecting Australian Indigenous communities, including the potential for technological innovations to support positive outcomes  
  • Using a range of methodological approaches, including creative and digital ethnographic methods, to better understand and articulate what Indigenous futures can be, and affect change toward that end 
  • Enabling societal, economical, health, and environmental benefits through application of Indigenous knowledges in contemporary research and innovation practices

Who can apply?

RMIT invites applications for the Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellowships from local and international researchers who are outstanding in their field and who meet the eligibility and selection criteria. 

Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowships are not available to RMIT employees with current ongoing academic appointments.

Female Only Recruitment Conditions

All Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellows are hosted in one of RMIT's academic Schools within our three Colleges.

To address the under representation of women in STEMM, for the Senior Research and Research Fellowships positions, there are some Schools where we will only accept applications from women, including those who identify as women or are gender diverse. This condition applies in the following Schools: 

  • School of Engineering (Academic levels B and C)
  • School of Computing Technologies (Academic level C)

Section 12 of the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act permits the University to conduct female only recruitment in addressing the substantive imbalance of female representation at the academic levels and Schools listed above.

NOTE: these conditions do not apply to the Postdoctoral Fellowships and Indigenous Research Fellowships, which are open to all applicants across all Schools.

Indigenous Research Fellowships

Recruitment is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants across all strategic research themes.

Successful applicants will launch their careers with a four-year appointment. 

The Indigenous Research Fellowship is an identified opportunity under ‘Special Measures’ of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act 2010. This means that only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply. Confirmation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage is required. 

RMIT is committed to enhancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sovereignties by building Indigenous research capacity as well as creating a supportive research environment. Our range of initiatives and programs that support Indigenous scholars include the Ngarara Willim Centre, Indigenous Staff Network, and Elders in Residence.

Selection criteria and position descriptions

To be eligible for one of the Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellowships, you must hold a PhD/Doctorate qualification, or if applying specifically to the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, be awarded your PhD prior to an offer being made (approximately December 2022).

Fellowships are not available to current RMIT employees who are already in ongoing academic roles.

RMIT staff on casual or fixed-term contracts who meet the Fellowship’s eligibility criteria are eligible to apply.

To be suitable for a Senior Research Fellowship, it is expected that you will have an excellent track record and international recognition for undertaking high-quality research aligned with one of RMIT’s strategic research priority themes and with one or more Enabling Capability Platforms. You will have proven ability to provide research leadership, develop networks and manage collaborative partnered research projects in a global environment.

If successful, you can expect:

  • A Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellowship for four years and salary commencing at Academic level C
  • $20,000 per annum research support funding for four years

At the end of the Fellowship, it is expected that Senior Research Fellows will be offered a continuing position, conditional on performance criteria being met, in either a teaching and research academic or a research only academic position depending on the School’s needs.

Section 12 of the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act permits the University to conduct female only recruitment in addressing the substantive imbalance of female representation at Level C across the following Schools:

  • School of Engineering (Academic levels B and C)
  • School of Computing Technologies (Academic level C)

To be suitable for a Research Fellowship, it is expected that you will have an emerging track record and a national reputation for undertaking high quality research aligned with one of RMIT’s Research Priority Themes and with one or more Enabling Capability Platform/s. You will have proven capacity to plan and conduct high quality research, attract competitive funding, regularly disseminate outcomes, and have established national research networks.

If successful, you can expect:

  • A Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowship for four years with a commencing salary at Academic level B
  • $20,000 per annum research support funding for four years

At the end of the Fellowship, it is expected that fellows will be offered a continuing position, conditional on performance criteria being met, in either a teaching and research academic or a research only academic position depending on the School’s needs.

Section 12 of the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act permits the University to conduct female only recruitment in addressing the substantive imbalance of female representation at Level B in the School of Engineering.

Fellowships are open to applicants who have completed a PhD within the last five years (Since 31 August 2017, excluding career interruptions). If you do not hold a PhD at the time of application your PhD must be awarded prior to an offer being made (approximately December 2022).

To be suitable for a Postdoctoral Fellowship, it is expected that you make significant contributions to RMIT’s research priorities by engaging in high-quality research projects and producing high-quality outputs. The position will carry out team-based research projects, which will make a significant impact in the area of their specialisation and be influential in expanding the knowledge of their relevant discipline.

If successful, you can expect:

  • A Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship for three years with a commencing salary from Academic level A6
  • $10,000 per annum research support funding for three years
  • An opportunity to significantly build their research track record and reputation, supported by training, development and mentorship.

NOTE: Female-only recruitment conditions do not apply to Postdoctoral Fellowships

To be suitable for an Indigenous Research- or Senior Research Fellowship, it is expected that you will have an emerging (for Research Fellows) or established (for Senior Research Fellows) track record and a national reputation for undertaking high quality research aligned with one of RMIT’s Research Priority Themes and with one or more Enabling Capability Platform/s. Senior Research Fellows will have proven ability to provide research leadership, develop networks and manage collaborative partnered research projects in a global environment.

If successful, you can expect:

  • A Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowship OR Senior research Fellowship for four years with a commencing salary at Academic level B or C (depending on experience and Fellowship category)
  • $20,000 per annum research support funding for four years
  • At the end of the Fellowship, it is expected that fellows will be offered a continuing position, conditional on performance criteria being met, in either a teaching and research academic or a research only academic position depending on the School’s needs.

The Indigenous Fellowships are an identified opportunity under ‘Special Measures’ of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act 2010. This means that only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply for Indigenous Fellowships. Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage is required and you will need to submit this during the application process.

The Ngarara Willim Centre supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students within the University. For support, email ngarara.willim@rmit.edu.au.

Fellowships are open to applicants who have completed a PhD within the past five years (Since 31 August 2017, excluding career interruptions). If you do not hold a PhD at the time of application your PhD must be awarded prior to an offer being made (approximately December 2022).

To be suitable for a Postdoctoral Fellowship, you will be expected to make significant contributions to RMIT’s research priorities by engaging in high-quality research projects and producing high-quality outputs. The position will carry out team-based research projects, which will make a significant impact in the area of their specialisation and be influential in expanding the knowledge of their relevant discipline.

If successful, you can expect:

  • A Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship for four years with a commencing salary from Academic level A6
  • $10,000 per annum research support funding for four years
  • An opportunity to significantly build your research track record and reputation, supported by training, development and mentorship.

The Indigenous Fellowships are an identified opportunity under ‘Special Measures’ of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act 2010. This means that only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply for Indigenous Fellowships. Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage is required and you will need to submit this during the application process.

The Ngarara Willim Centre supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students within the University. For support, email ngarara.willim@rmit.edu.au.

Selection process

Stage 1 - Expression of interest

Applications via our online, mobile friendly application Vervoe open at 11:00am Australian Eastern Standard time (AEST) on Monday, 1 August 2022 and close at 11:59pm (AEST) on Wednesday, 31 August 2022.

You will be asked:

  • eligibility questions
  • about your research outputs and achievements
  • detailed information about your career and any career interruptions
  • a current Curriculum Vitae
  • to write a 100-word summary of your intended research project and a 100-word statement of potential impact from your research
  • to provide details describing one of your research highlights that has made the most significant impact and why? We are looking for outstanding communication skills; it is important that your answer is succinct.

Stage 2 - Research plan

If selected to the next stage, you will be asked about your research plan and to outline how your research aligns to one of RMIT’s strategic research priority themes and one or more of RMIT’s Enabling Capability Platforms; what significant problem your research helps address; objectives; approach, benefits for- and beyond- academia; collaborations; and funding.

You will also be invited to upload a video talking about a relevant research highlight.

It is anticipated that this stage will run between end of September 2022 and beginning of October 2022.

Interview

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview which may include a presentation to the selection panel. It is anticipated that interviews will take place in late October and into November 2022.

Reference checks and offers

All selected candidates will be asked to provide details of their referee so that RMIT can understand reference checks prior to an offer; reference checks and offers will occur from December 2022.

Key dates

  • Monday 1 August 2022, Expression of Interest OPEN 11:00am (AEST)
  • Wednesday 31 August 2022, Expression of Interest CLOSE 11:59pm (AEST) 

Longlisted applicants will be asked to complete a research plan, it is anticipated that this stage will run between end of September 2022 and beginning of October 2022.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview with panels from late October and into November 2022. Please note, interviews will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.

Successful applicants will be notified by late December 2022.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, you may apply, but your PhD must be awarded by the time offers will be extended to successful candidates (approximately December 2022). Successful candidates who are offered a position must be able to demonstrate they have met all the requirements for completion of their PhD program, be able to adopt the title of Doctor, and be able to produce a statement of academic completion upon request.

We are recruiting Senior Research Fellows, Research Fellows, Postdoctoral Fellows and Indigenous Research Fellows whose experience and expertise align with one of our six strategic research priority themes, and one or more of RMIT’s Enabling Capability Platforms.

To be eligible for a Postdoctoral Fellowship your PhD must have been awarded in the previous 5 years from the application closing date. This means have an award of PhD date on or after 31 August 2017. If you were awarded a PhD prior to 31 August 2017 but have experienced a period of career interruption that would be commensurate with an award of the PhD within the previous 5 years, you may still apply.  Please provide your career interruption periods in the application form. This will enable us to assess your equivalent number of years since award of your PhD.

RMIT recruits with an emphasis on merit over quantity of output. Applicants will be invited to contribute a statement for consideration of achievement relative to research opportunity as part of the application process. The following are examples of significant career interruptions which may be considered in the Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship applications: carer’s responsibilities, parental leave and illness. As part of your application for a fellowship, you will be asked to discuss career achievements relative to research opportunity.

Yes, you can apply for an RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowship while you hold a research fellowship at another institution. Please ensure that any other fellowships you hold are listed in your CV as part of your application.

No, you should establish which Fellowship category is most suited to you given the eligibility criteria noted in the position descriptions for each category, as well your skills and experience and apply for that fellowship.

RMIT staff members with an ongoing academic position are not eligible to apply for a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowship.

RMIT staff on Casual or Fixed-Term contracts who meet the Fellowship’s eligibility criteria are eligible to apply.

Yes, there is no limit on how many times you can apply for a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowship. If a previous application was unsuccessful and you have developed your academic track record and/or gained further experience since that application, RMIT encourages you to apply again.

Stage 1 - Expression of interest

Applications via our online, mobile friendly application Vervoe open at 11:00am Australian Eastern Standard time (AEST) on Monday 1 August and close at 11:59pm (AEST) on Wednesday, 31 August 2022.

You will be asked:

  • eligibility questions
  • about your research outputs and achievements
  • detailed information about your career and any career interruptions
  • a current Curriculum Vitae
  • to write a 100-word summary of your intended research project and a 100-word statement of potential impact from your research
  • to provide details describing one of your research highlights that has made the most significant impact and why? We are looking for outstanding communication skills; it is important that your answer is succinct.

Stage 2 - Research plan

If selected to the next stage, you will be asked about you research plan and to outline how your research aligns to one of RMIT’s strategic research priority themes and one or more of RMIT’s Enabling Capability Platforms; what significant problem your research helps address; objectives; approach, benefits for- and beyond- academia; collaborations; and funding.

You will also be invited to upload a video talking about a relevant research highlight.

It is anticipated that this stage will run between end of September 2022 and beginning of October 2022.

Interview

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview which may include a presentation to the selection panel. It is anticipated that interviews will take place in late October and into November 2022.

Reference checks and offers

All selected candidates will be asked to provide details of their referee so that RMIT can understand reference checks prior to an offer; reference checks and verbal offers will occur from December 2022.

Assessors take into consideration:

  • Research Output relative to opportunity
  • Alignment with RMIT’s strategic research priorities, Enabling Capability Platforms, RMIT values and vision; and
  • Collaboration, communication, engagement and leadership skills.

Please refer to the selection criteria outlined in the position description for full details.

RMIT is committed to driving progression towards gender equality and ensuring the diversity in our organisation is balanced at every level.

RMIT has joined the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Athena SWAN Program to support gender equity and diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines. See our Diversity & Inclusion page. This program promotes women’s career development in STEMM and provides support to encourage staff success. Meet our Women in STEMM.

Female Only Recruitment Conditions 
To address the under representation of women in STEMM, for the Senior Research and Research Fellowships positions, there are some Schools where we will only accept applications from women, including those who identify as women or are gender diverse. This condition applies in the following Schools: 

  • School of Engineering (Academic levels B and C)
  • School of Computing Technologies (Academic level C)

Section 12 of the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act permits the University to conduct female only recruitment in addressing the substantive imbalance of female representation at the academic levels and Schools listed above.

NOTE: these conditions do not apply to the Postdoctoral Fellowships and Indigenous Research Fellowships, which are open to all applicants across all Schools.

You will be able to record your video directly within the question on Vervoe by simply clicking “Record Video”. You will be able to record and re-record as many times as you like before submitting. 

All RMIT staff are offered professional development opportunities as part of their employment.

The Indigenous Fellowships are an identified opportunity under ‘Special Measures’ of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act 2010. This means that only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply for Indigenous Fellowships. Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage is required and you will need to submit this during the application process.

Applications are encouraged for any of the six strategic research priority themes.

The Ngarara Willim Centre supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students within the University. For support, email ngarara.willim@rmit.edu.au.

RMIT wants to ensure our people have the flexibility to take care of their life just as they take care of work. The University supports flexible work arrangements and will also consider requests for part-time positions.

How to calculate your FTE for the application form.

Calculate your contracted hours per week;

FTE uses the following measurements:

  • 1 day = 0.2 FTE
  • 2 days = 0.4 FTE
  • 3 days = 0.6 FTE
  • 4 Days = 0.8 FTE
  • 5 days = 1 FTE

Take your FTE and multiply by the number of months you worked at that FTE

This example illustrates a year worked at various FTE’s:

0.8 FTE for 4 months = 0.8 x 4 = 3.2 months

0.6 FTE for 6 months = 0.6 x 6 = 3.6 months

1 FTE for 2 months = 1 x 2 = 2 months

TOTAL = 3.2 + 3.6 + 2 = 8.8 months

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.