Here are answers to some of the frequently asked questions regarding Vice-Chancellor's Research and Postdoctoral Fellowships.
Yes, you may apply. However, you must be awarded your PhD prior to accepting an offer of employment.
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.
RMIT recruits with an emphasis on merit over quantity of output. Applicants will be invited to contribute a statement for consideration or achievement relative to research opportunity as part of the application process. The following are examples of significant career interruptions which may be considered in Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship applications:
- carer’s responsibilities
- parental leave
As part of your application for a fellowship, you will be asked to discuss career achievements relative to your research opportunity.
To apply for a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowship, you need to:
- visit the fellowship listing at Your Career at RMIT
- complete the online application, including submitting:
- Your Curriculum Vitae
- Research Plan
Research plan requirements (max 1500 words):
- Title (max. 20 words)
- Objective (max. 100 words)
- Fit to priority area and any potential ECP cross collaboration (max. 200 words)
- Need (what is the significant problem the research will address) (max. 200 words).
- Methodology (Highlight innovation) (max. 400 words)
- Outcome (max. 200 words)
- Research Impact (max. 200 words) (Research Impact is considered the contribution research makes to the economy, society, culture, national security, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond contributions to academia)
- Collaboration (Within academia and external) (max. 200 words)
- NOTE: Research plans are only required for Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow applications, not for Postdoctoral Fellow applications.
- a statement addressing how you meet the key selection criteria outlined in the position description (200 words per criteria); and
- 750-word statement of your career achievements relative to your research opportunity, including:
- top five research outputs over your career (not just publications)
- opportunity to undertake research (including reasons why opportunity might have been limited due to career breaks or non-research roles)
- research impact, including tangible benefits to end users.
It is not a requirement of submission that you have an RMIT supervisor/sponsor.
Note: Candidates invited to interview will be expected to provide a five minute presentation on their research proposal. Postdoctoral candidates may provide a presentation on their PhD thesis.
Assessors take into consideration:
- research track record, including outputs and translation (relative to opportunity)
- publications track record
- ability to attract external competitive research funding
- ability to plan, develop and engage in high quality, impactful research projects
- ability to contribute significant knowledge to the research areas that RMIT’s Enabling Capability Platforms focus on.
Please refer to the selection criteria outlined in the position description for full details.
RMIT is committed to driving progress towards gender equality and ensuring diverse and balanced representation at every level of our organisation. To address the under representation of women in Science and Engineering, the Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow recruitment will be open for only female applicants in the following Enabling Capability Platforms:
- Advanced Manufacturing and Fabrication
- Advanced Materials; and
- Information and Systems (Engineering)
The Section 12 of the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act permits the University to conduct female only recruitment to addressing the substantive inequality of women in Science and Engineering.
Please note – all applicants are welcome to apply for the Research / Senior Research Fellowships aligned to RMIT’s five other Enabling Capability Platforms and the Vice-Chancellor Postdoctoral Fellow recruitment is open to all applicants across all of RMIT’s eight Enabling Capabiity Platforms.
RMIT is calling for applicants whose research aligns with one of the following eight Enabling Capability Platforms. Applicants must choose one primary ECP:
- Advanced Materials (female applicants only for Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow recruitment this round) – Download snapshot
- Advanced Manufacturing and Fabrication (female applicants only for Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow recruitment this round) – Download snapshot
- Information and Systems (Engineering) (female applicants only for Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow recruitment this round) – Download snapshot
- Design and Creative Practice – Download snapshot
- Global Business Innovation – Download snapshot
- Urban Futures – Download snapshot
- Social Change – Download snapshot
- Biomedical and Health Innovation – Find out more about the BHI ECP here
Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow applicants submitting research plans with their applications are strongly encouraged to consider how their research aligns with the research priority areas across other ECPs.
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