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Professor/Associate Professor of Design

Job no: 576659
Work type: Full time - Continuing/Permanent
Categories: Research, Education, Management, Design

  • Drive research excellence and industry engagement
  • Full-time, continuing position with a Design focus
  • Academic level D/E ($142,437-$183,478 p.a ) plus 17% superannuation, based at RMIT's CBD campus (Melbourne, Australia) *

About RMIT

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise in which teaching, research and engagement are central to achieving positive impact and creating life-changing experiences for our students.

One of Australia's original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with the needs of industry and the community. 

The School of Design is centred around the disciplines of Communication Design, Industrial Design and Digital Design. Embedded within these three discipline domains are the new fields of design practice including service design, design strategy, design anthropology and design for social innovation.  

The Role and Your Responsibilities

We are currently seeking to appoint an Associate Professor or Professor of Design to join our international community of design teachers, researchers and industry professionals.

As Professor you will be a senior academic and eminent researcher in a field related to one or more of the School Clusters (Communication Design, Industrial Design and Digital Design), making substantial contributions to teaching and research activities, building capability of staff and promoting strong academic performance.

You will provide high level leadership, developing and leading research project teams and programs and fostering a vibrant research culture. You will be required to develop a high-quality research network across RMIT and with external national and global partners.

As Associate Professor you will provide leadership and foster excellence in teaching and research efforts of the School, within the University, and with the community, professional, commercial and industrial sectors. 

More specifically, you will be expected to contribute to relevant programs in the School and to advance your scholarly, research and/or professional capabilities in ways that are pertinent to this discipline at a national and international level.  In addition, you will be embedded in the relevant teaching discipline and make a contribution to teaching and learning in the media and communication disciplines with the aim of improving learning outcomes for students.

Skills & Experience Required

You will be an academic leader with design expertise who can evidence: a distinguished track record in research, scholarship and practice; strong experience in capacity building, capability and culture development; research quality and impact through esteem and where relevant citations; publishing and disseminating in top ranked outlets; research income generation; teaching innovations where relevant; international connections; and success in obtaining competitive grants and prizes.

As the ideal candidate, you will be creative, critical and ambitious in your approach to design research and scholarship. If you demonstrate a global outlook, international excellence and high impact research and supported cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams/partners then we would like to hear from you.

Mandatory PhD in a relevant discipline

Download File Associate-Professor-(level-D-E) Design.pdf

Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check

For further information please contact Professor Laurene Vaughan, Dean of School via email

Applications close Thursday 4 July at 11:55pm

Applicants are requested to separately address the key selection criteria, as outlined in the relevant position description. 

RMIT's benefits

*The University reserves the right to make an appointment at a level appropriate to the successful applicant's qualifications, experience and in accordance with the classification standards for each level.

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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