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Research Fellow

Job no: 592345
Work type: Full time - Fixed term/Contract
Categories: Research, Science, Technology

  • World Leading Research Group
  • ARC Project - Information Retrieval
  • Academic Level A ($68,983 - $93,569 + 17% super) or
  • Academic Level B ($98,495 - $116,965 + 17% super)
  • Based in the CBD
  • Fixed term full-time until September 2022

About Us

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

Our purpose is to offer life-changing experiences for our students, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and industry engagement. With strong industry connections forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally focused graduates.


Our Values inspire us, wherever we are in the world, and guide how we live and work together.

Imagination. Agility. Courage. Passion. Impact. Inclusion.

What unites us is our purpose and our values; they are at the heart of who we are, what we stand for, how we make decisions and connect with each other.

About You and the role:

As the Research Fellow you will support the research aims of devising new approaches for handling complex information needs and interpreting the intentions of users in session-based search or complex answer retrieval contexts. You will have research experience in information retrieval in addition to an interest in one or more of the following: Lab-based and crowdsourcing-based user studies, machine learning, or natural language processing. You will have both research and software development skills and will work with the supervisors on the development and evaluation of algorithms to support effective and efficient large-scale search engines.

You will have:

  • Prior research experience in information retrieval as evidenced by one or more publications in the following venues: SIGIR, WSDM, CIKM, WWW, SIGKDD, NIPS, ACL, NAACL, COLING, CHIIR, ALENEX, DCC, ESA, SPIRE, ECIR, TOIS, TKDE, IPM, IRJ.
  • Previous experience with software development for large projects and manipulating large data collections.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills appropriate for interacting with higher degree by research candidates, staff and industry, together with a strong commitment to teamwork and multidisciplinary collaboration.
  • Ability to build effective networks with colleagues and generate alternative funding projects through effective liaison with industry and government.


This position requires a PhD in a relevant field.

Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check.

Bring your whole self to work

We are better for our diversity. When we listen to those who are different to us, or challenge us, we grow stronger together. When we feel like we belong, we can achieve so much more. We respect each other, embrace our differences and build a sense of belonging in our team and beyond.

We are proud that our dedication to diversity has been recognized by a broad spectrum of external organizations. Visit our Linkedin Life pages to learn more and see some of our most recent wins.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter outlining your interest and suitability for this role.  Applicants must separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description.

Applications close on Wednesday, 26th of May 2021.

Download File Postion Descripton Research-Fellow-(level-B).pdf

RMIT is a Disability Confident Recruitment Team and we are happy to adjust the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. Please contact us at telling us your preferred type of communication and we will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss your requirements. 

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 and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

Please note that due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently accepting applications from persons with current Australian work rights who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia’s immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak: .

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