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Research Fellow, School of Computing Technologies

RMIT University
Melbourne, Australia

Job Details

  • Full-time, Fixed Term position until 30 June 2027

  • Salary Academic Level B + 17% Superannuation and Flexible Working Arrangements

  • Based at the Melbourne CBD campus, and hybrid ways of working

About You

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will contribute to a number of projects within the ARC Centre of Excellence, with a particular focus on measuring, modelling, and evaluating the fairness, bias, search algorithms and the information retrieved and generated by them. The breadth of possible project topics is extensive, and the following is a non-exhaustive list that a successful applicant could be involved in:

  • Interactive information access and retrieval

  • Explainable AI

  • Responsible automated decision-making systems and evaluation

  • Generative AI and Large Language Models

The Fellow will be based in the School of Computing Technologies and the Centre for Information Discovery and Data Analytics at RMIT University and will collaborate actively with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society's national and international network of participants. All Centre postdoctoral research fellows will also have access to the Centre's research training and professional development opportunities, international visiting fellowships and exchanges (travel arrangements permitting), and the Centre's network of industry partners.

To be successful in this position, you'll have as a minimum:

  • Completion of a PhD in Computer Science or a relevant discipline area within the past 5 years at the time of appointment, not including periods of career interruption due to carer's responsibilities, parental leave, illness, or disability.

  • Strong experience in at least one of the following areas: interactive systems, machine learning, deep learning, or data mining.

  • Demonstrated experience in developing and/or using state-of-the-art methods, software and tools in a relevant research context.

  • Solid experience in conducting experiments as required in the relevant expertise and subfield, for example:a. Solid experience in the design and conduct of user studies for evaluation of information access systems

    • Solid experience in maintaining and contributing to public codebase or repository.

    • Solid experience in performing machine learning experiments using multiple large-scale datasets and public benchmarks.

    • Solid experience in establishing machine learning and/or deep learning pipeline.

  • Scholarly writing skills and experience in preparing publications for a variety of audiences, including relevant publications in high quality Q1 peer reviewed journals and track records in A* conferences as ranked by CORE in AI, machine learning, and data mining, such as ICML, NeurIPS, ICLR, AAAI, KDD, WWW, WSDM, SIGIR, and other relevant A* conferences.

  • Strong interest in the technical and societal problems related to the Fairness, Accountability, Transparency and Ethics (FATE) in AI, particularly in problems related to explainability and fairness. An evidence of publication on FATE-related topic is preferable, but not required.

  • Ability to work independently to generate distinctive contributions to scholarly knowledge and/or create real world outcomes.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a high-achieving and collegial research culture.

  • Well-developed oral and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders and research collaborators, including presentations at seminars, conferences and industry events.

  • Optional/preferable: Emerging track record and recognition for high quality research engagement, including development of new research initiatives, competitive research funding, and industry links.

Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children and National Police Check.

About the College

The STEM College holds a leading position and expertise in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health (STEM) fields. We are uniquely positioned to influence and partner with industry, as never before.STEM College is a community of exceptional STEM researchers, teachers, inventors, designers and game-changers, supported by talented professional staff. We offer higher education programs across all STEM disciplines at the Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, and ensure our students experience an education that is work-aligned and life-changing.The College is renowned for its exemplary research in many STEM areas including advanced manufacturing and design; computing technologies; health innovation and translational medicine; nano materials and devices; and sustainable systems. Our brilliant researchers attract funding from governmentand industry sources.Industry is at the heart of what we do. It ensures our research has real world impact, and our students are truly work-ready. Under the leadership of DVC STEM College & Vice President, Digital Innovation, we have established new hubs of industry-connected digital innovation and endeavour and are engaging with global STEM organisations at scale.Our diversity and shared values empower our work, and we are proud of the College's inclusive, caring culture. We offer a safe, dynamic work environment, and support every member of our community to achieve their potential. The College appointed Victoria's first ever Dean of STEM, Diversity & Inclusion in 2020, and this role drives gender equity, diversity and inclusion strategies across the College.

To Apply

Please submit your CV and covering letter addressing your suitability for this position by clicking on the 'Apply' link at the top of this page.

For further information about this position, please see the Position Description hyperlinked below or contact Professor Mark Sanderson via email at

Position Description - Research Fellow

Applications close on 28.04.24 at 11.59pm.

About RMIT University

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 96,000 students and close to 10,000 staff globally. The University's mission is to help shape the world through research, innovation and engagement, and to create transformative experiences for students to prepare them for life and work.

Why work at RMIT University

Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. Find out more about working at RMIT University, what we stand for and why we are an Employer of Choice.

We want to attract those who will make a difference. View RMIT's impressive standings in university rankings.

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RMIT has a strong dhumbali (commitment) to the employment, development and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within a culturally safe environment; we strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

At RMIT, we are committed to supporting adjustments throughout the recruitment and selection process, as well as during employment. We actively support and encourage people with disability to apply to RMIT. To discuss adjustment requirements, please contact Kassie (Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor), via or visit our Careers page for more contact information -

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.

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