Research Fellow in Distributed Systems

RMIT University Melbourne - CBD


Research Fellow in Distributed Systems

Job no: 585599
Work type: Full time - Fixed term/Contract
Categories: Research, Science, Teaching and Research, Education

  • Special Measures Recruitment, Female and/or Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples Only Position
  • Opportunity open to Female or Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples to play a pivotal role in conducting research in multiple areas: Cloud Computing and Edge/Fog computing, Internet of Things (IoT), resource management, and traffic modelling
  • Full-time, fixed term 2 years opportunity based at RMIT City campus
  • Report directly to Professor Zahir Tari, Discipline Director
  • Remuneration at Academic Level B ($96,564 - $ 114,672) + 17% superannuation

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.


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.

Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices.

Special Measures

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

We’re proud members of 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, and its Bronze Medal recipient. 

To address the under representation of women and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples (s) in STEMM, this role will only be accepting female applicants and/or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples(s).

The Section 12 of the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act permits the University to conduct female only recruitment in addressing the substantive imbalance of female representation in Science, Engineering and Business, IT and Logistics schools.  The Racial Discrimination Act permits special measures that foster greater racial equality in the Australian community.

About the College/Role

School of Science

The School of Science provides over 45 bachelor and postgraduate programs, and undertakes world class research across the disciplines of Biosciences and Food Technology, Chemistry and Environmental Science, Physics, Mathematical Sciences, Geospatial Sciences and Computer Science (Information Technology and Software Engineering).

One of RMIT's top-performing research schools, we deliver research that addresses the 'real life questions' essential to Australia's innovation agenda. Our high-quality teaching programs inspire students to pursue careers in a range of industries including biotechnology, health, materials technology, food, geospatial and surveying, environmental science, banking and commerce, as well as computing and IT roles and research and development across a wide range of areas. The School has staff, students and facilities on both the City and Bundoora campuses, has 300 staff, 450 higher degree research students, over 3800 coursework students and an annual budget of $140 million

Details relating to the School can be found at

As a Research Fellow in Distributed Systems you will:

  • Work independently as well as collaboratively with the team in contributing to quality research publications in high impact journals and developing new research initiatives
  • Contribute to preparing and submitting competitive research grant proposals (ARC Discovery/Linkage grants, Victorian industry grants)
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary researchers focusing on areas of Distributed Systems (e.g. Cloud, Edge/Fog, IoT
  • Contribute your time to mentor, train & supervise Higher Degree Research students as part of your coursework teaching activities

About You

As a Special Measures female and/or Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples applicant, you will have:

  • Strong capabilities in programming, systems, mathematics, simulation, and machine learning are essential
  • Emerging track record in producing and delivery high quality research outputs in high impact journals in the areas of Distributed Systems (e.g. Cloud, Edge/Fog, IoT) as well as strong industry linkages in securing competitive research funding and development of new research initiatives
  • Capability to communicate and present research findings, concepts and knowledge with sound problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to manage and plan time effectively and efficiently to conduct innovative research independently and collaboratively across multi-disciplinary team, industry and government
  • Possesses an excellent written and verbal communication skills with the passion and commitment to build strong relationships across all levels of professional staff within the organisation
  • Ability to supervise and mentor graduate and undergraduate students


This position requires PhD in Computer Science or equivalent in relevant field.

Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check and special measures

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’re proud to share with you some of our wins:

  • RMIT University is an Athena SWAN member with Bronze Award accreditation and the College of Science, Engineering and Health is central to driving improvements in gender equality, diversity and inclusion, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines.
  • We placed 11th in the 2019 Talent Board APAC Candidate Experience Awards.
  • RMIT was placed 10th in the 2019 Randstad Employer Brand Research Awards, up five spots from 2018.
  • We were named as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in 2019.
  • We achieved Gold Employer status for LGBTIQ inclusion in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) in 2018 and now in 2019.
  • We were recognised as a top five employer in 2018 for workplace accessibility with the Australian Network on Disability.
  • The launch of our second Reconciliation Plan, Dhumbah Goorowa– a “commitment to share” - an important step in our reconciliation journey.

To Apply, please submit your CV and cover letter outlining your interest in this role. Candidates are requested to separately address the key selection criteria outlined in the position description. For further information please contact Professor Zahir Tari at   using job reference number 585599.

Download File PD - 585599 - Research Fellow in Distributed Systems.pdf

Applications close Tuesday 10th March 2020.

In assessing merit, RMIT accommodates an emerging contemporary approach to work and career and will recognise achievement relative to opportunity. In your application, we encourage you to comment on your achievement relative to opportunity.

We are also happy to adjust the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. Please email or contact Crystal on + 61399259123 with your request(s).

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.

Application close: 10 Mar 2020 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time


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