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Research Fellow, Social Change


Job Description:

Full-time, Fixed Term position until December 2026
* Salary Level Academic Level B + 17% Superannuation and Flexible Working Arrangements
* Based at the Melbourne CBD campus, but may be required to work and/or be based at other campuses of the University

About You
This position reports to the Director of the Social Change Enabling Capability Platform (ECP), which sits within RMIT's Research and Innovation Capability Portfolio. The Social Change ECP works with researchers in various disciplines to foster societal impact of research. Through collaborations with industry, government, and community, the Social Change ECP pursues engagement and impact activities to solve complex local, national, and global challenges with innovative interdisciplinary solutions. The Social Change ECP aims to ensure RMIT's research creates value and benefit for our research partners and, in doing so, creates impact for the economy, environment, and society.

A specific focus of the Research Fellow position is to explore human information behaviours and practices across interdisciplinary research areas that foster community engagement, research translation, and societal impact. The Research Fellow position provides an opportunity for an emerging researcher to further build their research career supported with research training and mentorship. The role of the Research Fellow is primarily to plan, develop, and engage in high quality research and impact-related projects in line with the Social Change ECP's focus, in support of the University's strategic research priorities. A particular focus of the role will be developing the Social Change ECP's work related to transformations in research practice for social change, including such areas as open research practice, scholarly communication practices, impact literacy, community co-design, and adoption of innovations.

The Research Fellow will carry out team-based research projects, focusing on interdisciplinary, industry-relevant, human information behaviour investigations using social research methodologies, including qualitative and/or mixed method approaches. The Research Fellow will embed their research expertise into the life of the School through the development of high-quality, productivity-driven research networks across RMIT and with local and national, internal, and external partners. The Research Fellow will be expected to engage in high quality research projects and to produce high quality outputs, to make a significant impact in information behaviour research and be influential in expanding the knowledge of human-focused, impact-focused projects across relevant disciplines.

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

* Demonstrated track record and recognition for quality research outputs that will contribute to existing high performing RMIT research teams, evidenced by such things as publications, development of new research initiatives, and contributions to policy and practice.
* Demonstrated experience in designing and conducting research in information science with a focus on interdisciplinarity, human information behaviour, and social sciences methodologies aligned to the Social Change ECP and at least one of RMIT's strategic research priorities.
* Demonstrated experience with social research methodologies, including qualitative and/or mixed methods approaches, as well as open research practices, training, and infrastructure.
* Experience in engaging with industry, government, or community on collaborative research projects, with scholarly and professional communication practices, and/or research translation activities to foster societal impact.
* Ability to work independently whilst also leading teams and working collaboratively across different disciplines.
* Experience in curriculum development for delivery of content within universities and/or to professional communities, including diverse approaches to literacy development.
* Experience in securing competitive funding and successfully managing funded research projects, including collaborative research and development initiatives.
* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with a focus on scholarly communication practices, including demonstrated ability to confidently and effectively work with colleagues, project team leaders, and industry, community and government stakeholders, and engage, collaborate with and/or supervise higher degree by research candidates.
* Strong commitment to the values and behaviours consistent with RMIT's enterprise vision, goals and strategic plans see https://www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-values

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

About the College
The College of Design and Social Context encompasses RMIT University's renowned art, architecture, design, built environment, communication, and social science disciplines. The college has 24,500 students and over 1,000 staff located in 8 schools. The College's academic programs are generally market leaders and in high demand. Based on a strong foundation of practise led, industry partnered teaching and research, we aim to deliver skilled graduates with a deep sense of purpose, and high impact research and innovation. Find out more about research in the College of Design & Social Context at https://www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/college-of-design-and-social-context/research

The Research Fellow position is located in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. The School has a strong industry-focused approach to education and research, where people, community, and industry partners become active supporters, advisors and participants in the academic process. The School also promotes and maintains cooperative links with the global research community, providing excellent facilities for postgraduate research students and further strengthening industry, community, and academic links.

To Apply
Please submit your CV and covering letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria for this position by clicking on the 'Apply' link below.

For further information about this position, please see Position Description below or contact Lisa Given via email lisa.given2@rmit.edu.au.

PD - Research Fellow - Social Change ECP.docx

Applications close on 01/07/22 at 11.59pm.

About RMIT
RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 95,000 students and close to 10,000 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 Culture
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.

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.

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 recognised by a broad spectrum of external organisations. Visit our Linkedin Life pages to learn more and see some of our most recent wins.

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.

RMIT is a Disability Confident Recruitment Team and we are happy to adjust the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. Please contact us at TalentSupport@rmit.edu.au 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 whilst we still accept applications from any persons interested in our roles, due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications from those with current working rights in Australia and 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: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/

Vaccination Requirements
The COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions, made under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic) and as amended and replaced from time to time (Directions), affect all persons employed or engaged to perform work by RMIT.

As such, offers of employment from RMIT are conditional upon the applicant being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or medically exempt and providing satisfactory evidence of the same. You can access the Directions here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-19

We are a Circle Back Initiative Employer - we commit to respond to every applicant.


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Research Fellow, Social Change