Research Fellow in Mathematical Sciences

RMIT University

Early Career Development Fellow (ECDF) – Mathematical Sciences (3 positions)

Job no: 593398
Work type: Full time - Fixed term/Contract
Categories: Science, Technology, Teaching, Teaching and Research

  • 3 x Full-time, 3 -year fixed-term contract positions based at RMIT City campus but may be required to work and/or be based at another campus of the University and/or partner institutes (including overseas)
    • 2 (two) positions are in the area of cybersecurity, specifically in the mathematics of cybersecurity.
    • 1 (one) position is in the area of applied mathematics
  • Play an important role in contributing to teaching and research activities within the Mathematical Sciences Discipline, in the School of Science
  • Report directly to the Professor Asha Rao, Associate Dean (Mathematical Sciences)
  • Remuneration at Academic Level B ($98,495 - $116,965) + 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.


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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.

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.

Further information on STEM College in this link.

About You and the Role

You will be responsible for:

  • Designing and delivering independent teaching at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate level including delivery of lectures, and programs through forward-thinking, sustainable and engaging course materials; preparing, conducting and moderating assessment; implementing improvements informed by course evaluation activities and student feedback;  
  • Effectively engage and promote the programs through developing networks, maintaining memberships, links and partnerships with academic members, industry and professional communities; as well as participation in the on-going process improvement within this discipline and across Mathematical Sciences Discipline, in the School of Science;
  • Perform high-quality and efficient research/scholarly activities both independently and as a member of the team, including publishing research outcomes as lead or co-author in highly ranked journals, conferences and forums, submitting and actively identifying appropriate research grants & funding, involvement in collaborative projects and supervision of higher degree by research students, honours and WIL (Work Integrated Learning) projects;
  • Carry-out varied administrative duties based on the level of appointment related to the goals of courses and small award programs of the organisational unit.


Mandatory: PhD or equivalent research doctorates related to Mathematical Sciences.


  • Candidates with proven experience in preparing high-quality and innovative lectures, tutorials, and demonstrations with a focus on  cybersecurity or applied mathematics and innovative teaching technologies and digital capabilities; experience with online delivery of course material or blended learning for students undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs will be highly regarded;
  • For applicants applying for ECDF Lecturer(s) within the field of Cyber security, you will have working knowledge and/or experience in carrying out teaching activities within undergraduate, and postgraduate programs primarily in cyber security, including the mathematics of cyber security;
  • For applicants applying to the ECDF Lecturer within the Mathematical Sciences Discipline, you will have the proven knowledge and experiences in teaching and/or research within one or more areas of contemporary applied mathematics within undergraduate mathematics programs or within service mathematics;
  • Experience supervising higher degree by research candidates is desirable;
  • A substantial record of academic and published research outputs in high quality journals & articles in and contributing to the development of new research initiatives, external research funding submissions and strong linkage to industry and government will be considered.

Preferred: Completion of the Essentials in Tertiary Teaching Practice program or equivalent (if the appointed candidate does not meet this requirement at time of appointment, they will be supported to complete this as a requirement to fulfil their probation).

In order to be eligible for this ECDF role you will have performed casual teaching work for an Australian University during the past three years and have not been employed on a continuing basis at an Australian University. If you have previously been employed on a fixed-term basis at an Australian University are eligible for this position, however, the requirements are to also have performed casual teaching work as per above parameters.

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 a cover letter outlining your experience and achievements by clicking on the ‘Apply now’ link. Please note that a separate response to Key Selection Criteria as stated on the Position Description is required.  For any enquiries regarding this role, please contact Professor Asha Rao, Associate Dean (Mathematical Sciences) (  

Download File PD - 593398 - ECDF Cybersecurity.pdf

Download File PD - 593398 - ECDF Mathematical Sciences.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.

Applications close Sunday 28th February 2021.

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:

Application close: 28 Feb 2021 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time