Research Fellow - Interactive Sessional Search for Complex Tasks

RMIT University

Australia: Melbourne - CBD
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Education & Training

Vacancy Type

• Full-time, Fixed-term 1.5-year contract based at RMIT city campus
• Be part of Australian Research Council research project working on the development and evaluation of algorithms supporting high-level large-scale search engines
• Build and develop your computer science knowledge and research experience in information retrieval
• Reports to Associate Professor Falk Scholer & Associate Professor Shane Culpepper
• Opportunities open to Academic Level A ($67,630 - $91,734) or Academic Level B ($96,564 - $114,672) + 17% superannuation

Position Summary

• Design, develop and deliver new approaches for search technologies to support complex information needs, focusing on interactive sessional search for complex tasks
• Utilise your research experience in crowdsourcing and lab-based user studies, and expertise in information retrieval

Roles and Responsibilities

• Work independently as well as collaboratively with the team in contributing to quality research publications in high impact journals and developing new research initiatives, providing computer science support and creating original and creative project-based research
• Contribute to preparing and submitting competitive research papers and grant submissions
• Actively participate in keeping up-to-date on international trends and outcomes in research to contribute and deliver impactful information retrieval technologies

Skills and Experience Required

• PhD in Computer Science or related discipline
• Excellent research track record, including publications in the following venues: SIGIR, WSDM, CIKM, WWW, SIGKDD, NIPS, ACL, NAACL, COLING, ALENEX, DCC, ESA, SPIRE, ECIR, ADCS, TOIS, TKDE, IPM, IRJ
• In-depth knowledge and expertise in developing software for large scale projects and the capability in manipulating large data sets is desirable
• High level of communication skills both written and verbal as well as the ability to present research findings, concepts and knowledge with sound problem-solving & analytical skills
• Excellent organisational skills and time management skills to effectively and efficiently conduct innovative research independently and collaboratively across a multi-disciplinary team of research candidates, staff and industry
• Passion and commitment to build strong relationships across all levels of professional staff within the organisation as well as proven ability to source and seek alternative funding for projects through strengthening of partnerships with industry & government


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.

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.

When you join our team, you'll be able to access a range of benefits. From travel to fitness, there's something for everyone

About Us

The School of Science undertakes high-quality teaching and research across the natural and physical sciences, mathematics, biological sciences and computer science and technology disciplines. The School of Science attracts esteemed experts and researchers from around the world and has strong partnerships with industry and international collaborators. The School of Science houses state-of-the-art equipment for materials analysis including HTREM, SEM, and XPS within the RMIT Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility as well as a suite of spectroscopic techniques within the RMIT Vibrational Spectroscopy Facility.

Computer Science, Software Engineering, and IT programs at RMIT University are offered through the disciplines of Computer Science and IT, and Computer Science and Software Engineering, which together comprise one of Australia’s largest and leading educational facilities in the field. In the 2017 QS University Rankings by discipline, RMIT University was ranked top-100 globally for Computer Science and Information Systems. RMIT University prides itself on the quality of its graduates, achieved through programs that have a strong emphasis on both theory and practice, and seeks to make a significant contribution to computing and IT education and research.
The teaching programs of the Computer Science disciplines cover a wide range of pertinent areas including programming languages and methodology, software engineering, computer architecture, systems analysis and design, theory of computation, database systems, games and graphics, artificial intelligence, data communications and networks, operating systems, web based computing, search engines, and computer and network security.

The School has research groups in the areas of:

1. Big Data and Data Analytics 
2. Information Retrieval and Web Search
3. Machine Learning and Evolutionary Computing
4. Intelligent Agents and Multi-Agent Systems
5. Networked Systems and Cyber security
6. Smart Sensing and Services 
7. Computer Science Education 

More information on Computer Science and IT research can be found at:

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.
• 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

For further information & confidential discussions, please contact Associate Professor Falk Scholer (  or Associate Professor Shane Culpepper ( ). Alternatively, please click on the Position Description attached below:

 PD - 582893 - Research Fellow.pdf

Applications close on Monday 9th December 2019.

Applicants will need to attach their updated resume and a cover letter expressing their suitability for this position. Applicants will be required to address the Key Selection Criteria as stated on the Position Description.

This position is subject to passing a Working with Children check.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to be 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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