Doreen Thomas Postdoctoral Fellowships for Women in Engineering
University of Melbourne


Job no: 0048981
Work type: Full-time fixed term position for 3 years
Location: Parkville (Melbourne), Australia
Division/Faculty: Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne
Role: Academic 
Salary: AUD91,125 – AUD97,812 p.a. + 17% superannuation

The Inaugural Doreen Thomas Postdoctoral Fellowships
In line with the special measure under section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (VIC), the Melbourne School of Engineering strongly encourages applications from suitably qualified female candidates.

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, at number 1 in Australia and number 32 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018).  We are globally engaged, comprehensive, research-intensive and committed to responding to the major challenges of our time.

The Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE) is strongly committed to supporting diversity and flexibility in the workplace. It is established that a diverse workforce improves organisational performance. In the University where the exploration of ideas, thought leadership and curiosity is fundamental to our teaching and research performance, improving the representation of women is necessary in our goal to innovate and to strengthen MSE’s reputation as a world-class centre of research.

MSE is committed to remedying this gender imbalance and providing a supportive environment where women in academia are empowered to achieve their aspirations. To drive systemic change towards gender equity, MSE is working to lift the representation of women academics from 22% in 2018 to at least 30% over the next five years compliant with and sanctioned by the Special Measure under Section 12(1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic).

We are proud to introduce The Doreen Thomas Postdoctoral Fellowships which aims to attract, or to retain, outstanding female doctoral graduates at the Melbourne School of Engineering providing a career pathway to a global Teaching and Research academic career at the University of Melbourne.

Doreen Thomas
“Professor Emeritus Doreen Thomas is a leading academic whose work has spanned the fields of mathematics and electrical and mechanical engineering. Her career at the University of Melbourne has lasted over 40 years and practical applications of her research have had significant commercial impact. 

Doreen is a powerful advocate for women in engineering and mathematics. She chairs the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Forum at the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. While at the University of Melbourne’s School of Engineering, she helped create nine research fellowships to launch and accelerate the careers of female academics. 

In 2006, she was appointed the University of Melbourne’s first female professor in engineering. She was the first woman at the university to become head of each of the departments she led, and the first woman in Victoria to become head of two different university departments. 

Doreen’s long and distinguished career has been inspirational for other women in mathematics and science. She has made significant contributions to knowledge with real-world impact, promoted the next generation of women in STEM disciplines, and taught mathematics to generations of engineering students.” – 

The Melbourne School of Engineering is celebrating Professor Thomas’ achievements and contributions to our community by offering multiple inaugural Doreen Thomas Postdoctoral Research Fellowships within our three schools of MSE:

  • Computing and Information Systems
  • Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering

We are searching globally for accomplished; enthusiastic; and interested early-career female doctoral graduates. 

The Opportunity
As a Doreen Thomas Fellow you will build an excellent body of research achievement with active exploration of, and engagement in, broader research collaborations across the University. As a Fellow, you will undertake high quality, independent and potentially multidisciplinary research to complete the aims of your project.  This will involve leading the preparation and publication of research outcomes in conferences and journals as well as presenting your research to a variety of industry partners and/or stakeholders.

As a Research Fellow you may also undertake teaching and research supervision directly related to your area of research, when it is required.

This Fellowship is intended as a full-time position.

In the initial application form please identify the school and specific discipline you wish to focus your research upon.

You will be asked to attach the following documents to this application:

  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Bibliography outlining your research track record
  • A personal statement on your research achievements and contributions
  • A personal statement on your teaching approach
  • A project proposal

Guidelines for the required documents can be found on the last page of the Position Description attached in the University advertisement located here:

Advertising and applications close 13 October 2019
Shortlisting and first round Interviews November/December 2019
Final Interviews January/February 2020

Successful appointees will be given the opportunity to play a significant role in realising the industry engagement targets of MSE 2025, develop internationally recognised research portfolios, establish funding streams to support these portfolios, and to enhance interdisciplinary research within and outside the University, whilst contributing to teaching and curriculum development within MSE.

Applications for part-time or other flexible working arrangements will be welcomed and will be fully considered subject to meeting the inherent requirements of the position. 

What we offer you
We offer flexibility, whatever that may mean for you.  Many of our benefit programs and onsite amenities are aimed at supporting you - including generous leave, child care subsidies, discounted parking, medical and health care.  We offer extensive opportunities for personal and professional development and we’ll support you in doing what you love.

For international candidates, relocation support will also be offered.

If you’re curious, motivated and ready to undertake a challenging and rewarding role we’re ready to meet you. 

How to Apply 
Apply online by completing the application form and upload your CV; bibliography; personal statements X 2 and a project proposal as outlined in the position description. To apply go to:

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Applications close: 13 Oct 2019 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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