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Excellence in Diversity Fellowship (Indigenous Women Only)

Job no: 0053909
Location: Parkville
Role type:
Full time; Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty of Science
Classification is either Level A or Level B depending on experience and qualifications.
Level A - $77,171 - $104,717 p.a. (pro rata for part time) plus 17% super
Level B - $110,236- $130,900 p.a. (pro rata for part time) plus 17% super


Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About the Faculty of Science

Science at the University of Melbourne is the most highly ranked Faculty of Science in Australia. Science is defined by its research excellence in the physical and life sciences and is at the forefront of research addressing major societal issues from climate change to disease. Our discoveries help build an understanding of the world around us.

We have over 150 years of experience in pioneering scientific thinking and analysis, leading to outstanding teaching and learning and offer a curriculum based on highly relevant research, which empowers our STEM students and graduates to understand and address complexities that impact real world issues and the challenges of tomorrow.

About the Role

To support the need for greater diversity and inclusion within the University of Melbourne, the Faculty of Science has recently developed targeted diversity strategies in the areas of Indigenous Engagement and Gender Equity. This Fellowship will be taken over two years and has been developed to advance understanding and communication of Indigenous ambitions, experiences, knowledges, rights, and wellbeing.

We are looking to bring people into the University who have, in the past been less empowered to enter our institution. These fellowships are designed to be inclusive, innovative and to recognize all types of knowledge and ways of doing. We seek to support and empower new ways of doing research and of recognizing knowledge and knowledge holders who have significant potential for research and community impact.

The successful applicant will propose and conduct innovative research on a topic(s) of their choice, leading to the production of outputs. They will be involved in external research/knowledge production collaborations and demonstrate other measures of research impact. Project proposals may be on any topic that broadly aligns with “science” in its many forms and understandings.

The fellow will be in one of the Schools of the Faculty of Science and will be encouraged to engage with other academics and contribute more broadly to the core activities of the School and the Faculty.

NB: for the purposes of this position, we define the following terms as:

Research: we define “research” as undertaking any form of project that aims to build an understanding and development of a particular topic, recognizing the broad diversity of ways that knowledge is investigated and produced across cultures and traditions.

Outputs: outputs can range from community-led gatherings, workshops, recordings, gallery displays, performance, constructions, the development of written resources or booklets, curriculum development, audio-visual material, academic publications, and other forms of work that communicate and share the work being done to community and/or relevant stakeholders.

About You

The Faculty of Science is committed to diversifying our understanding of knowledge and ways of doing. We are looking for an Indigenous Knowledge holder who can bring expertise into the Faculty and work towards achieving set outcomes that make vital contributions to our understanding of the world around us.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • Experience in an area of Indigenous knowledge that aligns broadly with western concepts of “Science” (for example land management, climate, biodiversity, human geography, ecology, fire management) or completed a PhD in a traditional discipline of science with subsequent relevant experience
  • Ability to work within and contribute to the performance and culture one or more of the six schools in the Faculty of Science (Biosciences; Chemistry; Ecosystem and Forest Sciences; Geography, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences; Mathematics and Statistics; Physics)
  • When the proposed research involves Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP), the applicant will have an understanding and/or experience in working respectfully with Indigenous communities, most especially in protecting and ensuring ICIP rights

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental, and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

At UoM, we value the unique backgrounds, experiences, and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages and culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with your CV and cover letter outlining your interest, experience, and proposed research project.  Please note that you are not required to provide responses against the selection criteria in the Position Description.

Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications with current valid working rights in Australia and candidates who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements:

The University of Melbourne is required to comply with applicable health guidance and directions issued from the Victoria Health Minister.

The University of Melbourne requires all University of Melbourne employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless an exemption order applies. All applicants therefore must meet this requirement when applying.

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