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AISB YouTube Channel

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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Post-doctoral positions, AUSTRALIA

University of Melbourne

The McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme has been established to attract outstanding recent 
doctoral graduates to the University in areas of research priority for the university and its 
faculties, and in particular to recruit new researchers who have the potential to build and lead 
cross-disciplinary collaborative research activities inside and across faculties.

The University offers a leading and lively research environment that is internationally engaged,
public-spirited, and with many outstanding areas of research strength.

The objectives of the scheme are to:

assist the university to build an ambitious program of research activity, and [to] attract 
outstanding postdoctoral researchers to be part of that and to begin to build the next generation
of research activity.

Applicants must have graduated or have completed all the required steps to be eligible to graduate
 with a PhD by the closing date of 7 October 2011, from a university other than the University of 
Melbourne.  The PhD must have been awarded in the preceding 12 months, i.e. on or after 7 October 
2010. The McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships are intended for applicants who do not hold a fixed 
term or continuing appointment at the University of Melbourne.

Applicants may be drawn from any field in which the University of Melbourne has research strength, 
and must have an ability to contribute to research collaborations and programs across faculties or 

Applicants will be required to provide a declaration of support from the department/school in 
which they would be located if successful but the criteria for selection will be university-based.

International applications are welcomed. The applicant must have the right to work in Australia. 
Permanent residency or citizenship is not a requirement.
Fellowships can be awarded for fractional appointments.

Assessment will take account of achievement relative to opportunity.

Outcomes are expected to be communicated first week of December 2011.

The Fellowships will be funded by Melbourne Research to the value of a Level A academic salary 
including on costs. Fellows will be employed at Level A.6 in the University Salary Band.

Fellows will receive an additional ,000 to be spent on travel and/or equipment over the term 
of their Fellowship.  Awards will be for a maximum of three years commencing (1 January 2012) but 
start date may be deferred up to (30 June 2012).

Funding Guidelines along with the application form and FAQ are available at the following link:

For further information in the first instance please email:
or you may phone the Office of the Executive Director, Research - Dr David Cookson: +61 (0)3 9035 4413.

Candidates should submit their application directly to but 
should also cc to  on final application. Should MSE staff seek assistance 
in reviewing applications from candidates, please forward to Gwenda Pittaway no later than 26 

Any other queries may be directed to Gwenda Pittaway,, x44421 (MSE)

Gwenda Pittaway
Research Officer
MERIT Research Services
Depts Electrical and Electronic Engineering, CSSE and Mechanical Engineering Melbourne School of
Engineering THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE Parkville campus, Victoria  3010 Australia
Tel: +61 3 83444421