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Senior Research Fellow - Remote Sensing Wildfire

RMIT University - Australia,

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Senior Research Fellow - Remote Sensing Wildfire

Job no: 595524
Work type: Part time - Fixed term/Contract, Full time - Fixed term/Contract
Categories: Research, Science

  • 0.8FTE, 2.5 years fixed-term contract based at RMIT City campus but to work and/or be based at other campuses of the University
  • Key position in a new Smartsat CRC Project real time fire analytics. This project proposes a satellite system of systems encompassing geostationary, polar orbiting and aerial based sensors for real time fire attribution
  • Opportunity for an experienced researcher to design and deliver a data and platform ecosystem to allow autonomous real time information on fire to be detected, processed and delivered to end users
  • Report directly to Professor Jones, Geospatial Science
  • Remuneration at Academic Level C1 ($120,657 pro rata) + 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.


Our Values inspire us, wherever we are in the world, and guide how we live and work together.

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 STEM 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.

The College is renowned for its exemplary research in many STEM areas including advanced manufacturing and design; computing technologies; health innovation and translational medicine; nano materials and devices; and sustainable systems. Our brilliant researchers attract funding from government and industry sources.

Industry is at the heart of what we do. It ensures our research has real world impact, and our students are truly work-ready. Under the leadership of DVC STEM College & Vice President, Digital Innovation, we have established new hubs of industry-connected digital innovation and endeavour and are engaging with global STEM organisations at scale.

Our diversity and shared values empower our work, and we are proud of the College's inclusive, caring culture. We offer a safe, dynamic work environment, and support every member of our community of achieve their potential. The College appointed Victoria's first ever Dean of STEM, Diversity & Inclusion in 2020, and this role drives gender equity, diversity and inclusion strategies across the College.

STEM College employs 1,000 staff who deliver onshore and offshore programs to approximately 20,000 students.

We are here to positively impact the world and create the next generation of STEM leaders.

About You and the Role
  • Design and deliver competitive research & development which includes delivering a data and platform ecosystem to will enable fire surveillance in real time from geostationary, polar-orbiting and aerial platformed sensors;
  • Create and produce fire detection algorithms for the real time surveillance of fires and their attribution (e.g. FRP, burn persistence, rate of spread etc.);
  • Work independently as well as collaboratively with the broader fire analytics research group through data sharing contributing to high-quality research outcomes and developing new research initiatives, as well as delivery of high-quality publications and conference attendance;

Mandatory: PhD in satellite earth observation / data assimilation.

  • Expertise in research programming i.e. Python, R, GEE) and capability to translate into utilisation contexts
  • Emerging track record and evidence of publications in high quality journals and ability to draft and execute research plan and grant proposals are required;
  • Research experience in high performance cloud computing environments for processing large datasets;
  • In-depth knowledge and hands-on expertise in satellite image integration and processing, ideally for fire-related applications;
  • Ability to supervise higher degree by research candidates.
Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check.

Bring your whole self to work

We are better for . 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.

To Apply

Please submit your resume and 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 Simon Jones ( )

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 Friday 30th April 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: 30 Apr 2021 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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