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RMIT Vietnam Illuminate Fellowship - Professor

RMIT International University Vietnam



RMIT is a global university of technology, design, and enterprise. We are global in footprint and even more importantly, we are global in mindset. We are committed to making a positive impact wherever we go. The wider our reach, the deeper our connections, the greater our impact.  

RMIT University Vietnam (RMIT Vietnam) is a campus of RMIT University with over 1,200 staff and 15,000 students, in three locations, and recently awarded one of the Best Companies to work for in Asia 2023. From a media perspective RMIT Vietnam enjoys a 40% share of voice in the sector. It brings a world-class education and globalized study environment to the heart of Asia, offering programs in business, technology, communication, design, fashion, and English language. It boasts an impressive range of extra-curricular activities that encourage students to innovate and network globally. 

Degrees are awarded by RMIT in Australia and taught in English, enabling Vietnamese students (and visiting international students) the opportunity to receive an international education without having to leave home.  


The RMIT Vietnam Illuminate Fellowship attracts top researchers/research teams to undertake transdisciplinary applied research that creates positive impact for Vietnam across our research priority areas – Sustainable Development, Smart Cities & Digital Transformation, and Social Innovation. The Illuminate Fellowship enables the world’s best research talent to flourish and make a difference in areas that matter for Vietnam’s future and the region more broadly. If you are ambitious and passionate about impactful research, we invite you to apply to become an RMIT Vietnam Illuminate Fellow. Applications are now open for Professorial in one of RMIT Vietnam’s research priority areas: 

Sustainable Development 

Contributing to sustainable development of Vietnam, that meets the economic needs of today, without compromising the needs of future generations. This requires interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative solutions to promote sustainable economic, environmental, and social prosperity in Vietnam. 

Smart Cities and Digital Transformation 

Contributing to development economics and major industries in Vietnam to ensure economic competitiveness, socio-economic development, infrastructure, smart technologies, and the digital economy. This requires an overall uplift of technological capabilities in digital industries, and the future of digital transformation. 

Social Innovation  

Contributing knowledge and engagement in relation to culture, creativity and society. To understand an individual's lived experience, we must make sense of the communities, cultures and societies in which they live. This requires that we learn from the past to ensure a future in which everyone can thrive. 

For more information about the RMIT Vietnam Illuminate Fellowship, please visit our website 


The Professorial role will be aligned with one or more of RMIT’s Strategic Research Priority Areas. They will be positioned within a school environment but expected to work across disciplines.  

They will be an eminent researcher, contributing significantly to research outputs and translation, industry and public engagement, building capability of staff, promoting strong research performance, and above all – engaging in research which builds social, environmental and economic benefit and positive change in the world. 

They will provide high-level transdisciplinary, externally linked and impact-focused research leadership and develop and lead research project teams and programs and foster a vibrant research culture.  

They are required to develop a high-quality and productivity-driven research network across RMIT and with external national and global partners.  The position will make a significant contribution to planning and strategic direction, taking on major academic leadership roles involving participation in committees, networks, projects and alliances within their School, College, the University and with industry, community, government, advocacy, arts, NGO, health or other bodies external to the University, as appropriate.   

The position will be expected to attract external research funding including competitive grants from both national and international sources and produce high-quality outputs.  

The position may be expected to contribute towards limited teaching duties e.g. Guest lectures in relevant areas but will not run coursework.  

The position is open to candidates who do not currently hold a continuing academic appointment with the RMIT University campus. 

For a more detailed description of the key areas of responsibility for this position please click here to download the job description   


The Professor is expected to: 

  • Develop and lead high-quality research involving design and development of major projects within the foci of one or more of RMIT’s Strategic Research Priority Areas with a strong focus on impact and translation, and interdisciplinary research.   
  • Continue to build on international reputation for original and innovative contributions to their field of research, demonstrated by sustained and distinguished performance and evidence of impact. 
  • Lead contribution and foster excellence in transdisciplinary, impact-focused research including:  
    • Identifying and attracting external research funding towards high-impact projects; 
    • Identifying and leading opportunities for transdisciplinary projects; 
    • Building collaborations with researchers in other institutions including internationally; 
    • Building research projects and collaborations with industry and other partners; 
    • Leading teams to produce research outputs and effective forms of translation, including novel and non-traditional forms; 
    • Attracting and supervising higher degree by research candidates;  
    • Contributing to research training and research policy. 
  • Manage research programs within timelines and budget, ensuring compliance with quality and reporting requirements, including research groups or clusters. 
  • Lead and partake in School Research strategy development and governance activities and the development of a culture of responsible research conduct across the University. 
  • Develop and build collegiality, and embrace diversity, through active interactions and participation in events, forums, workshops in the School, College, and broader research community and networks of the University.     
  • Assume joint responsibility for career development by actively participating in various activities, including leading research capability trainings and seminars at RMIT Vietnam. 
  • Be a positive advocate for research excellence, innovation and translation that supports cutting edge research and makes a positive impact on communities.  
  • Provide regular progress updates to the Office for Research and Innovation, including reports and updates to university leadership when required.  


We are looking for candidates with: 

  • PhD in relevant field 
  • Demonstrated distinction at the national level and an internationally recognised track record in impact-focused, transdisciplinary research. 
  • Demonstrated experience in identifying and building research projects to address complex, challenges in the world. 
  • An ability to be able to work in a complex matrix structure and network across campuses & centers. 
  • Proven ability to build research collaborations with bodies external to the university including industry, government, NGO, community, NFP, cultural and other organisations as relevant. 
  • Proven ability to sustain and grow transdisciplinary research groups, including through the attraction of external funding. 
  • Extensive experience in attracting and supervising higher degree by research candidates to maximise research performance. 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead improvement of academic standards, including implementing best practice teaching strategies and dissemination of innovative practices.  
  • Demonstrated strategic leadership in a large research organisational unit or University-wide initiative and effective membership of a management team that develops and achieves shared goals and objectives.    
  • Demonstrated experience in financial, governance and quality management systems within a University.   
  • Demonstrated track record of values and behaviours consistent with RMIT’s enterprise vision, goals and strategic plans 


  • Competitive remuneration package USD (for expatriate candidates)/VND (for Vietnamese candidates). 
  • Relocation allowance of USD $6000 for expatriates applying from outside of Vietnam  
  • Flights from home location to Vietnam for expatriate employee and immediate dependents. 
  • School tuition fee support for expatriate employee’s children, up to USD $20,000 per child up to 2 children per year 
  • Private premium medical insurance for employee and immediate dependents 
  • 20 days annual leave plus 5 days paid leave Xmas closure and paid sick leave. 
  • Support and guidance from experienced Mobility Advisor to assist in work permit and visa application together with relocation to and settling into living and working in Vietnam. 
  • Ongoing professional development program and support.  

Further Info 

English is the language of teaching and communication at RMIT Vietnam. For this role, the minimum requirement is IELTS 7.0 (academic, with no skill less than 6.5) (or equivalent, as outlined in the Recruitment, Selection and Onboarding Guidelines).  

As an expatriate candidate, you will require a work permit to work in Vietnam. To qualify for a work permit you will need (at minimum) a degree in a relevant field to the position and must be able to provide official written confirmation (statement of service) of ideally at least 3 years’ related experience.  

To Apply 

Submit your application by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link 

For your application to be considered for review, it must include:

  • Application form (please fill out and submit the form)
  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Passport
  • Qualifications

These documents must be received via the ‘Apply’ link before the application deadline

Applications Close: 21 April 4 2024 11.59 pm

RMIT University Vietnam (RMIT Vietnam) is a campus of RMIT University. RMIT Vietnam is creating an innovative research, teaching and learning culture. We are committed to providing internationally recognised high-quality education and professional training for our students, clients and members of the community. As an internationally recognised Australian university based in Asia, RMIT Vietnam is assisting in the development of human resources capability in Vietnam and the region.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam
Salary: Competitive remuneration package
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th April 2024
Closes: 21st April 2024
Job Ref: JR29040
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