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RMIT Vietnam Illuminate Fellowship – Postdoctoral Fellow

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 Postdoctoral Fellows 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 Postdoctoral Fellow will be aligned with one or more of RMIT Vietnam’s Strategic Research Priority Areas. They will be positioned within a school but expected to work across disciplines.  

The Postdoctoral Fellowship is an opportunity for emerging researchers to further build their research career supported with research training and mentorship. 

The role is expected to plan, lead, develop, and engage in high quality, transdisciplinary, externally linked and impact-focused research projects, which address local, national, regional, and global challenges in line with the University’s Strategic Research Priority areas. The Postdoctoral Fellow will deliver excellent research outcomes with a strong focus on impact and translation. They will carry out research projects, which will make a significant impact in their specialisation and be influential in expanding the knowledge of their relevant discipline.   

The Postdoctoral Fellow will embed their research expertise into the life of their School, through the development of high-quality, productivity-driven research networks across RMIT and with local and international, internal and external partners. They will be expected to engage in high-quality research projects and produce high quality outputs and be willing to explore interdisciplinary research opportunities that create value.   

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 have completed a Ph.D. within five years prior to the application starting date and who do not currently hold a continuing academic appointment with an RMIT University campus. 

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


The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to: 

  • Conduct high-quality research, individually or as part of a team, within the foci of one of our strategic research priorities with a strong focus on impact and translation, and interdisciplinary research, including:  
    - submission of competitive funding bids to strategic calls for funding, managing research projects within timelines and budget, and ensuring compliance with legislation, RMIT policies and external reporting requirements. 
    - driving research which is relevant to the current and future needs in their area of expertise. 
    - publishing research results in high-quality outlets as lead or co-author.  
    - actively engaging in research translation activities and collaborating with industry, community, and government stakeholders where appropriate.   

  • Assist in the supervision of higher degrees by research candidates. 

  • Participate in relevant professional development and networks.  

  • Be a positive advocate for research excellence and innovation that supports cutting-edge research and makes a positive impact on communities.  

  • Participate in any other research related activities. e.g system implementation, organising forums, trainings and seminars etc. 

  • 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 
  • An emerging track record and recognition for quality research outputs which will contribute to existing high-performing RMIT research teams, evidenced by such things as publications, development of new research initiatives, and contributions to policy and practice.  
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting research in an area aligned with one of our strategic research priorities, and a willingness to engage in cross-disciplinary research.  
  • Experience in engaging with industry on collaborative research projects and/or research translation.  
  • An ability to be able to work in a complex matrix structure and network across campuses & centres. 
  • An ability to work autonomously whilst displaying a strong commitment to teamwork and collaboration across different disciplines.  
  • Experience in project management of funded research and collaborative research and development initiatives.  
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with demonstrated ability to confidently and effectively work with colleagues, project team leaders, and industry, community and government stakeholders, and engage, collaborate with and/or supervise higher degree by research candidates.   
  • Strong commitment to the values and behaviors 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 now’ 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: JR29045
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