JOB Professor -Yarra Community Homelessness and Housing Assistance

JOB Professor -Yarra Community Homelessness and Housing Assistance

  • Yarra Community Housing and RMIT research partnership
  • Full-time, ongoing position based in Melbourne’s CBD
  • Academic Level E  (AUD $171,216 + 17% super)

Our organisation

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) is a global university of technology, design and enterprise. Our mission is to help shape the world through research, innovation, teaching and engagement, and to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work.  The School of Global, Urban and Social Studies is one of RMIT’s largest schools and provides academic programs that stretch from certificate to PhD, as well as providing a high level of research activity.

The position

Yarra Community Housing ( and RMIT University have partnered together to form an exciting new applied research program in urban homelessness and housing assistance. The program will consist of a team composed of a Professor, a Post Doctoral Fellow, three PhD students on scholarship and a dedicated lecturing position. The purpose of the team is to undertake translational research that will lead to better lives for people who are homeless or at serious risk of being in that position. The work of the team will be heavily determined by Yarra Community Housing.

Skills/Experience required

The Professor’s role is to be offered to an outstanding candidate with a proven track record in applied research. They may have had some time at a senior level working in the homelessness sector. They will feel comfortable working with homeless people or people at risk of being homeless and will be committed to translational research that meets the needs of end users rather than an academic imperative. They will be able to lead teams, inspire others and communicate their research to a broad audience, including people who may be homeless, politicians and policy makers.  The School will hold in high regard their international track record and ability to take their research findings to a global audience.  Key to the position will be a high level interpersonal, negotiating skills and collaborative skills in order to sustain and grow Research Groups and Centres through the attraction of external funding.  Ultimately they will display a commitment to improving the lives of those in need of housing assistance through a program of applied research

This is a splendid opportunity to develop and lead Australia’s premier homelessness research unit in partnership with one of Australia’s leading community housing providers.


Mandatory: PhD in a related field

To apply

To view a Position Description and apply online please contact David Hayward, Dean School of Global, Urban & Social Studies +61 3 9925 8216 or via email

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all sectors of the community

For more information see here.