I'm looking for a research supervisor

The University of Melbourne is home to the largest cohort of research students in Australia -- and that means it's also one of the best places in the world to undertake a graduate research programme. Find an Expert makes it easy for you to identify potential research supervisors who'll help you take this next step in your academic career.

Search for someone by name

  1. If you know the name of the person you're looking for, simply enter it into the search.
  2. Once you find them, click their name to reach their profile page.

Search for a person by name


To find someone by name, simply enter the name in the search box.


A list of matching results appears.


Click the person's name to view their profile page.

Search for people by areas of interest

Chances are that the University of Melbourne has more than one expert who's interested in your topic. Find an Expert helps you narrow down your choices to find the right person for the job.

  1. Use the homepage search to look for your research interests. In the example below, we've searched for "Australian agriculture". Check the box marked "Show only available supervisors".
  2. A list of matching results appears. Use the tabs underneath each person's name to understand how that person's interests match your search: in this example, we can see that the researcher's publications and research output both match the keywords we searched on.
  3. Click an expert's name to view their profile page.

Filtering search results

If you've received a lot of results, the tools in the sidebar will help you narrow them down. In the example below, a search for citizenship turned up 70 people.

  • Use options from underneath the Department heading to filter the list of people by their University department.
  • Use Country Linkages to filter the list down to people who have a connection to a particular country.
  • Options listed under Have you tried makes suggestions about similar searches that might help you narrow down your results a little more.
  • To return to an unfiltered list, look for the heading you filtered on and click "All" to return to the unfiltered list.

Search for a person by topic

Searching for Australian agriculture

Search for a topic or phrase that interests you.

A person's profile

Use the tabs below each result to find out how their work relates to your search.

List people by organisation

If you know that you're interested in working with a particular department or research institute, Find an Expert also classifies experts by their organisation.

  1. In the topmost menu, click Experts by Organisation. A list of organisations appears.
  2. Use the A-Z or numbered links to navigate through the list of organisations. Then, click the organisation's name.
  3. Each organisation's page lists the faculty members working within this area. Click a faculty member's name to view their profile.

List people by Field of Research (FOR), Socio Economic Objective (SEO) or Australian Standard Research Fields, Courses and Disciplines (RFCD) code

Find an Expert contains a comprehensive list of the University's research efforts, categorised by different classification schemes.

  1. In the topmost menu, click Experts by Research Classification. The page for FOR 2-digit codes appears.
  2. Use the left-hand menu to select the classification scheme you're interested in.
  3. Use the A-Z or numbered links at the top of the screen to reach the topic you're interested in. Then, click the topic.
  4. Each topic's page lists the faculty members who are involved in this research area, as well as publications, works, and recordings.
  5. Click an individual's name to view their profile page.

Understanding a person's profile

There's a profile page for each faculty member listed in Find an Expert. A person's profile page contains more information about their scholarship and work.

At the top of the page, the person's name, position, and contact details are shown.

In the centre of the page, information about their work and interests is shown.

  • The Overview tab shows a summary of an expert's life and work.
  • The Publications tab shows a selection of this expert's publications. Click a publication's name to learn more about where it was published and who else contributed.
  • Research shows this expert's research work.
  • Awards shows you information about the expert's education, professional memberships, awards, and honours.
  • An expert's Linkages tab describes connections to other countries or organisations.
  • And the Supervision tab tells you whether this expert is available as a research supervisor.

To the right of this area, you'll find links to visualisations of an expert's work. These visualisation tools show you an overview of an expert's work at a glance:

  • The Co-author and Co-investigator tools show connections between research investigators and authors. You can click another author or investigator's name to learn about them.
  • For scientists, the Map of Science shows how this expert's work relates to different areas of interest.

Interpreting a profile page

Peter Doherty

A profile page contains links to a person's biography, contact details, research work, and more.

Tabs at the top of a profile

Use the tabs at the top of the page here to navigate between the different areas of a person's profile.

Sidebar view: visualisation gallery

The Visualisation section on the right of the page reveals the profile visualisation tools.

co-author visualisation

The co-author and co-investigator tools reveal connections between this researcher and others.

Map of Science

The Map of Science shows this researcher's work as it pertains to different science topics.

Top tips

  1. Use quote marks around your search to get results that match that exact phrase. For example, a search for "Australian politics" will show only those people who have a publication or interest area matching these words.
  2. Don't forget to try a variety of search terms.
  3. Learn more about research at Melbourne.