Research Fellow (Integrative Urban and Architectural Design)

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February 16, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Urban Design and Planning, Urban History / Studies

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Integrative Urban and Architectural Design

This is a full time, 3 year fixed-term research appointment, located in Melbourne, Australia, at the University Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture. Remuneration is AU$95,297 - $113,166 pa Level B (plus 17% employer superannuation).

Job No.: 571684

The Opportunity

The Department of Architecture at Monash University, Australia, offers a unique opportunity for a talented and committed post-doctoral research fellow to engage across practice-based and scholarly research in urban and architectural design. This is one of two research fellow positions currently being advertised by the department – the other is focused on our developing research profile in the history, theory and criticism of architecture. 

This is a fixed-term, three year position, suitable for an engaged scholar who fits within the Monash Architecture ethos: making a positive contribution to the common good through rigorous, practice-based and scholarly architectural research.

This is an opportunity to collaborate with leading, established and emerging architectural researchers, in a lively Departmental context, undertaking innovative and important research projects which aim to have a tangible effect in the world.  

The research context and approach

This role is intended to straddle the various research themes explored within Monash Architecture’s Urban Laboratory, which undertakes cutting edge design and practice research in architecture, and integrative work in urban and architectural design.

The Urban Lab is a development of, and emerges from years of successful and highly-awarded design and practice research undertaken by the original Monash Architecture Studio (MAS).

The newly inaugurated Urban Lab integrates and builds upon this past work, under four established themes (The Compact City, The Informal City, The Ecological City, and The Inclusive City) and new and evolving themes (including the city as a productive entity; and the role of urbanism and architecture in rural and regional contexts).

Research outcomes from the Urban Lab often manifest in ‘non-traditional’ forms, such as built and unbuilt architectural designs, industry reports, exhibitions, competition schemes, and other non-text-based manifestations.

The role:

In relation to the above, the role has three parts.

  1. Part of the role (approximately two days per week) will entail active collaboration across the Urban Lab, including PhD supervision, and reconsidering past ‘non-traditional’ research outputs in light of their scholarly value, and communicating these with a broader audience.
  2. The successful applicant will engage in some research management activities (approximately one day per week) including managing communications and knowledge-sharing between teams in the Urban Lab, and organizing seminars and events and collaborative projects related to research across the Urban Lab.
  3. The successful applicant will conceive and undertake their own, self-directed and independent research work aligned to Lab themes and researchers, for the remaining two days per week, throughout the course of the fellowship.

In relation to part 3 above, applicants are required to provide a brief (no more than four A4 pages) research proposal, setting out this program of independent research, its questions, aims, outcomes and key milestones, and specifying how the program of research aligns productively with the existing themes and researchers in the Urban Lab.

About you:

You will have understanding and appreciation of the value and contribution of practice-based research in the discipline, although your work may tend towards either traditional scholarship or hybrid architectural research.

You will be a willing and enthusiastic collaborator, able to connect and draw together researchers in aligned but distinct areas of urban architectural research.

You will be highly productive, motivated and self-directed, with a strong and established track record of research outputs.

You will be committed to undertaking research in and about architectural design, informed by scholarly depth and rigour and have the critical and imaginative capacity to translate non-traditional research into conventional research outcomes and vice versa.

You will have a research doctorate or equivalent higher degree in architecture or a related field, with specific expertise in the research areas covered by the Urban Laboratory.

This role is a full-time position; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

The application

Your application should include a cover letter, and a statement addressing the selection criteria. It should also include the research proposal specified above. Please refer to "How to apply for Monash jobs"


Professor Naomi Stead, Head of Department,  61 3 990 34977 or

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Professor Naomi Stead

Head of Department - Architecture, Monash University

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