Research Assistant, Design and Social Context

Melbourne, Australia
Aug 08, 2019
End of advertisement period
Sep 01, 2019
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Architecture
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Convenient CBD location
  • Part-time (3 days per week), fixed term contract until the end of July 2021
  • Level A: $67,630 - $91,734 (pro-rata) + 17% super

About us

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

The School of Architecture and Urban Design delivers innovative design-focused research in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and related fields, and is widely recognised for its innovative leadership and contribution to excellence in practice-based design research. The School consistently ranks in the top 3 in Australia in research performance evaluations, and top 25 in the world for architecture.

Our culture

Our Values inspire us, wherever we are in the world, and guide how we live and work together. We are fundamentally transforming the world of research at RMIT, from providing industry leading opportunities for researchers to introducing world-first technology. Were proud to be reshaping our processes and capabilities - and in doing so, were becoming a trusted partner in creating the future of research.

What unites us is our purpose and our values; they are at the heart of who we are, what we stand for, how we make decisions and connect with each other.

Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices.

When you join our team, you'll be able to access a range of benefits. From travel to fitness, there's something for everyone.

About the role

The Research Assistant will work alongside Associate Professor Quentin Stevens on an Australian Research Council funded project exploring Temporary and Tactical Urbanism through the use of Assemblage Thinking and Actor-Network Theory. The role will involve a range of primary data-collection and analysis, including site analysis, mapping, review of public policy, conducting and analysing interviews, archival research, as well as providing research support to the project leaders. Experience using NVivo and familiarity with Actor-Network Theory or Assemblage Thinking would be a distinct advantage. The researcher will work both independently and in collaboration with the project leaders. The position is research-only, for the equivalent of 3 days per week for a fixed period of 21 months.

About You

To be considered for this opportunity, you will have training in the design disciplines and/or the social sciences, and a demonstrated ability to conduct research under limited supervision both individually and as part of a team. The successful candidate will be confident in managing and analysing data and presenting research findings in a range of formats and venues.

A high level of interpersonal communication and accountability skills are essential to this role. As a Research Assistant, you will have the capability to consult with senior researchers and external stakeholders, and to define and achieve research plans, tasks and targets within a collaborative environment.


Masters degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. urban design, urban planning, human geography, sociology or architecture).


Completed PhD in a relevant discipline area.

To Apply

If you believe this opportunity is for you, please apply online.

For further information please contact Quentin Stevens (Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Urban Design) by email or telephone 0466 996 106.

Applications close on Sunday 1st September 2019.

Applicants are requested to separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description.

This role will require satisfactory confirmation of a Working with Children Check.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.