Postdoctoral Research Associate in Workplace Design, Productivity and Health

Sydney, Australia
26 Nov 2019
End of advertisement period
07 Jan 2020
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Architecture
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Join a major multidisciplinary research project funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery scheme
  • Share our enthusiasm for high performance workspaces
  • Full-time, two years fixed term, Academic Level A $94K - $101K p.a plus superannuation

About the opportunity 

The School of Architecture, Design and Planning is leading the multidisciplinary Discovery project Designing Offices Well (DOWell): improving workers’ productivity, satisfaction and health through evidence-based design. This project aims to describe, quantify and analyse the impact of workspace design on workers’ satisfaction, productivity and health. The Australian market is the fastest adopter of Activity-Based Working (ABW) in the world and impacts arising from this workspace typology on workers will be significant now and in the next decade. This project will develop benchmarking for ABW offices, techniques for monitoring cognitive performance in situ, and design guidelines for health promotion. By shifting attention to design features that actually perform well, this project will provide the empirical basis needed to transform the way workspaces are designed now and in the future. It will therefore lead to greater productivity in and among workplaces.

We are seeking a postdoctoral candidate who has the capability to undertake a wide spectrum of research and development associated with the three research streams under this project: workspace design, productivity and health. As the successful candidate, you will work directly with a number of parties and the wider research community, and will require a broad range of skill sets and experience across a range of disciplinary domains. The successful candidate will be mentored by Dr Christhina Candido and a team of academics from Architecture, Health Science and IT from The University of Sydney, UCL and Griffith.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who possesses demonstrated expertise in:

  • a PhD in architecture or built environment-related fields
  • sophisticated data analytical capabilities
  • track record of scientific publications
  • ability to engage with industry on collaborative research projects
  • demonstrated knowledge of indoor environment research methodologies, including but not limited to measurements, subjective questionnaire development and space syntax analysis
  • excellent English verbal and written communications skills
  • ability to work in multidisciplinary groups.

About us

From the appointment of Leslie Wilkinson as Australia’s first Chair in Architecture in 1918, the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning has been an internationally acknowledged centre for intellectual, scientific and aesthetic enquiry in architecture and the built environment, which attracts the highest quality student applicants in Australia. In the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject, the school was ranked first in Australia, and 15th in the world for Architecture/Built Environment.

The school is focused on the built environment and uses the methods of architecture, design, planning, science, art, engineering, IT, and social sciences to analyse, understand and design innovative environments. We have one of Australia’s best university laboratory infrastructures for research and design in the built environment, including our Lighting Lab, Spatial Audio and Acoustics Lab, and the Indoor Environmental Quality Lab. We have a major and ongoing investment in the Design Modelling and Fabrication Lab, including architectural robotics. Our range of disciplines enables us to respond to the great and conflicting global challenges of our time – urbanisation and sustainability.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across 9 campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 47,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 2598/1119F to apply.

Note: visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11:30pm, Tuesday 7 January 2020

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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