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Research Fellow (Cultural Landscape Design)

Melbourne, Australia
$83,468 to $113,262 p.a. plus 17% super
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Academic Discipline
Architecture, Arts & Humanities
Job Type
Academic Posts, Research Fellowships
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Job Details

Job no: 0062570
Location: Parkville
Role type: Part-time (0.2 FTE); Fixed-term for 24 months
Faculty: Architecture, Building and Planning
Salary: Level A– $83,468 to $113,262 p.a. plus 17% super

About the Role

The Tati Tati Cultural Mapping Research project aims to document and enhance understanding of the relationship between water and Indigenous wellbeing to empower Traditional Owners and influence policy change. The Research Fellow will collaborate with Chief Investigators, Traditional Owners, and the Centre of Excellence Places Program to co-design and implement culturally appropriate research methods. They will focus on embedding Indigenous values in the research design, developing visualization approaches, engaging participants, and ensuring Indigenous data governance following CARE and FAIR principles, working part-time (0.2 FTE) to advance the project's objectives.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Work with the Senior Research Fellow and the Enterprise Principal Fellow in Cultural Economies and Sustainability on research development, design and implementation, data collection, analysis and presentation of findings and outcomes. This will involve embedding Indigenous knowledge and priorities in all of the aforementioned aspects of the research
  •  Undertaking community engagement, including yarning with relevant stakeholder/community members on the goals, processes, and outcomes of the research, and working with community members to ensure that the research design is appropriate and relevant
  • Working with the Senior Research Fellow and team to manage the projects. This may include project planning, costing and execution, setting milestones, undertaking fieldwork, and project evaluation, as well as monitoring and reporting on the progress of the projects, recognising barriers and risks, and presenting effective solutions where necessary

Who We Are Looking For

You will have a demonstrated interest in or experience with participatory research, including fieldwork and participant interviews, and the ability to conduct self-directed research on themes related to Indigenous wellbeing and environmental change. Excellent communication, community consultation, and interpersonal skills, along with strong organisational and administrative abilities, are essential. You should also be committed to Indigenous empowerment, diversity, and inclusivity, and be able to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.

You will also have:

  • A postgraduate degree or equivalent experience in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrated experience working with Indigenous communities in accordance with Indigenous data governance principles and culturally-sensitive community engagement.
  • Demonstrated experience working in culturally-sensitive, complex co-design scenarios with a focus on built environments and/or natural resource management.

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate doesn't have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning is the leading educational and research institution in the Asia-Pacific region addressing the design and realisation of environments. It actively seeks to extend the linkages between education, research and practice in the built environment, and maintains excellent and extensive relationships with members of the built environment professions, government, professional associations and the wider community.

The Faculty has over 200 staff and 3000 students, one third of whom are international. It is responsible for the undergraduate Bachelor of Design degree, and offers majors in architecture, landscape architecture, property, construction, and urban planning.

The Faculty’s graduate school, the Melbourne School of Design (MSD), teaches accredited masters courses across the professional disciplines of Architecture, Construction Management, Landscape Architecture, Property, Urban Design and Urban Planning.

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

Be Yourself

The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact the employee listed on the first page of the Position Description found below, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience

Please note that you are not required to respond to the selection criteria in the Position Description.

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Fahim Farzad via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Position Description

Applications close: 29 May 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

For more information please visit:

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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