PhD Scholarship – Evaluation of Vanguard Laundry Services

Hawthorn, Boroondara, Australia
10 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
26 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Faculty of Business & Law – Centre for Social Impact
  • $28,000 for three years. Start April-June 2017
  • Based at the Hawthorn campus, with onsite research in Toowoomba

Swinburne’s emphasis is on high-quality, engaged teaching and research in science, technology, business, design and innovation – teaching and research that makes a difference in the lives of individuals and contributes to national economic and social objectives.

A three-year scholarship funded by Vanguard Laundry Services and supported by Swinburne is being offered as part of an industry-university collaboration to better understand the effects of social enterprise on mental health and wellbeing of individuals. The scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding candidate who has graduated with a Bachelor with honours 1 or 2A equivalence (for example, a master’s degree) in disciplines appropriate to the topic areas listed within the attached position description (Appendix 1). The scholarship includes an annual stipend of $28,000 for three years, as well as additional thesis allowances of $5,000 for the 3 years to support travel and related research costs.

The successful candidate may be located in South East Queensland or at Swinburne University of Technology campus in Hawthorn, Melbourne. They will spend periods of time during the candidature in Toowoomba, Queensland, at the site of Vanguard Laundry Services. Successful incumbent will be required to be in Melbourne during parts of their candidature to fulfil the requirements of their degree.

Skills and Experience
To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • A Bachelor degree honours and/or a research master’s degree with H1 or 2A equivalence in a discipline relevant to mental health and wellbeing and/or social enterprise.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent (e.g.: Pearson test of English (PTE) examination certificate with a minimum overall score of 6.5 with no individual band score below 6.0
  • Strong social and organisational skills and capacity to interact with diverse groups of people, in addition to key attributes listed in Appendix 1
  • Ability to contribute to peer-reviewed authored publications
  • Knowledge of social enterprise and/or social programs for health and wellbeing is desirable.

A full list of the selection criteria is available in the position description

This is an opportunity to work alongside one of Australia’s beacon social enterprise projects focusing on benefiting people with a lived experience of mental illness.

The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and our capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, workers of all ages, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2015 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

How to apply
To apply for this position please send a detailed CV (including contact details of one academic and one professional referee), and a 1-2 page cover letter explaining your suitability and enthusiasm, to Professor Jo Barraket, Director of Centre for Social Impact Swinburne at .

For further information please contact Professor Jo Barraket at

If you are experiencing technical difficulties submitting your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Applications close at 5pm, Sunday 26 March 2017