PhD Scholarship - Design Innovation Education

Hawthorn, Boroondara, Australia
14 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
10 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Centre for Design Innovation Faculty of Health, Arts and Design
  • Full time fixed term – (3 years FTE from commencement of PhD
  • Based at the Hawthorn campus

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.

The Centre for Design Innovation is a fast growing research effort of Swinburne University of Technology. Advancing the future talent of Australians in applied design led innovation is a core strategic interest to CDI. We seek to commence a Swinburne University Post Graduate Award scholarship (APA equivalent), for a highly motivated and eligible graduate to produce deep research into the following areas:
1) Towards a model of appropriate developmental milestones in applied design led innovation from early emergent play, to sophisticated pioneering capabilities
2) Robust conceptual foundations for capacity to engage in degrees of complexity related to our designed environment where people, ecology, and technologies interact towards addressing goals of impact and outcome.

Applicants interested in any of the following areas are encouraged to apply. Areas may include - EC-12 pupil development of Design Innovation Capability. For more information on the centre:

Skills and Experience
To be successful in this role you will not need to have a design degree background. You will need to demonstrate the following:

  • A Bachelor degree with honours (equivalent to 2A or above) and/or a master’s degree with clear reseach project components in a field ether related to Design Innovation, Design and Technology, or educational development.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination certificate with a minimum overall score of 6.5 with no individual band score below 6.0
  • Demonstrable ability to be self-motivated with an aptitude for research and development, including grant development..
  • Good team-working, observational and communication skills, writing and presenting research or projects to an informed audience.

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

To find out more about the extensive benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit:

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 2020 vision to be Australia’s leading university of science, technology and innovation.

How to apply
To start an application, click on ‘begin’ at the bottom of the page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

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

For further information about the scope and potential for research in the project, please contact the principal supervisor Associate Professor Kurt Seemann Director, Swinburne University of Technology, or for more general enquiries, please contact

Refer to position number: PhDSCHOL
Closing date: 5pm, Monday 10 April 2017

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