Research Fellow in Architecture History, Theory and Criticism

Melbourne, Australia
20 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
16 Feb 2018
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Architecture
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job No.: 571489

Location: Caulfield campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: Three year fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: $95,297 - $113,166 pa Level B (plus 17% employer superannuation)

  • Opportunity to be involved in the development of new initiatives
  • Work with leading researchers at one of the world’s top 80 universities
  • Develop and shape your own research agenda

Everyone needs a platform to launch a satisfying career. At Monash, we give you the space and support to take your career in all kinds of exciting new directions. You’ll have access to quality research, infrastructure and learning facilities, opportunities to collaborate internationally, as well as the grants you’ll need to publish your work. We’re a university full of energetic and enthusiastic minds, driven to challenge what’s expected, expand what we know, and learn from other inspiring, empowering thinkers.

The Opportunity

The Department of Architecture at Monash University offers a unique opportunity for a talented and committed post-doctoral research fellow to engage in interdisciplinary and collaborative research in the history, theory and criticism of architecture. This is one of two research fellow positions currently being advertised by the department – the other is focused on our research strength in practice-based and scholarly research in Integrative urban and Architectural design.

This is a fixed-term, three year position, suitable for an engaged and imaginative scholar. It represents an opportunity to collaborate with leading, established and emerging researchers across architecture, art history and theory, and design, in a lively departmental context.   

The research context

The Department of Architecture at Monash University has acknowledged strengths in urban and architectural design research, in both practice-based and scholarly modes. Research in the history, theory, and criticism of architecture is an area under development, with recent academic appointments and research activity bolstering capacity in this area. 

Professor Naomi Stead, the newly appointed Head of Architecture at Monash University, together with Dr Ari Seligmann and other colleagues, are driving a program of integrated historical, theoretical and critical studies, and an exploration of related critical practices, located within Architecture but potentially reaching across all three disciplines in the MADA Faculty – Architecture, Design, and Fine Art.

The successful applicant will contribute to the Department of Architecture’s research goals by developing high quality research outputs (in traditional and possibly also non-traditional research formats) which explore the research themes identified by principal researchers in the department. The successful applicant will also work to stimulate cross-disciplinary connections, dialogues and discourse within MADA and across Monash University.

The role:

In relation to the above, the role has three parts.

  1. The successful applicant will conceive and undertake their own, self-directed and independent research work aligned to the work and themes of scholars already working in the department and faculty, for two days per week, throughout the course of the fellowship.
  2. Part of the role (approximately two days per week) will entail active collaboration across existing scholars working in History, Theory and Criticism in the MADA Faculty, including HDR supervision.
  3. There will be some research management activities (approximately one day per week) including managing communications and knowledge-sharing between other scholars in cognate fields, organizing seminars and events and collaborative projects related to research in History, Theory and Criticism.

In relation to part 1 above, applicants are required to provide a brief (no more than four A4 pages) research proposal, setting out this program of independent research, its questions, aims, outcomes and key milestones, and specifying how the program of research aligns productively with the work of existing scholars in the history, theory and criticism of Architecture, and possibly also Design and Fine Art.

About you:

You will be committed to collaboration, and connecting people, ideas, concepts and shared research focus.

You will be a research leader, developing grant application activities and building collaboration opportunities for Architecture at Monash.

You will be a willing and enthusiastic collaborator, able to connect and draw together researchers in aligned but distinct areas of history, theory, and criticism.

You will be highly productive, motivated and self-directed, with a strong and established track record of research outputs.

You will have a research doctorate or equivalent higher degree in architecture or a related field, with specific expertise in a particular area, appropriate to your proposed program of research.

This role is a full-time position; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

The application

Your application should include a cover letter, and a statement addressing the selection criteria. It should also include the research proposal specified above. Please refer to "How to apply for Monash jobs"


Professor Naomi Stead, Head of Department,  +61 3 990 34977 or via email,

Position Description

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Closing Date

February 16, 2018, 11.55pm AEDT