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PhD Scholarship Opportunity - Emerging Technologies Lab

Job No.: 590378

Caulfield campus, Monash University

Employment Type: Full-time

3 year fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a Faculty-funded Living
Allowance and Tuition Fee Remission Scholarship, Relocation Allowance (up to $1000
interstate and $1,500 overseas) and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Single policy
(overseas applicants only). Living Allowance current value: $27,872 p.a. 2019 full-time rate
(tax-free stipend); (annually indexed plus allowances as per RTP/MGRO stipend conditions:

The Opportunity

The Emerging Technologies Lab within the Faculties of Art Design and Architecture (MADA) and Information Technology at Monash University invites applications for two or more fully funded, 3-year PhD scholarships for commencement in 2019. The scholarship provides a stipend of $27,872 per annum tax exempt for three years along with additional travel support.

The Emerging Technologies Research Lab, directed by Professor Sarah Pink, undertakes critical interdisciplinary and international research into the social, cultural and experiential dimensions of the design, use and futures of new and emerging technologies. Sitting across the faculties of Information Technology and of Art, Design and Architecture (MADA), the Lab investigates an emerging technological environment where automation, artificial intelligence, data and the questions of ethics, responsibility and user experience and engagement that they bring with them are increasingly central. Internationally leading researchers in the Lab bring together high quality theoretical and ethnographic academic scholarship with engagement with external stakeholders, and advocate for the design of better, responsible and ethical futures. Their work advances new theory and ethnographic and futures methodologies drawing from design, anthropology, sociology and geography.

Applicants should have a background in anthropology, design or a cognate discipline, and be committed to undertaking research into the social, cultural and experiential elements of the design, use and futures of emerging technologies. PhD students will participate in the work of the Lab by undertaking their own projects, supervised by Professor Pink and an appropriate second supervisor. They will also have opportunities to collaborate in team projects and to connect with the Lab’s international research community.

As part of their proposal, applicants should outline how their research will contribute to the Lab’s agenda as outlined above. This should include an enthusiasm for theoretical research into human and technology futures as well as innovative design ethnographic methodologies, which might include design anthropology approaches, ethnographic documentary, creative practice techniques and more. While we are open to considering excellent proposals that address other emerging technologies, we are particularly interested in research proposals that investigate emerging technologies in the following areas:

  • Future Mobilities, for example: Autonomous Driving Vehicles (ADVs); Mobility as a Service (MAAS); other new mobilities technologies and autonomous mobile technologies
  • Energy Futures, for example: the implications of emerging technologies for future energy demand; emerging technologies and environmental sustainability.

Candidates are welcome to make contact, to discuss their proposals and areas of interest before submitting their applications. Enquiries should be addressed to Professor Sarah Pink

Candidate Requirements

This scholarship opportunity is open to domestic and international applicants.

Applicants should have an excellent academic track record, including a Masters’ degree or equivalent, in anthropology, design or a cognate discipline or interdisciplinary area. They will have training in and experience of conducting ethnographic research, and an interest in innovative ethnographic and other design futures approaches.

Applicants will be considered provided that they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD at Monash are available here for MADA,-design-and-architecture-1322 and here for Faculty of IT

Candidates will be required to meet Monash entry requirements, which include English-language skills. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full-time and on campus.

Successful applicants will be expected to enrol before 1st November 2019.


Enquiries concerning this opportunity should be directed to Professor Sarah Pink, Emerging Technologies Research Lab, Monash University,

Submit an Expression of Interest

EOIs shall comprise:

  • The completed MADA HDR Expression of Interest Form
  • A research proposal
  • Evidence of academic qualifications
  • Evidence of English-language proficiency
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works
  • Academic writing sample and if applicable a portfolio of practice-based research

Research proposal and CV guidelines can be found at:

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, over Skype if necessary. The interviews will be conducted in English.

Closing date for receipt of EOIs:

Friday 31 May 2019, 11:55 pm AEST


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