Blundstone PhD Scholarship
Job No.: 591659
Employment type: Full-time
Duration: 3 year fixed-term appointment
Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a Monash-funded Living Allowance and Tuition Fee Remission Scholarship, and Relocation Allowance (up to $1000 interstate). 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). In addition, the successful applicant will receive an industry-sponsored top-up scholarship of $10,000 per annum ($7,000 stipend and $3,000 research and travel expenses)
Monash Health Collab within the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture at Monash University invites applications for a fully funded, 3-year PhD scholarship for commencement in Semester 2, 2019. The scholarship provides a stipend of $27,872 per annum tax exempt for three years along with a $10,000 industry-funded top up scholarship sponsored by Blundstone.
Monash Health Collab brings together a large collective of researchers and practitioners to engage in integrated, interdisciplinary and transformational research on health and well-being projects. We seek applications from local candidates with a background in Industrial Design. The successful PhD applicant will work under the supervision of Professor Mark Armstrong and Dr Rowan Page as part of a collaborative project with iconic footwear manufacturer, Blundstone, whose head office is located in Tasmania.
This project seeks to build unique and leading knowledge around foot health and footwear for people working in extreme environments. The opportunity for the research is to translate research findings of work practices in extreme conditions into footwear solutions that afford new levels of comfort and safety. The project is at the intersection of protection, utility and functional performance into designing fit-for-purpose products.
The investigation has a broad scope that will enable a large amount of data and insights to be integrated and aggregated into a central knowledge point that can then drive further investigations into materials, ergonomics, production, to solve challenges.
The project will underpin a wide range of new product developments at Blundstone and build market opportunities for the brand positioning in the future. The intention is to uncover and leverage unique and valuable IP as part of the process.
The research will include:
- A detailed study of selected physical extreme environments. This will include on-site fieldwork, and review of archival material from a wide range of sources
- A detailed literature review of existing knowledge on the subject of footwear designed for both high and low temperature environments
- A research methodology that is bespoke and takes into account end-users, environments, systems thinking, materials and experiences of end users
- Detailed documentation and analysis of work practices and conditions
- Production of detailed drawings, models, test rigs, prototypes and associated testing and evaluation processes
This scholarship opportunity is open to domestic applicants only. Applicants should have an excellent academic track record, including a Masters’ degree or equivalent, and a practice track record with a background in industrial design, ergonomics and/or materials knowledge. Skills or experience in CAD modelling and data integration from fields such as podiatry or biomechanics would be highly desirable. Experience or interest in international, comparative work is ideal. Applicants will be considered provided that they meet Monash entry requirements for PhD admission, which include English-language skills. Scholarship holders must be enrolled as full-time and will share time both on campus at Monash and as a visitor to Blundstone in Tasmania.
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 in the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture at Monash are available here.
Successful applicants will be expected to enrol before 1 August 2019.
Candidates are welcome to make contact, to discuss their proposals and areas of interest before submitting their applications. Enquiries should be addressed to Professor Mark Armstrong at Mark.Armstrong@monash.edu.
Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)
EOIs shall comprise:
- The completed 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 a portfolio of practice-based research
Research proposal and CV guidelines can be viewed here.
To apply, please click here.
EOIs must be submitted using the online form. For questions and assistance about the application process please contact MADAemail@example.com.
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in May, over Skype if necessary. The interviews will be conducted in English. Interviewees may be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
Application closing date
Sunday 28 April 2019, 11:55 pm AEST
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