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Monash Innovation Fellow - Department of Architecture

Job No.: 599457

Location: Caulfield campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 12-month Fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: $97,203 - $115,429 pa Level B (plus 9.5% Employer Superannuation)

  • Be inspired, every day
  • Drive your own learning at one of the world’s top 80 universities
  • Take your career in exciting, rewarding directions

Everyone needs a platform to launch a satisfying career. At Monash, we give you 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 internationally-recognised dynamism of the city of Melbourne is built upon its vibrant cultures of art, design, and architecture. This can be seen in the city’s array of significant collecting and exhibiting institutions, its lively calendar of cultural events, and the richness and diversity of its creative practitioners. In this environment, the Monash Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) is an open and connected community of strategic and creative thinkers, practitioners and students who advocate the critical role of creative practice for quality of life. We seek to dissolve the boundaries between disciplines to create a new space for envisaging the possibilities of an ethical, sustainable, inclusive future for all.

Monash University Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

The Department of Architecture at MADA is an internationally networked, creative community of practitioners, educators and researchers engaged with the shifting landscapes of the discipline, and the changing role of the architect as a designer, researcher, and advocate: as both persuasive collaborator and visionary mediator. In its first eleven years, the department has achieved an enviable reputation for the high quality of its professional degree program and a clear path of design-based research. As a young program, Architecture at MADA has sought to progressively reformulate architectural education to address the challenges of a rapidly changing world, most urgently in the context of the current climate change emergency.

The Innovation Fellow role

We seek innovative practitioners and academics from around the world to collaborate with us in our teaching and research programs. Our interest in innovation is not a pursuit of uniqueness, novelty or avant-garde status, but sees innovation as a foundation for advocating alternatives and cultivating imagination, to provide visions, strategies, techniques, and approaches to address our evolving built environments. For this reason, we periodically advertise the role of Innovation Fellow, the thematic focus of which changes with each call.  

Strategic Priorities for the role in 2020

In 2020, we are particularly interested in projects centrally motivated by environmental sustainability in architecture and the built environment. Given this, we are particularly interested in studies of digital design and fabrication, and advanced approaches to architectural structure and construction with an awareness of their implications for both the production and occupation of the built environment.

We are also specifically interested in projects which utilise our state-of-the art studio and workshop facilities. The Faculty has a remarkably well-equipped suite of spaces that enable a full range of techniques from traditional to high-tech – from bronze and glass casting, to printmaking, to digital fabrication and architectural robotics. Teaching and research projects which propose applied, interdisciplinary use of the workshops, will be well-regarded. More information on the workshops can be found at

Nature and benefits of the role

The one-year fellowship involves the pursuit of a clearly articulated research project in combination with research-led teaching. Fellows will be expected to run a design studio each semester and at least one advanced architectural elective (‘studies unit’).

Candidates must have at least a Master of Architecture degree or equivalent.

The fellowship is available to begin in July 2020 and includes:

  • salary within the range of $97,203 - $115,429 plus 9.5% employer superannuation
  • AU$3,000 research allowance
  • return economy airfare to Melbourne
  • two weeks of transit accommodation and assistance finding ongoing accommodation.

Residency and citizenship conditions

Candidates are expected to be in residence in Melbourne during the fellowship. If you are not already eligible to work in Australia, you will need to obtain and maintain a valid visa from the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) allowing you to work at Monash University in Australia 

For further reference see the architecture project page and the call for studio proposals

Application timeline

Applications are due by January 20, 2020, and should be compiled into a single PDF (maximum 15MB) including:   

  1. Proposed project agenda including teaching and research components and anticipated outcome(s) (1000 words)
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. Samples of professional, scholarly, or creative work
  4. 1-2 samples of relevant syllabi
  5. Contact information for three referees

Short-listed applicants will be invited to a skype/phone interview in early to mid February 2020.

Please address queries to either:

Professor Naomi Stead, Head of the Department of Architecture,, or

A/Professor Ari Seligmann, Deputy Head of Architecture,

Position Description

Monash Innovation Fellow (Lecturer)

Closing Date

Monday 20 January 2020, 11:55 pm AEDT


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