2018 Monash PhD Position in Human Geography - Data Viz

Updated: 6 months ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Deadline: 05 Oct 2018

2018 Monash PhD Position in Human Geography - Data Viz

Job no: 581551

Faculty/Portfolio: Faculty of Arts, Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Program

Location: Clayton campus, Monash University 

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 3 year fixed-term appointment

Supervisor: A/Professor Alan Gamlen, School of Social Sciences

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a Faculty of Arts Research Living Allowance. Current value: $27,353 p.a. 2018 full-time rate (tax-free stipend); (indexed plus allowances as per RTP/MGE stipend conditions: http://www.monash.edu/graduate-research/future-students/support/scholarship-conditions-of-award ) 

The Opportunity 

A PhD position is being offered in the Human Geography doctoral program at Monash University, in conjunction with the School of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Arts, to carry out research on Geo-visualising Urban Diversity. Over the course of a three-year doctoral project, the research will involve defining new measures of social diversity in selected cities, collating corresponding statistical data, and analysing this data using geospatial analysis and data visualisation techniques. There is wide scope for an outstanding candidate to carve out their own project and develop a new field of interdisciplinary study, cooperating closely with world-leading experts in several fields, and accessing cutting edge resources.

The successful candidate will be based in Human Geography under the primary supervision of Associate Professor Gamlen, and will have access to interdisciplinary research support on international migration, through the growing network of migration and population studies research initiatives across Monash, with extensive links to policy, practitioner and industry groups in Australia and beyond. In addition, the candidate will receive co-supervision, methodological instruction, technical support and access to infrastructure from the Monash Immersive Visualisation Platform, which operates a number of Monash University's advanced, immersive and-large scale visualisation facilities, ranging from the ultra-scale CAVE2, to personal head-mounted virtual reality (VR) devices. The candidate will also benefit from access to leading thinkers on issues of urban diversity, for example through support from Prof. Steven Vertovec, Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, a world-leading, multi-disciplinary Centre for comparative research on complex dynamics of difference based in Göttingen, Germany.

Please note applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.

Candidate Requirements

The successful applicant will be able to provide:

  • An excellent academic or practical track record in Quantitative Human Geography, Demography, Geospatial Analysis, or Data Science
  • Evidence of skills and/or experience in Infographic Design, Web Design, or a related field of expertise
  • Evidence of academic or practical experience concerning human migration and/or socio-cultural diversity.

Applicants will be considered provided that they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in the Faculty of Arts are available at https://arts.monash.edu/graduate-research/application-process/

Candidates will be required to meet Monash University admission requirements which include English language proficiency skills. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full time and on campus.

Successful applicants will be expected to enrol by 1 March 2019. There may be some flexibility as to the date of commencement.

How to Apply

EOIs shall comprise:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant’s suitability
  • A research proposal not exceeding 3 pages in length
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works, conference presentations and relevant work experience
  • A full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation
  • Contact details of two academic referees
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (international applicants only)

It is expected that applicants have submitted an Initial Enquiry to A/Professor Alan Gamlen prior to submission of the EOI.

EOIs shall be sent, preferably in the form of a single attachment, to Ms Merci Ikeda, Graduate Research Admissions Officer, Faculty of Arts, at the following e-mail address: Merci.Ikeda@monash.edu .

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


Initial Enquiries concerning intended topics for research and other academic matters should be directed in the first instance to Associate Professor Alan Gamlen, School of Social Sciences by email: alan.gamlen@monash.edu . Enquiries will only be addressed if they include a coherent draft of the EOI:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A draft of the research proposal (max. 3 pages, preferably shorter at Enquiry stage)
  • An estimated GPA (full grade statements are not needed at Enquiry Stage)
  • The names of potential referees (indicative names only at Enquiry stage)
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (international applicants only).

Closing date

Friday 5 October 2018, 11:55 pm AEST


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