Australian Research Council (ARC) funded PhD on work-related wellbeing amongst architects and architecture students

Updated: 13 days ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Deadline: 07 Oct 2020

Australian Research Council (ARC) funded PhD on work-related wellbeing amongst architects and architecture students

Job no.: 611230

Location: Caulfield campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 3-year fixed-term appointment 

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a tax-free living allowance of $29,000 per annum for 3 years with additional research and conference travel support.

The Opportunity

Applications are invited from appropriately qualified individuals for an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded PhD scholarship at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. The PhD will be part of a large, high-profile, industry-linked project entitled ‘Architectural Work Cultures: Professional identity, education and wellbeing.’ More information can be found here.

This high-profile project has a number of industry partners, including the Australian Institute of Architects, the Association of Consulting Architects Australia, the NSW Architects Registration Board, The Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, and six architecture practices (in alphabetic order): BVN Architecture, DesignInc, Elenberg Fraser, The Fulcrum Agency, Hassell, and SJB Architects. In collaboration with cross-disciplinary researchers from the Department of Architecture and the Department of Management at Monash University, the project also has Dr Kirsten Orr, the Registrar of the NSW Architects Registration Board, as a Partner Investigator. The project is also a collaboration with Justine Clark and Parlour, a research-based advocacy organization working towards greater gender equity in the Architecture profession.

The project aims to examine the work and study cultures of architecture in Australia, in relation to professional identity, and in terms of impact on work-related mental wellbeing. It takes a whole-of-career perspective, looking to encompass the entire architectural career from education to retirement. It spans architectural practices of all sizes, and looks to include people from practices of varying sizes - micro, small, medium, and large. It will employ a broad definition of architectural culture, engaging with people with an architectural training who have pursued alternative modes of practice and career, or moved into allied fields.

The project will generate the first comprehensive account of work-related wellbeing issues for both architectural practitioners and architecture students, via qualitative and quantitative methods. Ultimately, the project aims at cultural change in architectural education and the profession, towards greater wellbeing for all, and it will stage events and produce resources to support this.

The successful candidate will be embedded and supported within the larger project, with expert cross-disciplinary supervision, and a vigorous engagement with the Architecture profession, at a national scale. There will be considerable opportunity for building knowledge, contributing to architectural culture, and advocating towards greater wellbeing in the profession and its education.

The successful candidate will work in collaboration with the Chief Investigators, and the Industry partners, and be involved in quantitative research (industry surveys) plus qualitative research including interviews and focus groups, talking with cohorts of architectural students and practitioners at varying career stages and in different practice types, and assessing how their subjective mental wellbeing is related to their work and professional identity.

Candidate Requirements

This scholarship opportunity is open to domestic applicants only – this includes Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.

The opportunity will suit a candidate with demonstrated research experience and talent, who is interested in mental wellbeing, professional identity, education, and architectural practice. 

The successful candidate will have relevant education or practice experience in one or more of the following fields: architecture (or related design or construction-industry fields), psychology, organisational theory, human resources management, and/or mental health broadly conceived.

A knowledge of architectural culture will be an advantage. Skills or experience in one or more of the following: interviewing, qualitative analysis, questionnaire design/statistical analysis, or research-based advocacy will be viewed favourably.

Applicants must fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in MADA are available at here.

Candidates will be required to meet Monash entry requirements, which include English-language skills, where applicable. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full-time and on campus. The Monash PhD includes a coursework and/or Professional Development component.

Successful applicants will be expected to enrol in the first quarter of 2021.

Demonstration of research ability through publications in high impact journals is desirable.


Enquiries concerning this opportunity should be directed to Associate Professor Maryam Gusheh ( or Professor Naomi Stead (

Submit an Expression of Interest (EoI)

EOIs shall comprise:

  • The completed HDR Expression of Interest Form
  • Evidence of academic qualifications
  • Evidence of English-language proficiency, where applicable
  • A curriculum vitae, including relevant research experience and list of any published works
  • A sole-authored academic writing sample
  • Evidence of relevant practice experience (folio) if applicable
  • A statement (no more than two A4 pages) addressing:
    • why you are interested in this research project
    • your research experience, ability, and skills and how they are relevant to this project
    • any specific skills in data management, quantitative analysis, and analysis programmes, if applicable
    • how your academic or practice experience and qualifications are relevant for the project
    • what you can bring to the project

EOIs must be sent via the online EOI Form

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, over Skype/Zoom.

Closing date for the receipt of EOI’s:

Wednesday 7 October 2020, 11:55 pm AEST


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