First listed on: 21 May 2020

Rothwell Chair Postdoctoral Research Associate 

  • Opportunity to support and contribute to the broad architectural design research agenda of the inaugural Rothwell Co-Chairs, renowned French architects Lacaton & Vassal, exploring complex urban redevelopment
  • Located on the Darlington Campus
  • Full-time fixed term for 3 years with a base salary of $94,629 p.a. - $101,018 p.a. (Level A,6+), plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

This appointment is funded by a gift as the Garry and Susan Rothwell Chair in Architectural Design Leadership with a purpose to develop, through innovation in architecture and urbanism, the capacity of architectural design to improve people's quality of life.

This position will support and contribute to the broad research agenda of the inaugural Rothwell Co-Chairs, Lacaton & Vassal Architectes (2020–2022). Specifically, the position will explore complex urban redevelopment projects, from architectural, urban design, or other perspectives, with an emphasis on the potential for socially and environmentally optimistic outcomes. The position will work under the direction of an academic member of staff at the School of Architecture, Design and Planning to be determined.

The position will undertake research or scholarly activity contributing to the Lacaton & Vassal research agenda, including production of a program of independent and collaborative published works and a program of public engagement incorporating an international symposium. There is opportunity has project funding to travel to Lacaton & Vassal’s home studio annually where possible to advance collaborative research.

The Associate will inform research progress and maintain communications with the working group and other relevant stakeholders, and prepare academic papers, project briefs, progress reports, and media outputs.

The successful applicant will have a PhD degree in architecture, urban design, urban planning or a cognate discipline, completed in the past 5 years, and a track record of conducting independent research resulting in individual or collaborative publications of high quality in modes appropriate to the field of research.

International applicants are encouraged to apply but are required to reside in Australia to take up the appointment. An employer visa sponsorship may be offered to the successful candidate.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a Rothwell Chair Postdoctoral Research Associate who possesses below essential criteria:

  • a PhD degree in architecture, urban design, urban planning or a cognate discipline, completed in the past 5 years
  • a track record of conducting independent research resulting in individual or collaborative publications of high quality in modes appropriate to the field of research (which may include traditional academic publications as well as works oriented to a broader public)
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • excellent organisational and project management skills
  • ability to build relationships within and beyond the University
  • demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively within and outside the University in a team to meet agreed deadlines and achieve project goals
  • experience in preparing and editing reports and/or publications, and experience in collaborative authorship.

and below desirable criteria:

  • experience in curating and coordinating academic and/or public events
  • experience with supervision of research students
  • ability to communicate in French.

About us

From the appointment of Leslie Wilkinson as Australia’s first Chair in Architecture in 1918, the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning has been an internationally acknowledged centre for intellectual, scientific and aesthetic enquiry in architecture and the built environment, which attracts the highest quality student applicants in Australia. In the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject, the school was ranked top 20 in the world for Architecture/Built Environment.

The school is focused on the built environment and uses the methods of architecture, design, planning, science, art, engineering, IT, and social sciences to analyse, understand and design innovative environments. We have one of Australia’s best university laboratory infrastructures for research and design in the built environment, including our Lighting Lab, Spatial Audio and Acoustics Lab, and the Indoor Environmental Quality Lab. We have a major and ongoing investment in the Design Modelling and Fabrication Lab, including architectural robotics. Our range of disciplines enables us to respond to the great and conflicting global challenges of our time – urbanisation and sustainability.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across 9 campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 47,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 627/0420F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Monday 29 June 2020

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.


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