University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne

Research Fellow (Cultural Landscape Design)



Research Fellow (Cultural Landscape Design)

Job no: 0062570 Location: Parkville Role type: Part-time (0.2 FTE); Fixed-term for 24 months Faculty: Architecture, Building and Planning Salary: Level A– $83,468 to $113,262 p.a. plus 17% super

About the Role

The Tati Tati Cultural Mapping Research project aims to document and enhance understanding of the relationship between water and Indigenous wellbeing to empower Traditional Owners and influence policy change. The Research Fellow will collaborate with Chief Investigators, Traditional Owners, and the Centre of Excellence Places Program to co-design and implement culturally appropriate research methods. They will focus on embedding Indigenous values in the research design, developing visualization approaches, engaging participants, and ensuring Indigenous data governance following CARE and FAIR principles, working part-time (0.2 FTE) to advance the project's objectives.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Work with the Senior Research Fellow and the Enterprise Principal Fellow in Cultural Economies and Sustainability on research development, design and implementation, data collection, analysis and presentation of findings and outcomes. This will involve embedding Indigenous knowledge and priorities in all of the aforementioned aspects of the research
  • Undertaking community engagement, including yarning with relevant stakeholder/community members on the goals, processes, and outcomes of the research, and working with community members to ensure that the research design is appropriate and relevant
  • Working with the Senior Research Fellow and team to manage the projects. This may include project planning, costing and execution, setting milestones, undertaking fieldwork, and project evaluation, as well as monitoring and reporting on the progress of the projects, recognising barriers and risks, and presenting effective solutions where necessary
  • Who We Are Looking For

    You will have a demonstrated interest in or experience with participatory research, including fieldwork and participant interviews, and the ability to conduct self-directed research on themes related to Indigenous wellbeing and environmental change. Excellent communication, community consultation, and interpersonal skills, along with strong organisational and administrative abilities, are essential. You should also be committed to Indigenous empowerment, diversity, and inclusivity, and be able to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.

    You will also have:

  • A postgraduate degree or equivalent experience in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrated experience working with Indigenous communities in accordance with Indigenous data governance principles and culturally-sensitive community engagement.
  • Demonstrated experience working in culturally-sensitive, complex co-design scenarios with a focus on built environments and/or natural resource management.
  • For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

    This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate doesn't have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

    Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

    Your New Team – Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

    The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning is the leading educational and research institution in the Asia-Pacific region addressing the design and realisation of environments. It actively seeks to extend the linkages between education, research and practice in the built environment, and maintains excellent and extensive relationships with members of the built environment professions, government, professional associations and the wider community.

    The Faculty has over 200 staff and 3000 students, one third of whom are international. It is responsible for the undergraduate Bachelor of Design degree, and offers majors in architecture, landscape architecture, property, construction, and urban planning.

    The Faculty's graduate school, the Melbourne School of Design (MSD), teaches accredited masters courses across the professional disciplines of Architecture, Construction Management, Landscape Architecture, Property, Urban Design and Urban Planning.

    What We Offer You! In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

    About the University of Melbourne We're tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

    Be Yourself The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

    We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact the employee listed on the first page of the Position Description found below, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

    For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -https: //

    Join Us! If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • Please note that you are not required to respond to the selection criteria in the Position Description.

    If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Fahim Farzad via email at [email protected], ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

    If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

    Advertised: 15 May 2024 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Standard Time

    Applications close: 29 May 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

    Job details


    Research Fellow (Cultural Landscape Design)


    University of Melbourne




    May 15, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 29, 2024

    Job type



    Architecture and Design,Arts and Culture,Education,Social Science

    About the employer

    When the University of Melbourne was established in 1853, it was a mere cluster of buildings in a large park on the fringe of the city, with four professors and 16 students. The university now sits at the heart of a thriving international city and is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world and number one in Australia. 

    Over 8,000 academic and professional staff support a vibrant student body of around 65,000, including 30,000 international students from over 130 countries around the world. Four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general have graduated from the University of Melbourne, located in the city dubbed Australia’s “cultural capital”. 

    Indeed, Melbourne is a seven times winner of the Economist’s World’s Most Livable City award, and is a UNESCO City of Literature, as well as the birthplace of Australian rules football and a major center for street art, music, and theatre. 

    Melbourne is known for offering students an experience that’s a lot more than just structured learning. The main Parkville campus is close to transport, cafes, shopping, arts and sports venues and accommodation. 

    Students will find a blistering array of cultural activities on campus here, be it theatre, comedy, film or public lectures, and it’s easy to find people with matching interests by joining one of over 200 affiliated clubs and societies, ranging from Chess Club to Women in Science and Engineering, to the Chocolate Lovers’ Society. Sports enthusiasts are well catered for too, with a 25-metre six-lane heated indoor pool, an athletics track and sports field, and a large strength and fitness gym. 

    The university has 10 residential colleges where most students live, which provide a quick way to build an academic and social network. Each college provides sporting and cultural programs to enrich the academic experience, which is at the center of university life. 

    Degrees at the University of Melbourne stand out for being modelled on those from top institutions overseas. Students spend a year exploring a range of subject areas before choosing a major. They also study subjects outside as well as inside their chosen discipline, giving Melbourne students a breadth of knowledge that sets them apart.

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