Research Fellow in Building Connections (Schools As Community Hubs)

University of Melbourne



Work Type: Fixed Term

Location: Parkville

Division/Faculty: Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

Salary: $102,967 - $122,268 (Level B)

Role & Superannuation Rate: Academic - Part time - 9.5% super

The Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs project (Building Connections) is a three-year research project funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant scheme (LP170101050) together with four Partner Organisations. The project will investigate how best to plan, design, govern and use/manage facilities to enable schools to operate successfully as ‘more than a school’, and encourage the development of thriving, resilient and connected communities.

The project requires a Research Fellow with experience in qualitative and quantitative methodologies to take a leading role coordinating research activities and disseminating high quality project findings/outputs. This will include working with Chief Investigators and Partners to coordinate the development of detailed project design (based on pre-established methodologies and methods), ethics applications, data collection, data management and data analysis; conducting literature searches and co-drafting reviews; assisting in the organisation and running of seminars, workshops and conferences; liaison between project committees, research partners and participants; and co-drafting and editing a range of publications based on research findings (such as for project reports, peer-reviewed journals, books, mass-media outlets and the project website). The position will assist in the management of casual part-time researchers and up to four project PhD candidates.

The position is based at the Melbourne School of Design/Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning ( and is linked to the research program of the Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN) – a network of academia, practitioners, industry and government agencies in Australia and overseas exploring the relationships between teaching and learning and the built environment. As a research network, LEaRN operates in collaboration with partners across a range of sectors including education, architecture, design, furniture, ICT, government and private school systems. The network aims to provide an intellectual space to focus on the relationships between pedagogy and space across all educational environments, from early years’ settings through to tertiary environments and the workplace. Building Connections is LEaRN’s fifth consecutive ARC Linkage project since 2007. With several other significant past and current projects, LEaRN is one of the pre-eminent centres of learning environments research internationally. For more information about LEaRN see

The position will report to the Building Connections Lead Chief Investigator, Dr Benjamin Cleveland, and will be expected to work collaboratively with other Chief Investigators (including researchers at RMIT University), the Project Coordinator, other researchers (including PhD candidates) and Partner Organisations towards successful research outcomes.

Applicants with backgrounds in urban planning, architecture, evaluation (education/health), geographic information systems, and policy (urban planning and/or education and/or health) are invited to apply for this position.

The University of Melbourne is a child safe organisation. You may be required to hold a valid Working with Children Check as a condition of employment in this role.

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