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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Architecture

Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning ARC Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing Reference no. 669/0416 • Join a major Australian Research Council funded program on industrial transformation • Develop your career alongside internationally renowned academics and work directly with industry • Full-time, four year fixed term appointment, remuneration package: $100K p.a. (which […]

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Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning
ARC Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing
Reference no. 669/0416

• Join a major Australian Research Council funded program on industrial transformation
• Develop your career alongside internationally renowned academics and work directly with industry
• Full-time, four year fixed term appointment, remuneration package: $100K p.a. (which includes salary, leave loading and up to 17% superannuation)

The University of Sydney is Australia’s first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. It employs over 7600 permanent staff, supporting over 60,000 students.

The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, together with the University of Melbourne, Curtin University, Monash University, and several industry partners, has been awarded one of five prestigious research training grants within the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Program. On May 20, the ARC awarded a total of $4M over four years to the ARC Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing (CAMPH).

The focus on prefabricated and modular housing reflects the growing global interest in the transformation of the construction industry towards a more industrialised, smart and sustainable manufacturing industry. The Training Centre aims to unlock the potential growth of Australia’s prefabricated building industry by creating a sustainable training ecosystem between industry and universities. The Centre will enable the next generation of engineers and architects to apply advanced manufacturing principles to prefabricated modular buildings. To promote these ends, ARC have proposed researchers will be embedded in industry for one third of their candidacy. This emerging and highly trained workforce will be driven by the needs of the customer, identifying innovations in the use of advanced materials, design for manufacturing, and assembly. The Centre aims to secure the Australian industry’s competitive advantage in the global value chain leading to local employment growth and increased exports of prefabricated products and services.

As part of the IC15 project, the University of Sydney together with local prefabricated housing manufacturer Modulum Homes, is seeking a highly motivated and qualified candidate for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Architecture. The successful candidate will work within the Innovation in Applied Design Lab, and be supervised by Associate Professor Mathew Aitchison.

We are seeking an appropriately qualified postdoctoral candidate who has the capability to undertake a wide spectrum of research and development associated with the prefabricated construction industry. As the successful candidate, you will work directly with Modulum Homes and the wider research group, and will require a broad range of skill sets and experience across a number of categories.

To be successful in this role you will need:

• a PhD in architecture, or a closely related field
• experience in working with industry on research projects
• experience in project management of collaborative R&D initiatives
• demonstrated knowledge of prefab, modular and offsite building methodologies more generally
• a proven capacity in two or more of the following areas:
• residential design, development and documentation
• material technology in metal, polymer or tensile structures
• manufacturing processes
• experience with digital and automated fabrication technologies and techniques
• construction and construction management experience
• an understanding of biomimetic sustainable design theory and practice (cradle to cradle)
• graphic presentations skills
• CAD and BIM experience
• building technology, materials and environmentally sustainable design
• experience and knowledge of the Building Code of Australia and with Australian building certification processes.

There are also desirable criteria for appointment.

Remuneration package: Academic Level A: $100,897 p.a. (which includes a base salary of $85,259 p.a., leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation).

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit http://sydney.edu.au/recruitment/ and search by the reference number for more information and to apply.

CLOSING DATE: 11:30pm 5 May 2016 (Sydney time)

The University is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups, including women and people with disabilities are encouraged. As the University of Sydney has established a scheme to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff employed across the institution, applications from people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are also encouraged.

© The University of Sydney

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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