Free open Job in Australasia Research Fellow – Interdisciplinarity and Sustainable Development (under RISE) – Monash University, Australia

Duration: Three year fixed-term appointment
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  • Drive your own learning at one of the world’s top 80 universities
  • Take your career in exciting, rewarding directions

Everyone needs a platform to launch a satisfying career. At Monash, we give you the space and support to take your career in all kinds of exciting new directions. You’ll have access to quality research, infrastructure and learning facilities, opportunities to collaborate internationally, as well as the grants you’ll need to publish your work. We’re a university full of energetic and enthusiastic minds, driven to challenge what’s expected, expand what we know, and learn from other inspiring, empowering thinkers.

The Opportunity
The Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) is seeking to appoint a dynamic social-science post-doctoral researcher to develop research and produce research outputs within a new research area of planetary health under the Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) program.

The RISE program aims to demonstrate a new approach to water and sanitation management in urban informal settlements. RISE is implemented in Suva, Fiji and Makassar, Indonesia. RISE is an action-research program utilising a randomised control trial (RCT) methodology involving 24 informal settlements (12 in each country). The RISE theory of change is that the water sensitive cities (WSC) approach can interrupt the faecal-oral transmission route, resulting in an improvement in human gastrointestinal health, especially for children under five years of age.

The RISE program is a global leader in the way it operationalises interdisciplinary research. RISE includes more than ten disciplines and spheres of work, including architecture, urban planning, medicine, biology, ecology, sociology, economics, statistics, engineering, landscape architecture, and public policy. These are linked through the lens of planetary health: “achievement of the highest attainable standard of health, wellbeing, and equity worldwide through judicious attention to the human systems – political, economic, and social – that shape the future of humanity and the Earth’s natural systems that define the safe environmental limits within which humanity can flourish” (The Lancet).

The program is being led by Monash University in partnership with the and the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, Stanford University, Emory University, The University of Melbourne, the University of Cambridge, Fiji National University, Hasanuddin University, The University of the South Pacific, the United Nations University, Melbourne Water, South East Water, Oxfam, WaterAid, and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

MSDI is interested in submissions from energetic researchers to generate new knowledge and research outputs under RISE. The focus of work is on operationalising interdisciplinary RISE research and practice across the HASS (Humanities, Arts and Social Science) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine/Mathematics) interface.

You will have a PhD, an established reputation for research excellence in your respective field, significant knowledge of qualitative and/or quantitative research methods, networks in sustainable development and a track record of interdisciplinary research collaboration and scientific publication.

This role forms part of the core RISE team within MSDI and will play a leading role in collecting evidence, data, and lessons learned, on the RISE program in consultation with the Program Manager and Program Director. This role also liaises with the Program Executive, research teams, governments, businesses and communities in Indonesia, Fiji and Australia, and works closely with Monash faculties to deliver research outputs in accordance with agreed timeframes.

If you believe you have a suitable background to undertake this role, we welcome your application.

This role is a full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

Your application must address the selection criteria. Please refer to “How to apply for Monash jobs”

Dr Matthew French, Program Manager RISE, MSDI,
Professor Rebekah Brown, RISE Program Director,

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Closing Date Sunday 12 November 2017, 11.55pm AEDT