Free open Job in Australasia XYX Lab at Monash University, Australia

Location: Caulfield campus

Lead Supervisor: Dr Nicole Kalms, Department of Design

Second supervisor: Prof. Naomi Stead, Department of Architecture

Research Lab: XYX Lab (Monash Space Gender Communication Lab) (

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a MADA Research Living Allowance and Tuition Fee Remission Scholarship, up to $1,500 Relocation Allowance and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Single policy. Living Allowance current value: $27,082 p.a. 2018 full-time rate (tax-free stipend); (annually indexed plus allowances as per RTP/MGRO stipend conditions:

The Opportunity

The XYX Lab within the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture (MADA) at Monash University invites applications for a fully funded, 3-year PhD scholarship for commencement in Semester 1, 2019. The scholarship provides a stipend of $27,082 per annum tax exempt for three years along with additional travel support.

The MADA XYX Lab produces knowledge about how space and design shape the causes, consequences, and approaches to understanding, controlling, and preventing gender inequity in Australia.

We seek applications from international candidates with a background in design research or related discipline. The PhD will work under the supervision of Dr Nicole Kalms and Professor Naomi Stead as part of a larger project around challenges to the safety of women in public transport places. Within the context of global urbanisation and shifting gender roles, proactive design strategies for an inclusive future of public transport become increasingly important. This project examines public transport space (via case study analysis) through the experiences of women with the aim to reduce risk and fear. This will be achieved through a proactive approach that shifts the responsibility of safety away from victims, towards prevention of sexual violence through strategic spatial design.

Candidate Requirements

This scholarship opportunity is open to international applicants only.

The successful applicant will have an excellent academic track record in a design or related discipline, and will be comfortable conducting qualitative case study research. Skills or experience in gender equity related work would be viewed favourably.

Applicants will be considered provided that they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in MADA are available at,-design-and-architecture-1322.

Candidates will be required to meet Monash entry requirements, which include English-language skills. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full-time and on campus.

Successful applicants will be expected to enrol by 27 February, 2019.


Enquiries concerning this opportunity should be directed to Dr Nicole Kalms, Department of Design Monash University, +61 3 9903 4243 or

Submit an Expression of Interest

EOIs shall comprise:

  • The completed HDR Expression of Interest Form.
  • Evidence of academic qualifications.
  • Evidence of English-language proficiency.
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works.
  • Academic writing sample.
  • Portfolio.

Research proposal and CV guidelines can be found at:

EOIs must be sent in the form of a single attachment to an e-mail, to

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, over Skype if necessary. The interviews will be conducted in English.

Closing date for receipt of EOI’s:

Monday, 17 September 2018, 11:55 pm AEST.