The University of Sydney


  • Full time, 3 years fixed term
  • Opportunity to support and contribute to the broad architectural design research agenda of the Rothwell Chairs, renowned Japanese architects Atelier Bow Wow, exploring urban-rural connections
  • Base Salary $105,350 – $112,462 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join its dynamic team. This appointment is funded by a gift as the Garry and Susan Rothwell Chair in Architectural Design Leadership with a purpose to develop, through innovation in architecture and urbanism, the capacity of architectural design to improve people\’s quality of life.

This position will support and contribute to the broad architectural design research agenda of the Rothwell Co-Chairs, Atelier Bow Wow (2024–2026). Specifically, the position will explore ways in which architectural practice and research can support new forms of urban-rural connections, and how communities can thrive while nurturing their natural environments. The position will work under the direction of an academic member of staff at the School of Architecture, Design and Planning.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • undertake research or scholarly activity contributing to the Atelier Bow Wow research agenda under the broad guidance of the Rothwell Co-Chairs and senior research staff in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning
  • take an active role in collaboratively developing and shaping the Co-Chairs’ research program
  • contribute to the production of a program of independent and collaborative published works and a program of public engagement shaped by the Co-Chairs’ research and teaching agenda
  • assist in the coordination and management of Rothwell Program activities, which may include developing, curating and publishing a major international symposium and exhibition; hosting international academic and professional visitors; conducting workshops, interviews, focus groups, research seminars; contributing to the supervision and support of research students; coursework teaching associated with the Rothwell program
  • travel to Atelier Bow Wow’s home studio annually to advance collaborative research, project funding provided
  • actively participate in broader research dissemination and engagement (e.g. seminars, conferences, publishing) to advance and promote the research program of the Rothwell Chair
  • maintain communications with the working group and other relevant stakeholders, inform of research progress and prepare academic papers, project briefs, progress reports, and media outputs.

About you

  • A PhD degree in architecture, urban design, urban planning or a cognate discipline, completed in the past 5 years
  • A track record of conducting independent research resulting in individual or collaborative publications of high quality in modes appropriate to the field of research (which may include traditional academic publications as well as works oriented to a broader public)
  • Teaching architectural design in a studio mode
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organisational and project management skills
  • Ability to build relationships within and beyond the University
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively within and outside the University in a team to meet agreed deadlines and achieve project goals
  • Experience in preparing and editing reports and/or publications, and experience in collaborative authorship.
  • Demonstrated understanding of WHS responsibilities and actively ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of yourself and others at work in accordance with your delegated authority, as described in the University’s WHS Policy and Procedures and role responsibilities
  • Understand the incorporation into University life of the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action; and ability to work positively with staff and students from a diverse range of backgrounds.


  • Experience in curating and coordinating exhibitions, academic and/or public events
  • Experience with supervision of research students
  • Ability to communicate in Japanese.

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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this position if required.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community that reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoplewomen, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

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