Professor, Architectural or Industrial Design

Swinburne University of Technology

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Full Time and ongoing position at our Hawthorn campus

About the Role 
For this role we are seeking leadership with strong industry networks; the incumbent will acquire competitive research funding, leveraging their expertise and connections in the field. While academic achievements are essential, this role will also require the practical knowhow for industry engagement and an exceptional ability to increase funding for the school. 

In addition, the Professor within the School of Design and Architecture will be focused on providing outstanding and energetic leadership in research, teaching and other professional activities. Working with other senior staff, the position will foster a culture of innovation and excellence and advance cross-disciplinary programs in Architectural or Industrial Design in the school and more broadly the university. In this role, the appointee will maintain and develop partnerships with a wide range of industries and public institutions. 

As a leader in your discipline, you will maintain a significant program of public and institutional engagement, working with other Swinburne researchers, to strengthen and amplify existing and acknowledged research strengths of the university, in accordance with its strategic plan. Through proactively seeking out opportunities, you will be expected to foster and participate in activities that build further on existing links with government, business, communities and professions in Australia and internationally. The appointee will be expected to maintain an internationally significant record of publications, and a nationally competitive record of research funding. In addition, the appointee will have teaching responsibilities, which will involve preparing and delivering classes and assessing students in the architecture or industrial design discipline both on campus and online. The position will also make a strong contribution to the mentoring of early career researchers and in attracting and supervising relevant higher degree research candidates. Importantly, the incumbent is expected to have a strong research track record with evidence of securing research funding in Industrial Design and/or Architecture related projects. 

The school delivers high quality personalised education and fosters a strong research culture that includes international collaborations, competitive grants, high-quality publications and impactful and industry engaged research.


About You  
To be suitable for this role you will need to have experience in the below key accountabilities: 
  • An outstanding reputation as a leader with an internationally recognised track record of research in the discipline area as evidenced by an extensive range of publications in top-tier journals and by measurable high impact outcomes.
  • Demonstration of a significant track record in attracting and managing external research income through competitive grants and/or industry collaboration. 
  • A track record of successful supervision of higher degree research candidates, particularly supervision to completion.
  • Demonstration of a significant track record in undergraduate and/or postgraduate course leadership. 
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake teaching, associated administrative duties, management and curriculum development at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

  • An earned doctoral qualification in the relevant discipline or a related field
  • A teaching qualification
  • Membership of an appropriate professional body

To Apply
Please submit your CV and cover letter addressing your suitability for this position. 

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Applications Close: Sunday December 3rd at 11PM

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Equity and Diversity
Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through key initiatives.  For further information on all our initiatives visit our Equity & Diversity website.

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

For any support please contact or for more information on our Indigenous strategies please follow the link to our RAP Reconciliation Action Plan.

Victoria’s Commitment to Action: Improving international student employment outcomes 
As a signatory to Victoria’s Commitment to Action, Swinburne seeks to remove barriers to international graduate employment. We welcome and encourage applications from international graduates.  

We are a 2023 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant.

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