newEnabling Technologies Impact PhD

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Job Description

Swinburne University of Technology is launching a new initiative focusing on the co-creation, development and delivery of enabling technologies for people who live with disability. We will be bringing together Swinburne’s deep capabilities in co-design, user experience, technology, engineering and innovation to chart a new route for the creation of products and services that meet the needs of people and enable them to live their lives and achieve their goals. 6 Impact PhD scholarships are available for students to undertake PhDs as part of this Australian-first partnership between industry, end users’ clinicians and researchers.

The Impact PhD model has students forming a multidisciplinary cohort and undertaking their research studies working closely with partners. Students will have individual projects, but the group will collaborate to share knowledge, experience and contribute to solutions. A tailored training program focused on collaboration, innovation and research translation has been developed for this cohort.

The successful applicants will have an Honours or Masters degree or a combination of study and research experience. Research experience in the workplace will be viewed favorably. We are seeking people who wish to work at the interface between technology, society, businesses and applications and have the drive to undertake solution focused research as part of a broader team. Successful applicants will work on projects related to the following themes:

  • Co-creation of technology-based solutions with and for people with disability
  • Digital Manufacturing (Industry 4.0) for MedTech and Pharma sector
  • The social, environmental, economic, regulatory and safety needs of enabling technologies
  • The design and development of mass manufactured products for individual needs
  • Volume capture tools personalizing products
  • Skills and education to support the delivery of enabling technologies

About Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5,000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

About Research & Development at Swinburne
Help drive real change with our Research and Development function. Swinburne University of Technology has an ambitious goal of growth in research performance and impact, as set out in our 2025 Strategic Plan – to become an internationally renowned institute in digital research, a digital disruptor and an accelerator of innovation.

About you
  • A Bachelor degree with 1st or 2nd class Honours and/or a Master’s degree in any field related to one or more of the themes or a Bachelor degree with relevant work experience
  • The ideal candidates are expected to be enthusiastic, self-motivated with a demonstrable aptitude for research and development
  • Research and/ or work experience relevant to one of the themes
  • Good team-working, observational and communication skills
  • A valid working with children’s check card (or ability to obtain prior to or upon commencement).

Key Responsibilities
  • Undertake a detailed review of the literature in the field and develop an understanding of the existing literature and opportunities for new research activities
  • Develop a research plan in collaboration with the supervisory team
  • Experimental work and/or data collection
  • Work independently to undertake research activities
  • Prepare written and oral research reports throughout the program to explain your research activities and outcomes
  • Prepare and submit publications from your research activities to peer reviewed journals and conferences
  • Prepare and submit milestone reports and thesis to meet the requirements of the University’s HDR Training Policy
  • Work within a wider multidisciplinary research team that will include end users and carers, industry and clinical partners and researchers and collaborators from across the University.
  • Be prepared to participate in group development and research activities and contribute to other projects within the team where it is deemed appropriate by the supervisor.

A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.

To find out more about the extensive range of benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit Careers at Swinburne.

How to apply and further information
To view the position description or to start an application please click on 'apply' or ‘begin’ and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description.

For further information about this position, contact Nerida Cole (Project Manager) via email at:

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Diversity and Inclusion
Equity and diversity are integral to achieving our 2025 vision of bringing people and technology together to build a better world. Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity and inclusion through key initiatives such as:
  • Reconciliation Action Plan
  • Charter of Cultural Diversity
  • Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Action Plan
  • Swinburne LGBTIQA+ Pride, Gender Equality, Accessibility and Intergenerational inclusion strategies

For further information on all our initiatives visit our equity and diversity website. We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Assistance and Support
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 Maree Norden, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact Timothy Werner at

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

Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 9th September 2021

Note: This position is open to candidates that are currently located within Australia and are an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold an appropriate student visa.


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