A new three-year project initiated by construction giant Brookfield
Multiplex and leading design and engineering consultancies HASSELL and AECOM in
partnership with CRC for Low Carbon Living aims to make a substantial
contribution to the future of sustainable building design.
To demonstrate the impact of building design on people’s health,
wellbeing, productivity and the environment, the ‘Closing the Loop’ project will
connect decision and policy makers with the wealth of evidence that exists in
support of high-performance sustainable buildings.
The ‘Closing the Loop’ project will offer three scholarships for
undertaking full time PhD research for the project at one of the partner
universities: University of New South Wales, Curtin University, University of
South Australia and Melbourne University. The successful candidates will form a
part of a collaborative team working under the guidance of an experienced post
doctoral researcher as well as supervision of leading academic and industry
The specific PhD research topic will cover one or more of the following
Theme 1: Evidence for low carbon, health and productivity outcomes –
development of a systematic evidence base for the low carbon, health and
productivity benefits that can be delivered through design, engineering and
management-based building interventions. This will include the review,
assessment, analysis and synthesis of the global evidence base.
Theme 2: Common currency for low carbon, health and productivity
outcomes – development of measures that allow the assessment and comparison of
the effectiveness of design, engineering and management-based building
interventions from the perspectives of low carbon, health and productivity.
Theme 3: Building project decision-making analysis – analysis of the
decision making process and the various actors/roles involved in the
pre-project, briefing, design, construction and operational stages of a
building to determine when, what form and to whom the evidence should be
delivered to ensure its greatest impact and use.
Candidates with backgrounds including but not limited to architecture,
engineering, psychology, social health, business, economics, social science and
sustainability are preferred. Those with industry experience are encouraged to
apply. A First-Class Honours degree or Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a
relevant discipline is required and successful candidates will receive an
annual stipend of $30,000 (tax free for Australian residents).
Interested candidates should apply to Dr Lan Ding through
[email protected] Applications must include a cover letter detailing
interest, experience and skills, a CV, academic transcript, and the names and
contact details of two references.
The deadline for applications is Friday 5 September 2014.