PhD Position in Digital Energy Futures

Monash University Emerging Technologies Research Lab

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PhD Scholarship – Digital Energy Futures

Job no.: 641482

Location: Caulfield campus 

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 3-year and 3-month fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a Faculty-funded Stipend scholarship (Living Allowance) and Tuition Fee Remission Scholarship, Relocation Allowance (up to $1000 interstate and $1,500 overseas) and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)  Includes Single, Dual Family or Multi Family cover for 57 months (overseas applicants only). Living Allowance current value: $30,000 p.a. 2022 full-time rate (tax-free stipend); (annually indexed plus allowances as per RTP/MGRO stipend conditions:

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  • Take your career in exciting and rewarding directions at one of the world’s top 80 universities

Everyone needs a platform to launch a satisfying career. At Monash, we give you the space and support to take your career in all kinds of exciting new directions with access to quality research, infrastructure and learning facilities. We’re a university full of energetic and enthusiastic minds, driven to challenge what’s expected, expand what we know, and learn from other inspiring, empowering thinkers. Innovative, supportive, successful and with great breadth and depth of talent, Monash Information Technology is a leader in research and education. We provide an ideal environment in which to excel and are located in Melbourne, one of the world’s most liveable cities.

Monash University strongly advocates diversity, equality, fairness and openness. We fully support the gender equity principles of the Athena SWAN Charter and invite you to join us in celebrating women in STEMM.

The Emerging Technologies Lab is one of Australia’s most exciting research facilities and we want you to be a part of it!

Sitting across both the fast-growing Faculty of IT (FIT) and Monash Art Design & Architecture (MADA), the Emerging Technologies Lab is a fascinating intersection of research areas, undertaking critical interdisciplinary and international research into the social, cultural and experiential dimensions of the design, use and futures of new and emerging technologies. 

We investigate an emerging technological environment where automation, artificial intelligence, data and the questions of ethics, responsibility and user experience conflate in unpredictable ways that are important to understand. Our internationally leading researchers bring together high quality theoretical and ethnographic academic scholarship with engagement with external stakeholders, and advocate for the design of better, responsible and ethical futures. Our work advances new theory and ethnographic and futures methodologies drawing from design, anthropology, sociology, and geography. The Lab’s core themes include energy futures, future mobilities, public space, e-waste and design for wellbeing.

The Opportunity

To grapple with these important conceptual spaces we need the best and brightest minds. As such, the Emerging Technologies Lab is pleased to offer this exciting opportunity

To successfully attain this scholarship you should have a background in the social sciences, design and/or human-computer interaction design disciplines, and be committed to undertaking research into the social, cultural and experiential elements of the design, use and futures of emerging technologies. You will participate in the work of the Lab by undertaking your own project, supervised by Associate Professor Yolande Strengers (FIT) and Professor Sarah Pink (MADA) or another, appropriate second supervisor. You will also have opportunities to collaborate in team projects and to connect with the Lab’s international research community. 

As part of your proposal, you should outline how your research will contribute to the Digital Energy Futures (DEF) project

The DEF Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage project aims to understand and forecast changing digital lifestyle trends and their impact on future household electricity demand, including at peak times. The project is generating new knowledge by employing digital ethnography and sociological theories to investigate how changing social practices will impact on electricity sector planning. In addition to many academic journal article and book chapter publications, outcomes from DEF to date include: industry comic-strip scenarios of future visions for everyday life; emerging trends and principles for digital energy futures; demand management opportunities to help the sector meet future residential consumption; the Digital Energy Futures documentary film; and future-focused foresights to guide energy forecasting and scenario-building. The successful applicant will build on the DEF research undertaken to date to propose a project within Australia or internationally that will advance future-focused social science and design research for the energy sector. Candidates may also choose to target a particular aspect of the DEF project for further investigation.

The proposal should demonstrate an enthusiasm for theoretical research into human/ non-human and technology futures as well as interest in engaging with innovative qualitative and/or digital and design ethnographic methodologies, such as, ethnographic documentary, design fiction, photography, interviews and observations.

Apply here

To apply please click the application link below and refer to "How to apply for Monash Jobs" for further instructions.

Flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.


Associate Professor Yolande Strengers, +61 3 9903 1066, (Contact via email is preferred)  

Closing Date

Friday 14 October 2022, 11:55 pm AEDT