PhD Scholarship in a Multimedia Digital History

Monash University


PhD Scholarship in a Multimedia Digital History Project: Using Virtual and Augmented Reality to engage audiences in the impact of convicts on Australian democracy

Job No.: 610065

Location: Caulfield campus

Employment Type: Full-time

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

Remuneration: The successful applicant will receive a Faculty of Arts Research Living Allowance, at current value of $29,000 per annum 2020 full-time rate (tax-free stipend), indexed plus allowances as per RTP stipend scholarship conditions at Faculty will provide the tuition fee scholarship.

The Opportunity

Monash University Arts Graduate Research is funding an inter-disciplinary Practice/Exegesis PhD scholarship to investigate how virtual and augmented reality and enhanced data visualizations can be used to understand the impact of transported convicts on Australian democracy. The research will form part of an ARC funded research project and will contribute to specific components of the project, notably a travelling digital exhibition, an online transmedia hub delivering content to a variety of display devices, and educational resources. The PhD will be jointly supervised by the Faculties of Arts and Information Technology and will be based in the innovative Monash SensiLab. The PhD forms an important part of the ARC Linkage Project Conviction Politics: the Convict Routes of Australian Democracy, led at Monash University by Associate Professor Tony Moore (School of Media, Film and Journalism, Faculty of Arts), and Professors Jon McCormack and Kim Marriott from Faculty of Information Technology.

This International digital history project connects collective convict protest to the early development of democracy in colonial Australia, documenting for the first time the extent and character of convict activism 1788-1850 and offering fresh perspectives on the role of ‘political’ transportees in the mobilisation of the wider convict and free population for reform. Led by Monash, the four-year interdisciplinary project brings together leading history, media studies and information technology academics, from five Australian and 2 international universities, together with media practitioners, archives collections, museums, and unions spanning Australia, the UK and Ireland. As well as scholarly publications, the project is producing an online transmedia text and audio-visual hub that presents findings and original digitised archive material, data visualisations, an interactive atlas of convict politics, 100 micro-documentaries and content for a travelling digital exhibition. More information can be found on the Conviction Politics website:

The successful applicant will join the research team, working closely with data analytics and visualisation researchers based in SensiLab and critical digital media scholars based in the School of Media, Film and Journalism. Working with the supervisory team, the PhD student will contribute to the wider project, engaging in research design, practice-based research that draws from data and media generated by the project, consulting with relevant project partners (notably museums and a media production house), together with the writing of an exegesis that forms part of the overall PhD contribution. The precise details of the PhD research are flexible and responsive to the successful applicant’s expertise and interests, and the successful applicant will be required to develop their own research program that fits within the broad parameters of the project. Final decisions on the project will be confirmed through discussions between the successful applicant and the supervisors.

Undertaking a PhD as part of a larger project has several advantages. First, the successful candidate will be integrated into an already successful research agenda that has been funded by the Australian Research Council, and partners the NSW Teachers Federation, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office and the AMWU, and the will have access to funding to support field and lab work, travel, and conference attendance. Second, the candidate will benefit from expert supervision from research leaders in immersive digital technology, critical digital media studies and cultural industries, and from entering a PhD with a pre-existing structure. Third, the candidate will collaborate with, and be mentored by project scholars in digital analytics and data visualisation based in Monash Sensilab, Fourth, the candidate will experience working with the project’s screen production partner Roar Film, our museum partners such as the National Museum of Australia and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and have access to a large data base of the Australian convict experience, and digitised archives of images, objects, sound and text harvested from collections in Australia, Britain and Ireland. Finally, the candidate will benefit from being part of outcomes from the research, which may include co-authored publications (where the candidate’s contributions will be recognized through co-authorship), and some of the media outputs such as the exhibition content, the online digital atlas, micro-documentaries and funded symposia, school-engagement exercises, and future grant applications.

Monash University is the largest university in Australia and regularly ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide. Monash has six globally networked campuses and international alliances in Europe and Asia. The applicant will be based at the Caulfield campus in Melbourne. For more information about the university and the school of MFJ please refer to the following link:

Please note: applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.

Candidate Requirements

The successful applicant will have an excellent academic track record in data visualisation, data analytics, or a related area of information technology, digital media, archive, museum or historical studies. The successful candidate will have experience of digital research methods and evidence of applied expertise in virtual/augmented reality and data visualisation.

Applicants will be considered provided that they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in the Faculty of Arts are available at

Candidates will be required to meet Monash admission requirements which include English-language proficiency skills. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full time and on campus.

Successful applicants will be expected to enrol by 27 November 2020. However, there may be some flexibility as to the date of commencement.


Associate Professor Tony Moore, School of Media, Film and Journalism,

Submit an Expression of Interest

EOIs shall comprise:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant’s suitability
  • A brief research proposal not exceeding 750 words in length that fits within the broad project aims and objectives, and demonstrates some understanding of the area of research
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works, conference presentations, practice portfolio and relevant work experience
  • A full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation
  • Contact details of two academic referees

It is important that you contact Associate Professor Tony Moore prior to submission of the EOI to discuss the project.

EOIs must be sent, in the form of a single pdf attachment to an email to Kinda Say, Senior Graduate Research Administrator, Faculty of Arts, at the following e-mail address State “EOI [your name] - PhD Scholarship in a Multimedia Digital History Project: Using Virtual and Augmented Reality to engage audiences in the impact of convicts on Australian democracy” in the subject heading of the email.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed (by video call if necessary). The interviews will be conducted in English.

Closing Date

Friday 28th August 2020, 11:55 pm AEST

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