Research Associate, Creative Coding Tools to Support Multi-Device Digital Media Artworks

Sydney, Australia
04 Dec 2019
End of advertisement period
12 Jan 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

The Opportunity

The purpose of this project, titled: “Artistically rethinking creative coding for digital media”, is to research original design solutions and develop working technologies, through prototypes, showcase works and proofs of concept, that support creative media arts practitioners to create sound and light artworks. The project will apply interaction design research to better understand what demands, constraints and opportunities guide creative practice in this space. It will use practice-based research to develop exemplary creative artworks demonstrating the project outcomes.

The Research Associate (RA) will be co-located between UNSW Art and Design, and BitScope Designs, and will assist with developing the BitScope technology, conducting research into algorithms and user interfaces. The RA will bring expertise in computer science and HCI to the research-focused creation of new technology, implementing and testing successful algorithms and user interface designs. The RA will work closely with a team of engineers, artists and design researchers towards the project’s goals, which includes the production of creative audio visual installation artworks

The Research Associate will work closely with a team of engineers, artists and design researchers towards the project’s goals, which includes the production of creative audio visual installation artworks.

Other project partners include UTS, the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, and media arts organisation Squidsoup”.

  • Salary: A $95,449- $102,091 + 17% superannuation & Annual Leave loading ( Pro rata) 
  • Fixed-term, 30 months 
  • Part-time- 3 days per week (with the possibility to increase to full time)  
  • Location: Paddington Campus – Sydney, Australia

About UNSW

UNSW is currently implementing a ten-year strategy to 2025 and our ambition for the next decade is nothing less than to establish UNSW as Australia’s global university. We aspire to this in the belief that a great university, which is a global leader in discovery, innovation, impact, education and thought leadership, can make an enormous difference to the lives of people in Australia and around the world.


Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Collaboratively develop creative coding tools.
  • Collaboratively develop a realtime engine for creative coding of multiple Raspberry Pis.
  • Contribute to the design, implementation, debugging and assembly of hardware prototypes.
  • Assist with the coordination of research activities and actively contribute to research outputs to meet project milestones.
  • Conduct experiments and core research and write research papers.
  • Contribute to the delivery of media art installations

Within your application you should address the selection criteria which are listed within the position description. 

  • Pre-employment checks required for this position.

Please apply online. Applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed below.


Steve Lalic


Applications close: 11:50 pm, Sunday 12th January 2020 (AEDT)

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity or Indigenous heritage. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

UNSW partners with Australia’s leading diversity organisations, networks, and campaigns. Please refer to UNSW’s diversity offerings for further information on our flexible work and leave options, and support for carers (childcare, parent rooms, parental leave).