Research Fellow in Computer Vision and Health, THUD

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Melbourne, Australia
12 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
10 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job no: 0050624
Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
Salary: $105,232 - $124,958 (Level B)
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Full time - 9.5% super

The University of Melbourne’s Transport, Health and Urban Design (THUD) Research Laboratory is entering into a research partnership with Queens University, Belfast to investigate associations between the built environment and health in Australia and the United Kingdom. This is part of a 3-year funded program. Using detailed urban imagery from maps, satellite images and street-view angles, the project will investigate how urban design is linked to the incidence and prevalence of non-communicable disease in locations across each country.

This project requires two Research Fellows with existing experience and interest in quantitative and / or computational research methodologies or the capacity and curiosity to quickly and competently add computational skills to an otherwise strong quantitative research methods base. Working in an inter-disciplinary team, you will be required to assimilate disparate information from multiple sources and have a firm understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of both imagery and epidemiological data and its application. You will work with the project’s Chief investigators on a day-to-day basis, learning from our team’s pre-established methodologies and methods and adding your own ideas and innovations. You are expected to be curious, motivated, creative, academically brave and productive. This is an opportunity to firmly establish a unique research theme of your own in a cutting-edge environment. At times you may not really feel like you know what you are doing. You must be comfortable with that.

Tasks will involve investigation and experimentation, project administration and documentation, ethics applications, data collection, providing technical advice, data management and data analysis, conducting literature searches and co-drafting reviews, leading and contributing to research papers and reports, and liaising between research and industry partners both here and overseas. There is no direct supervision of staff expected, though the opportunity to develop your own research projects and/or supervise PhD students where possible is encouraged. Some overseas travel may be required. You will be expected to be a positive and collaborative communicator within the team and externally, where your success with be the team’s success. There will be opportunity to present your work in multiple conferences, workshops and industry seminars, so the ability to effectively communicate your research to both academic and applied audiences will be highly valued.

The position is based at the Melbourne School of Design/Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning ( and is linked to the research program of the Transport, Health and Urban Design (THUD) Research Lab. For more information about THUD see

The position will report to Dr Jason Thompson, Senior Research Fellow in the Melbourne School of Design, and will be expected to work collaboratively with other Chief Investigators including Professor Mark Stevenson, Dr Kerry Nice and Dr Jasper Wijnands. Potential applicants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the work of the investigators and THUD Lab as a guide to considering their interest in and suitability for the position.

THUD comprises an interdisciplinary team featuring epidemiologists, psychologists, mathematicians, architects, planners, geographers, and computer scientists. Applicants from a similarly broad suite of backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Fundamentally, however, candidates will be expected to demonstrate core-competence in the application of advanced quantitative and / or computational disciplines to problems associated with at least one-of the areas of image processing, urban design, or health.

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Applications close: 10 Jul 2020 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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