Research Fellow in Human-Computer Interaction

Melbourne, Australia
07 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
06 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
Department/School: School of Computing and Information Systems
Salary: $95,179 - $102,163 (ARC Post Doc Res Fellowship, Level A) (pro rata)
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Part time (0.8FTE) - 17% super

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) is strongly committed to supporting diversity and flexibility in the workplace. Improving the representation of women is necessary in our goal to innovate and to strengthen FEIT’s reputation as a best-in-class centre of research.

About the School of Computing and Information Systems (CIS) We are international research leaders with a focus on delivering impact and making a real difference in three key areas: data and knowledge, platforms and systems, and people and organisations.

At the School of Computing and Information Systems, you'll find curious people, big problems, and plenty of chances to create a real difference in the world.

About the role:

This part-time, fixed-term postdoctoral role involves working within an interdisciplinary team to conduct impactful qualitative research for a project that is designing innovative music therapy applications to support caregivers and people with dementia.  This is a collaborative project, funded by a Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), and the role will involve contributing to outputs in the fields of human-computer interaction and music therapy. The successful candidate will be based in the Human-Computer Interaction research group, in the School of Computing and Information Systems, working with Associate Professor Jenny Waycott, and will also work closely with music therapy academics in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music. This is an exciting, community focused project that promises to provide social benefit for people living with dementia and their caregivers. The role offers an opportunity for an emerging academic in human-computer interaction or a relevant healthcare field to gain experience conducting in-depth, sensitive qualitative research and contributing to the ethical design, deployment, and evaluation of music therapy technologies in dementia care.

Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee field deployment studies in community and institutional care settings, working closely with participants to collect qualitative data to assess user experience with the music therapy application
  • Conduct a systematic review of the academic literature on the use of technology-based music interventions for people with dementia
  • Organise a series of co-design workshops with family and formal caregivers to develop design requirements for the next phase of app development 
  • Produce regular progress reports to provide project team members with updates on findings and recommendations from the field deployment and co-design studies
  • Give research presentations about research-in-progress and project outcomes.

About You:

A confident communicator with strong oral and written communication skills, you will have demonstrated skills and experience working in an interdisciplinary research team. A natural rapport builder, you will have an ability to work as a collaborative team member with the capacity to develop and maintain productive working relationships.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • Knowledge of human-computer interaction research, especially in the area of technology and ageing
  • Experience using qualitative research methods to inform design of new technologies
  • An emerging track record of academic publications and other outputs in human-computer interaction
  • Experience conducting focus group sessions and design workshops with older adults and/or caregivers in sensitive healthcare settings
  • Experience of conducting research in settings that involve caring for people with complex care needs

For specific responsibilities of this role please refer to the attached Position Description.

You will be supported to pursue achievement in all pillars of an academic career:

  • Research & Research Training
  • Contribution to Teaching and Learning
  • Service and Leadership

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

At UoM, we value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages and culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria* (found in the Position Description) for the role.

*For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at

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Position Description: Download FilePD_HCI Research Fellow MRFF Project.pdf

Applications close: 06 Feb 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time