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Research Fellow in Ubiquitous Computing and Human-Computer Interaction

Melbourne, Australia
$77,171 - $104,717 p.a. (pro-rata for part time) plus 17% super
Closing date
24 Mar 2023

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Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Fixed-term for 12 months
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
Department/School: School of Computing and Information Systems
Salary: Level A – $77,171 - $104,717 p.a. (pro-rata for part time) plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About - School of Computing and Information Systems

The School of Computing and Information Systems (CIS) at the University of Melbourne is an international leader in computing research and teaching. CIS is one of the highest-profile schools in the country, regularly ranked top in Australia for Computer Science (THE and QS). It is one of only two Australian divisions to be ranked "5 – Well above world standard" in both Information and Computing Sciences (FOR 08) and Information Systems (FOR 0806).

The School is committed to attracting and retaining the highest-quality staff available in order to produce outstanding and impactful research. CIS has highly successful research teams in the key areas of Computer Science (CS), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Information Systems (IS).

About the Role

A postdoctoral Research Fellow is sought to join the School of Computing & Information Systems, The University of Melbourne, and contribute research to the school’s thriving Human Computer Interaction group. You will join a world-class interdisciplinary and multi-institution project.

You will work within the CATCH project: Cybersecurity Assurance for Teams of Computers and Humans. This project brings together 6 universities in Australia and the U.S.: led by the University of Melbourne, and joined by the University of Newcastle and Macquarie University in Australia, and Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of California San Diego in the U.S. You will be encouraged and supported to collaborate across partners in this exciting and unique project. You can read more about CATCH here:

In this role, you will be working closely with Professor Vassilis Kostakos and will be expected to bring your expertise to study, and develop new ways, in which teams of humans and computers can work together in the context of cybersecurity. This could be done from a range of perspectives, such as sensing human behaviour, usable security, interface design, quantitative analysis. The scope of the project is quite broad, and you will have the opportunity to propose and pursue novel new directions in this broad area. You will work alongside experts in security, formal methods and machine learning.

Responsibilities include:

  • Independently planning and carrying out research on the nominated research project and work towards completion of the aims of the project.
  • Performing data analysis and be responsible for qualitative and statistical analysis of research data and to communicate this information to the Chief Investigators and collaborators.
  • Presenting results at local, national, and international forums, and to external industry and government stakeholders
  • Contributing to teaching, training, scientific mentoring and supervision of students and conducting lectures, tutorials, mark and undertake laboratory duties as required by the School (if required).

For further information about this role, please contact Professor Vassilis Kostakos on

About You

To be successful in this role you will have an excellent ability in analysing data, problem solving and maintaining accurate research records. You will have experience using initiative, working with minimal supervision and ability to prioritise tasks to achieve project objectives within timeline. You will bring excellent written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated by presentation of research results at conferences, internal forums and through manuscript submissions.

You will also have:

  • A higher degree in computer science, or closely related discipline
  • Strong quantitative skills, and experience with human subjects experiments
  • Ability to perform independent research and a commitment to interdisciplinary research
  • Demonstrated capacity to communicate research concepts to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Capability for innovative research, as evidenced by scholarly publication

About the University

The University of Melbourne 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.

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, 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

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. 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 apply with your CV and cover letter outlining your interest and experience.  Please note that you are not required to provide responses against the selection criteria in the Position Description.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at

Position description: PD-0058749 Research Fellow in Ubiquitous Computing and Human-Computer Interaction.pdf

Applications close: Friday 24 March 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

For more information please visit:

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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