Professor in Interaction Design or Human-Computer Interaction

Sydney, Australia
18 Aug 2023
End of advertisement period
29 Sep 2023
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Architecture
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Exciting opportunity for an outstanding and internationally established professor who is a leading authority across the discipline.
  • A unique opportunity to help shape a growing discipline that spans computational creativity, social computing, and artificial intelligence with critical perspectives on and application of design across technology, society, and innovation.
  • Continuing academic position - Level E

About the opportunity

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding and established Professor with an international reputation for excellence and a strong academic track record in research and teaching in the broad area of interaction design and/or human-computer interaction.

The design discipline was established more than 40 years ago and has a long and well-established reputation in leading design research. This is a unique opportunity to shape a growing discipline that combines computational creativity, social computing, and artificial intelligence, with critical perspectives on, and the application of design across technology, society, and innovation.

As a professor, you must be an exemplary and eminent academic leader who can play a pivotal role in shaping and driving our emerging research agenda, with a strong focus on early and mid-career researcher mentorship to support the next generation of design academics. The successful candidate must have demonstratable experience of securing funding for world-class research activity with translational outputs and a strong record of high-quality dissemination.

The post-holder will contribute to the future-focused development of our integrated teaching programs including Bachelor of Design (Interaction Design), Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Advanced Studies, Design Major, Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts, Master of Design (with specialisations in Design Innovation, and Strategic Design), and Higher Research Degrees. This role will also provide leadership in curriculum development and program design across the discipline to further enhance the University's standing as a national leader in education.

Professors are expected to play a strategic development and governance role in the discipline and the wider school, leading improvements and encouraging excellence. Importantly, we are seeking a professor who can foster a vibrant and engaged academic culture. Furthermore, this post-holder must make a demonstratable and progressive contribution to developing and nurturing local, national, and international global partnerships that reinforce the School's position as a disciplinary leader in Interaction Design/HCI.

About you (Skills, Capabilities and Experience)

The successful candidate must have:

  • A PhD in a relevant field and strong professorial track record in a relevant disciplinary area.
  • An international reputation as an authority in Interaction Design and/or Human-Computer Interaction, with a supporting research profile inclusive of competitive research grants, publications, and evidence of scholarly recognition within the broader research community.
  • Demonstrated success in leading educational and pedagogical excellence, with excellent examples of curriculum development and program design, strong research-teaching integration, and evidence of student-experience focused innovation.
  • Evidence of strong and impactful research translation that have real-world impact, for example policy developments, product/service commercialisation, technology innovation.
  • An established media profile and wide network of reputable and relevant relationships with key academic, industry and professional institutions, partners and stakeholders that can be leveraged to enhance the standing of the School, Faculty and University.
  • Evidence of strong and successful strategic academic leadership and proven ability to sustain and grow research groups. This includes early and mid-career mentoring and evidence of fostering of a vibrant and engaged academic culture.

Term and remuneration

The successful candidate will be offered a competitive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the candidate's relevant experience and qualifications.

Visa sponsorship and relocation assistance will be provided if required.

How to apply

Applications (including a CV and cover letter outlining how your skills, capabilities and experience meet the requirements for the role) must be submitted via the link above. Please refer to the candidate information brochure for further details.

Candidate Information Brochure

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For a copy of the candidate information brochure, a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact:

Lucy Porter (Senior Talent Partner, Recruitment Operations, Human Resources) on + 61 429 771 115 or by email

For role specific enquiries please contact Professor Robyn Dowling, Dean and Head of School, School of Architecture, Design and Planning via email:

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

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