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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Human-Computer Interaction

Sydney, Australia
$101K p.a. - $112K p.a + 17% superannuation
Closing date
7 Jan 2024

Job Details

  • Full-time, 3 years fixed term. Located on the Darlington Campus at the School of Computer Sciences
  • Opportunity to contribute to research in novel interactive systems, extended reality, and human-centred artificial intelligence
  • Base Salary $101K p.a. - $112K p.a + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

Established as the first computer science department in Australia, the School of Computer Science (SCS) is research-intensive and has a strong tradition of research-led teaching. The School offers undergraduate majors in computer science, information systems, data science and software development within its flagship Bachelor of Advanced Computing degree and combined degree programs with commerce and science. SCS is one of the seven schools in the Faculty of Engineering, which has a strong position within Australia and worldwide.

We are currently seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate Human-Computer Interaction to contribute to a range of research activities focused on novel interactive systems, extended reality, and human-centred artificial intelligence. In this role, you will conduct high-quality research, publish research works in top-tier conferences and journals and assist with supervising PhD/MPhil students.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • lead and contribute to research publications and present findings at relevant conferences and seminars,
  • manage the activities of a brand-new research laboratory, including selection, procurement, installation, and maintenance of equipment (e.g. motion capture systems, VR/AR headsets, sensors, etc.)
  • develop interactive prototypes and research demonstrators
  • collaborate in the planning and organisation of events, seminars, and workshops related to the research area
  • lead or participate in the preparation and submission of research grants
  • provide guidance and mentorship to junior team members and assist in their research projects.
  • engage with external stakeholders from industry and government

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate Human-Computer Interaction who has:

  • a PhD (or near completion) in the relevant field of Human-Computer Interaction
  • demonstrated skills/knowledge/experience in virtual/augmented/mixed/extended reality development, quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis
  • a proven track record through literature review, qualitative and quantitative research and laboratory methods
  • demonstrated contributions to publications in top-tier conferences and journals, such as CHI, UIST, CSCW, TOCHI, IMWUT/Ubicomp, DIS, ISMAR, VR, etc.

To apply for this position, please address the above criteria in a cover letter and attach to your application.

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.

Pre-employment checks

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.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

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The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and is consistently recognised, both locally and internationally, for its outstanding teaching and research excellence. Sydney alumni include Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in every field of endeavour.

The University offers a comprehensive range of courses, including a number of disciplines unique in Australia. Teaching is spread across nine different state-of-the art campuses, located across New South Wales.

The University of Sydney’s commitment to excellence in research has resulted in an outstanding record in national competitive funding and underpins an approach to teaching which has won nominations for excellence and resulted in high student satisfaction ratings. The University has 78 research centres and institutes and is home to three ARC Centres of Excellence.

The teaching, research and cultural life of the University is supported by extensive facilities, including the largest library collection in the Southern Hemisphere, the world-class Nicholson Museum of archaeological antiquities, the Macleay Museum of natural history and ethnographic collections and the University Art Gallery. Its outstanding sporting and recreation facilities provide a training centre for students and Olympic athletes.

The University of Sydney is a key member of the Group of Eight Australian major research-intensive universities, and the Worldwide Universities Network.


The University of Sydney has nine official campuses.

1.         Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

2.         Cumberland Campus. Home to the Faculty of Health Sciences (based in Lidcombe).

3.         Mallett Street Campus. Home of the Sydney Nursing School.

4.         Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus. In Macquarie Street, central Sydney.

5.         Rozelle Campus. Home to Sydney College of the Arts.

6.         Surry Hills Campus. Home to the Faculty of Dentistry.

7.         Camden Campus. Contains facilities connected to the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

8.         Burren Street Campus. Facilties are currently under development.

9.         Sydney Medical School campuses. These include the School of Rural Health (in Dubbo and Orange), the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, Westmead Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Nepean Hospital, Northern Clinical School, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health.


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5. Dentistry

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