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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Human-Computer Interaction

Melbourne, Australia
$83,468- $113,262 with a PhD starting salary of (A.6) of $105,518 p.a. plus 17% super.
Closing date
11 Jun 2024

Job Details

Job no: 0062480
Location: Parkville
Role type: Fixed-term from 1/11/2024 until 30/04/2027 
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
Department/School: School of Computing and Information Systems
Salary: Level A $83,468- $113,262 with a PhD starting salary of (A.6) of $105,518 p.a. plus 17% super.

  • Conduct research into digital storytelling with older adults, empowering them to create and share their life stories through cutting-edge technological platforms.
  • Join a dynamic Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) community, fostering collaboration with researchers, engaging in weekly seminars, and enjoying access to premier prototyping tools and laboratory facilities for groundbreaking HCI exploration at the esteemed Melbourne Connect building.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

This role focuses on conducting participatory research for the ARC Discovery Project, “Co-designing Innovations in Digital Storytelling with Older Adults”. Responsibilities include understanding the life experiences of older adults and facilitating their engagement with new technologies for storytelling. You'll be an integral part of a dynamic Human-Computer Interaction community at the University of Melbourne, collaborating on interdisciplinary projects, attending seminars, and potentially co-supervising student research in Information Technology.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Ensure research is conducted in accordance with the University’s ethics requirements,

including developing applications, supporting materials, and final reports.

  • Participate in regular team meetings and communicate with team members and stakeholders about project progress and outcomes
  • Present research findings to diverse audience groups, including at academic, industry, and public-facing events
  • Contribute to and lead preparation of manuscripts for publication in leading HCI venues including conferences and journals;
  • Liaise effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders including older adults and industry partners.

Who We Are Looking For

You will possess a proven track record of innovative research showcased through publications in esteemed journals and conferences. Alongside independent research capabilities, strong communication skills and adept interpersonal abilities are essential for engaging with diverse stakeholders effectively.

You will also have:

  • A PhD in Human-Computer Interaction, social gerontology, or a closely related discipline.

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate doesn't have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this position

Your New Team –

The School of Computing & Information Systems (CIS) undertakes research and teaching across a range of information technology disciplines including Human-Computer Interaction, Software Engineering, Information Systems, and Computer Science. CIS is the most highly ranked School of Computing and Information Systems in Australia according to all major rankings (THE, QS, ARWU).

 It offers a comprehensive range of IT and IS courses at all levels, including offerings in science, engineering, and business, and is at the forefront of computing research in Australia and internationally with close links to major computing research initiatives, including Melbourne Bioinformatics, CSL, The Cremorne Digital Hub and CSIRO’s DATA61.

The school aims to attract and retain outstanding staff available to maintain its lead in research and teaching. We have an existing highly successful research team in the area of the appointment, a large number of PhD students, and a substantial cohort of graduate students in our coursework Masters programs.

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

Be Yourself

The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences, and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact the employee listed on the first page of the Position Description found below, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: =

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

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

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Shabon Nawabi via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Position Description

Applications close: Tuesday 11th June 2024 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) / Melbourne time zone


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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