Academic Opportunities in Human Computer Interaction (FIT)

Monash University, Australia - Faculty of Information Technology

The Faculty of Information Technology (https://www.monash.edu/it) at Monash University in Melbourne Australia is establishing a new group in HCI and creative technologies. We invite faculty at all levels to join a rapidly growing group in human-centered interfaces. We are especially interested:

  1. Wearable and personalized interfaces
  2. Mobile and multimodal-multisensor interfaces, including fusion-based ones
  3. Data analytics for predicting user emotion, cognition, and health
  4. Conversational dialogue interfaces
  5. Brain-computer and adaptive interfaces

Interested applicants should have a PhD in CS, IT, cognitive, linguistic, or brain sciences, and several years of post-PhD experience. All candidates must have a strong publication record in top venues, excellent teamwork and communication/writing skills, and teaching/mentoring experience. Evidence of grants and industry partnerships is preferred. Depending on area, candidates are expected to have strong skills in methodology (empirical/statistical, machine learning, HCI methods), signal-processing, linguistic analysis/language processing, system architectures or software. The HCI area director is Dr. Sharon Oviatt, an ACM Fellow and international pioneer in human-centered interfaces: https://www.monash.edu/it/our-research/graduate-research/scholarship-funded-phd-research-projects/projects/human-centred-mobile-and-multimodal-interfaces

Monash and Melbourne Area: Monash is Australia’s largest university, ranking in the top 60 universities worldwide, with CS/IT rated in the top 70 (QS World rankings 2018). In addition to HCI, the IT School includes software, cyber-security, data science, AI, social computing, and many basic CS areas. The university has made strategic investments in facilities for prototyping innovative concepts, collecting and analyzing data, and displaying installations of interactive media—including sensiLab (tangible, wearable, augmented/virtual reality, multimodal-multimedia, maker-space), Immersive Visualization and Analytics lab, Centre for Data Science, ARC Centers of Excellence on Integrative Brain Function and Robotics. It currently is investing in HCI facilities for developing new mobile and multimodal/multisensor interfaces, analyzing human multimodal interaction, and predicting users’ cognitive and health status.

Melbourne is rated the #1 city worldwide for quality of life (Economist & Guardian, http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2016/08/daily-chart-14 and https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/aug/18/melbourne-wins-worlds-most-liveable-city-award-sixth-year-in-a-row), with excellent education, healthcare, infrastructure, low crime, and exceptional cuisine, culture, and creative design. It is renowned for its dramatic coastline, parks, wildlife, and wine region.

Position and Compensation: Full-time for 12 months a year, with competitive salary and benefits: http://adm.monash.edu.au/enterprise-agreements/academic-professional-2014/s1-academic-salary-rates.html, including 17% superannuation retirement fund, relocation and generous start-up package. The academic year begins late Feb. 2018, with semester 2 starting late July, but start date is negotiable. For North American applicants, "Lecturer (level B)" is Assistant Professor, "Senior Lecturer (level C)” is Associate Professor, and “Associate Professor (level D)” is Professor. Monash has a Women in IT Program, and welcomes talented female, minority, and international applicants. For enquiries: Oviatt@incaadesigns.org.

To apply: Submit online at http://careers.pageuppeople.com/513/cw/en/job/571151/academic-opportunities-in-human-computer-interaction-fit  with: (1) cover letter (indicating area 1-5, planned future research, date of availability); (2) CV with publications, research and teaching interests, 3-5 references with email/phone contact; (3) 3 publications.

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