Research Fellow (Multimodal Interfaces & Behaviour Analytics)

Monash University, Australia

The Faculty of Information Technology ( at Monash University in Melbourne Australia is establishing a new group in HCI and creative technologies. We invite PhDs to apply for a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship in multimodal interfaces and behavior analytics. The selected candidate will join a rapidly expanding multidisciplinary group in mobile and multimodal-multisensor interfaces, conversational interfaces, brain-computer and adaptive interfaces, wearable and personalized interfaces, data analytics for predicting user cognition and health status, and other topics. The HCI area director is Dr. Sharon Oviatt, an ACM Fellow and international pioneer in human-centered interfaces:

This position involves research on predicting user cognition and health status, based on analysis of different modalities (e.g., speech, images, writing, sensors) during natural activities. These analyses involve exploring predictive patterns at signal, activity pattern, lexical, and other levels. The ideal candidate would be an initiating researcher with a strong publication record who is interested in pioneering in emerging research areas. He/she would have an interest in developing new technologies to identify users’ cognitive and health status, and using this information to develop personalized interfaces that promote learning, performance, and health.


  • PhD in CS, IT, cognitive or linguistic sciences
  • Training in HCI, multimodal interfaces, data analytics, modeling human behavior & communication
  • Experience collecting and analyzing speech, images, handwriting, and/or sensor data
  • Experience applying machine learning, empirical/statistical, linguistic, or hybrid methods
  • Interest in human cognition, educational technology, or health-related technologies
  • Strong interpersonal/teamwork and communication/writing skills
  • Ability to work with diverse partners
  • Prefer 2-3 years post-PhD experience

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, and, 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 & Compensation: This position is 3 years full-time, with competitive salary (Academic level B: and benefits (17% superannuation retirement fund), relocation and seed funds. Start date negotiable. For enquiries email

To apply: Submit online at with (1) cover letter (indicating date of availability); (2) CV with publications, research and teaching interests, 3 references with email/phone contact; (3) graduate transcripts; (4) 3 publications. Monash has a Women in IT Program, and welcomes female, minority and international applicants.

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