Associate Professor - Interaction Design/Human-Computer Interaction

University of Queensland


September 26, 2022


  • School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

  • Academic Level D

  • Continuing position

  • Applications Close Monday 26th September 2022 at 11.00pm AEST (R-12256)

  • About This Opportunity

    Human-Centred Computing at UQ is an inter-disciplinary community, incorporating diverse backgrounds including design, robotics, engineering, and computer science. We actively collaborate across disciplines including linguistics, health, arts and behavioural sciences, and apply a variety of technologies including extended reality, wearables, embedded systems, machine learning, and social software.

    This is an exciting opportunity for an Associate Professor to join a growing team collaborating on high impact research and teaching in the field of Human- Centred Computing. We are seeking an experienced academic who can consistently demonstrate excellence in teaching, research and service and engagement. At this level the incumbent is expected to undertake leadership roles and have a strong record of mentoring early career researchers and supervising Higher Degree by Research students successfully to completion as principal supervisor.

    Key responsibilities include:

    1. Teaching

  • Demonstrate a sustained, skilled, and collegial contribution to teaching and the student experience.

  • Drive the ongoing improvement and development of new programs or a significant aspect of a program (e.g. a major, a clinical teaching unit or a field of study) to meet industry and educational standards.

  • Exhibit exemplary design in curricular and assessment practices that contributes to enhanced student learning outcomes.

  • Adapt and introduce novel teaching and learning approaches and technologies (including online learning and alternative teaching methods and resources) to inspire students' participation and achieve enhanced learning outcomes.

  • Build and maintain internal and external education collaborations and leads or enables professional learning through advocacy, mentorship and/or scholarly inquiry.

  • Coordinate courses, prepare and deliver lectures and tutorials, and undertake assessment and marking for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

  • Make original contributions which expand knowledge or practice in the relevant discipline to achieve excellence in teaching.

  • Provide high quality service to students, including academic counselling and advice.

  • Understand and apply University Rules relevant to teaching and learning practice.

  • 2. Research

  • Maintain a record of outstanding contributions to the field and produce quality research outputs consistent with discipline norms as lead contributor, by publishing in high quality national and international research journals, other appropriate refereed publications and conference publications.

  • Initiate and lead funding initiatives and applications as chief investigator role in applications for significant research funding to support projects and activities, which includes actively seeking, obtaining and managing research funding.

  • Lead the progressing towards transfer of knowledge, technology and practices to research end users through translation, including commercialisation of UQ intellectual property.

  • Participate in discipline service, including service on leading editorial boards, or other discipline leadership positions

  • Encourage, initiate and coordinate strategic collaborative research projects that where possible impacts on policy, practices and/or commercialisation (where relevant) resulting in internationally recognised achievements in the research area.

  • Assist in shaping significant and strategic research agendas that yield new insights and opportunities to represent and promote the discipline area in leading academic and research forums.

  • Review and draw upon best practice research methodologies.

  • 3. Supervision and Researcher Development

  • Successfully build and lead a research team, developing and mentor more junior academics and researchers.

  • Act as Principal Supervisor to Higher Degree by Research students.

  • Demonstrate and lead others in the responsible conduct of research.

  • Demonstrate effectiveness in the development of researcher capability and skill.

  • Lead the facilitation of engagement opportunities for supervisees

  • Effectively lead and develop supervisee performance and conduct by providing feedback, coaching, and professional development.

  • Manage staff effectively throughout the employee lifecycle in accordance with University policy and procedures.

  • Work to promptly resolve conflict and grievances when they arise in accordance with University policy and procedures.

  • 4. Citizenship and Service

  • Consistently demonstrate and lead others in relation to the UQ values.

  • Make a strong contribution to the governance of the organisational unit, including displaying leadership behaviours.

  • Show leadership of self and others through mentoring, collaboration and a responsibility for staff wellbeing.

  • Sustain a track record of impact, achievement and initiative in internal service roles.

  • Undertake administrative processes as required.

  • Establish a track record of collaboration in relation to external service activities.

  • Advance external links and partnerships by collaborating on external activities and sustain strategic relationships with industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community.

  • 5. Other

    Ensure you are aware of and comply with legislation and University policy relevant to the duties undertaken, including but not exclusive to:

  • The University's Code of Conduct.

  • Requirements of the Queensland occupational health and safety (OH&S) legislation and related OH&S responsibilities and procedures developed by the University or Institute/School.

  • The adoption of sustainable practices in all work activities and compliance with associated legislation and related University sustainability responsibilities and procedures.

  • Requirements of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000, the National Code 2007 and associated legislation, and related responsibilities and procedures developed by the University.

  • About You

  • A PhD in Human-Computer Interaction or a related field with international recognition in the area of expertise and an excellent record of publications in reputed refereed journals and conferences

  • Demonstrated research leadership in one or more of the HCC research themes with evidence of outstanding contribution to research, including high- level success in gaining significant external grant funds

  • Demonstrated excellence to teach at the intersection of design, technology and culture through studios, workshops, and lectures to both undergraduate and postgraduate students from a diversity of backgrounds

  • Exemplary record of active and effective supervision of coursework thesis and Higher Degree Research students to successful completion

  • Demonstrated high-level experience in liaising and collaborating with stakeholders across varying disciplines and/or sectors to develop co- operative research initiatives

  • Evidence of successfully developing and leading a team to deliver tangible outputs in the relevant school discipline project areas

  • What We Can Offer

    This is a Full-time, 100% FTE Continuing position at Academic Level D.

    The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $149,761.25 - $164,991.59 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $175,220.66 - $193,040.16 per annum.

    The following flexible employment options may be available for this role :

    some working from home; variable start or finish times; flex-time.

    For further information about UQ's benefits, please visit Why Work at UQ and review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.


    To discuss this role please contact Associate Professor Stephen Viller (email or phone 07 3365 1190).

    For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter addressing the About You section

  • Resume

  • Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume', which is step one of the application form.

    To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels, including direct email, will not be accepted.

    About The Selection Process

    As part of the Selection Process, applicants shortlisted for interview will be required to present a seminar and mock lecture to members of the school community prior to their scheduled interview. Research seminars and lecture topics will be provided with adequate notice to shortlisted candidates.

    The University of Queensland is committed to ensuring all candidates are provided with the opportunity to attend the panel interviews, however, for those candidates who are unable to attend in person, video interview options will be available.

    Other Information

    Sponsorship: Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment.

    We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

    If you are a current employee of the University, or hold an unpaid or affiliate appointment with the University, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

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