Two Fully-funded PhD positions
in Ubiquitous Computing and Behavioural Science
jointly enrolled at The University of Melbourne and Freie Universität Berlin
In the context of the collaboration between the the University of Melbourne and the Berlin University
Alliance, we invite applications for a fully-funded, full-time PhD position in Ubiquitous Computing and
Behavioural Science. The research will be co-hosted at the School of Computing and Information System
in Australia and the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany. Successful candidates will spend significant time in both locations and will receive a joint degree from both institutions.
The foucs of this research is on developing methods to quantify, track, and instil healthy behaviours.
Everyday behaviours, such as a balanced diet or frequent hand washing can become habitual and impact
people’s health by reducing the risk of viral infection and improve the management of chronic condi-tions, such as heart disease and diabetes. As many individuals do not adhere to recommended beha-vioural guidelines (e.g., not washing hands in core situations), innovative methods to measure beha-vioural performance and intervene are needed. Digital technologies provide the means to continuously measure individuals’ behaviours and support them in achieving behavioural goals. To develop such technologies to successfully monitor and achieve sustainable behavioural changes in individuals’ everyday lives requires bringing together medical research, behavioural psychology, and computing science. The successful candidate will hence work in an interdisciplinary environment across both locations in Australia and Germany.
University of Melbourne
At the University of Melbourne, the work will be embedded in the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
group, which is made up of a dynamic group of researchers working on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubi-comp), User Experience (UX), and Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). We are fascinated by issues arising from humans interacting with emerging technologies. What influences our experience of information and communication technology? How might we ensure that information technology is usable, useful and satisfying to use? The HCI group explores these and other questions by studying the design and use of digital technologies by people. Our research methods are human-centric, focusing on technology-in-use by people, either in their natural settings or in our state-of-the-art usability lab. Our current area of focus ranges from smart hospitals and creating technologies to improve chronic disease outcomes to social computing, conversational agents, technologies for emotion regulation and age care, explainable AI, context-aware systems and cognitive computing.
More information about our team and current projects can be found at:
Freie Universität Berlin
At the Freie Universität Berlin, the candidate will work within the Division of Health Psychology. The
members of the Division of Health Psychology collaborate and publish together with researchers from 27
nations and different disciplines such as medicine, social sciences, business, and computer science. The
field of Health Psychology is dedicated to the scientific study of stress and coping, psychological factors
in physical illness, health-enhancing and health-compromising behaviors, and health promotion. How do people react to, cope with and recover from illness? Why are some persons acting in accordance with
their health goals, whereas other fail to translate their good intentions into action? How can we tailor
treatments to a person’s needs and motivational state? Our group aims to examine what drives change
of health behaviors (e.g., healthy nutrition, physical activity, hand hygiene, and healthy smartphone use)
and how these behaviours can be promoted by treatments. We analyze data from (technology-based)
assessments of health behaviors over time using state-of-the-art quantitative methods.
More information about the Division of Health Psychology can be found at:
The successful candidate will:
- Conduct research in the fields of ubiquitous computing, human-computer interaction, and behavioural sciences
- Develop methods to quantify and track behaviours using sensing technologies and mobile computing devices
- Implement interventions to nudge users towards healthier behaviours
- Design, conduct, and report on studies that quantitatively and qualitatively investigate how digital
technologies can effectively change people’s behaviours for the better.
We seek applicants with a master’s degree in computer science, psychology, or related fields. Successful
candidates are expected to show proficiency in quantitative research methods and have technical
proficiency in data analysis (i.e., Python, R, or equivalent). The candidate will be expected to conduct
studies with human participants, for which relevant experience will be a plus. Proficiency in English is a
prerequisite. The University of Melbourne is strongly committed to support diversity and flexibility in the workplace.
To apply, please send the following documents to Dr. Tilman Dingler (firstname.lastname@example.org): a cover letter, a CV, Bachelor/Master certificate, and transcripts. We consider applications on a rolling basis until 20 September. We will reach out shortly after receiving your application to schedule a remote
At The University of Melbourne, students receive a tax-free annual stipend of approximately $31,000AUD.
The value of this stipend increases gradually each year. In addition, PhD students can receive additional
remuneration for teaching, marking, or other duties. Typically, these can range between $6,000AUD to
$9,000AUD per year.
We are very much looking forward to hearing from you!
Research Fellow, Digital Health
Location: Deakin University, Burwood Campus
Duration: Full time (36.75 hours per week) and fixed term to 29th August 2024
Salary: Level B $99,346 + 17% Superannuation
The Research Fellow-Digital Health is a new 3-year appointment within IPAN to advise and work on projects with IPAN academics and to strengthen research connections with the Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A2I2). This position will be located within IPAN but will be co-located approximately 1-2 days per week at A2I2, working under direction from the Head of Translational Research.
- PhD in a relevant discipline and/or advanced qualifications and experience in the relevant discipline area (digital health, computer science, engineering or health)
- Understanding of full stack development with an in-depth understanding of the front and back of user interface
- Project management experience, particularly with digital programs/projects
- Nationally recognised research reputation underpinned by a track record with peer-reviewed publications
- Success in obtaining and timely completion of external research grants
- Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to establish good working relationships with colleagues
- Undergraduate degree in computer science or related field *desirable
- Has run and dealt with complex systems to MVP stage (TRL5) *desirable
- Knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and contemporary issues *desirable
Research Fellow, Smart-Heart
Location: Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct
Duration: Fixed term,
Salary: Full-Time level D or Part-time Level E (80%)
The Associate Professor/Professor in Digital Health position is an industry sponsored and focused chair. The role involves linking the areas of Health and ICT research by working across the School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the Institute for Integrated Intelligent Systems (IIIS), and Menzies Health Institute Queensland (MHIQ). Importantly, industry outcomes underpinning the research will be fulfilled through collaboration with the Precision Medicine Data Platform (PMDP) being developed by Datarwe, located in the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct.
Possession of a doctoral qualification in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) with a specialisation in AI / trusted systems and / or big data related to healthcare.
Research Fellow, Smart-Heart
Location: Deakin University, Burwood Campus
Duration: Part-time (0.8) and fixed term for 3 years
Salary: Level B $99,346 + 17% Superannuation
We are seeking a Research Fellow to work on an NHMRC funded ideas grant to co-design, develop and evaluate a smart ecosystem that ‘connects’ different elements to support self-management of people with heart failure (called Smart-Heart). Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, you will proactively engage with a range of internal and external stakeholders to successfully deliver the project. The ideal candidate will have a background in health and IT, with demonstrated digital health expertise to contribute to this important, high profile research project.
- PhD in a relevant discipline (health or similar field, information technology, computer science) and/or other relevant qualifications and experience.
- An emerging reputation in research and scholarship through publications and/or exhibitions and success in obtaining external research funding.
- The ability to make a contribution to communities through research.
- The capacity to contribute to leadership of research and administration
- Demonstrated skills in the coordination of data collection, data recording, analysis and use.
Merlie Ivy Merchant Medical Research Scholarship
Location: University of Melbourne, Parkville
Duration: 3 years full-time
Scholarship: Approximately $32, 000 per annum full time rate, tax-free stipend
The Future Health Today Program is offering a PhD scholarship for an exceptional and talented candidate who is interested in undertaking a PhD project centred around cardiovascular disease & general practice within the Future Health Today (FHT) program. A partnership between the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne and Western Health, the FHT program focusses on optimising the detection and management of chronic disease in general practice, facilitating evidence-based care and improved patient outcomes through the use of technology. Information about the FHT program is available at: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/4mxx
If you are health care professional with an interest in the management of cardiovascular disease in the primary care setting and are interested in pursuing a career in research this may be the opportunity you have been looking for. Whilst the final project will be negotiated with the successful applicant, it is anticipated that this project will involve implementation science and use quantitative and qualitative methodologies. It will include the development and implementation of a cardiovascular disease quality improvement platform as part of the larger Future Health Today program.
Successful applicants will have an excellent academic track record and experience in general practice, implementation science or health services research in the Australian context.
Location: Macquaire University, Sydney, Australia
Start date: 2020 – onwards
Want to explore how digital technologies can help patients and consumers? Come and study Digital Health through Macquarie University’s PhD Scholarship – Digital health for patients and healthcare consumers. You’ll join the Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, a research-intensive institute and world-leading healthcare system innovators. Topic will be tailored according to successful candidate’s interests and experience.
Location: The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Start date: 2020
The University of Melbourne invites applications for a fully funded full-time PhD position in “Conceptualising and Measuring Digital Emotion Regulation” starting in 2020. The research will be conducted by the Human-Computer Interaction group in the School of Computing and Information System. This is a multidisciplinary project, funded by the Australian Research Council, that seeks to investigate whether and how people use technology to change their emotional states. The project involves experts from Computer Science and Psychology.