POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW   (no longer vacant)

Job Summary

UTS has a bold vision to be a world-leading university of technology. We are a dynamic and innovative university in central Sydney, consistently ranked the top young university in Australia. With a culturally diverse campus life and extensive international exchange and research programs, UTS prepares graduates for the workplaces of today and tomorrow.

An opportunity has arisen for an early career researcher to join a team working on an ARC Discovery Indigenous project, #thismymob: Establishing digital land rights and reconnecting Indigenous communities through emerging technologies. This project is the first to inform the design and leadership of a national-scale, Indigenous-led technology development project in Australia. We aim to establish the notion of digital land rights, which asserts the right of Indigenous peoples to a safe online space that they control. Through designing and evaluating a mobile app, the project aims to investigate how social technology can enhance wellbeing by connecting Indigenous communities, and how we can design culturally appropriate and sensitive technologies for Indigenous peoples and their communities.

In creating and testing a useful technology that will improve connectedness and wellbeing for Indigenous Australians, this Indigenous-led project will develop a national framework for technology research and development, inform the development of post-secondary curricula for Indigenous software engineering, and create pathways towards an environment that supports Indigenous developers, entrepreneurs and startups to manage the development and ongoing operation of Indigenous-owned technology.

Detailed Description

The research team has a unique mix of expertise, research skills and experience across the fields of Information Technology, Indigenous health, and Epidemiology. The Chief Investigators (CIs) on this multidisciplinary cross-institutional project consists of Health Epidemiologist, Indigenous researcher, Associate Professor Christopher Lawrence (UTS), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) researcher, Dr Greg Wadley (University of Melbourne), and Participatory Design/Interaction Design researcher, Associate Professor Tuck Leong (UTS). The methodology will draw upon techniques used in these disciplines and in particular Participatory Design methods and HCI.

Given the multidisciplinary nature of the project, we seek to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow with one or more of the following expertise: HCI, Interaction Design, Participatory Design, Software Engineering, Health (Indigenous). Other suitable/related disciplines may be considered.

The project spans four (4) research sites in Australia (WA, NT, VIC and NSW). Participatory Design will be used to co-design a mobile application with participants.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to the research project and will be based in the School of Software (SoS) at UTS Faculty of Engineering & IT. The main responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate and manage all aspects of the project
  • Analyse results of fieldwork
  • Lead quality publications at relevant publishing venues
  • Coordinate and liaise with software developers on the development of the mobile app prototype
  • Assist the project CIs to manage research projects

As a member of the SoS and FEIT, you will be accountable for achieving UTS vision of becoming a leading international technology university.

Selection Criteria


  • A PhD in one of the relevant disciplines
  • Strong communication and writing skills


  • Mobile app development
  • Ethnographic
  • Researching with Indigenous Australians
  • Good publication track record


Salary:  $100,000 pa

This role attracts 17% superannuation in addition to the base salary.

This appointment will be on a 2 year fixed term basis (commencing early 2018).

Our commitment to work/life support includes benefits such as flexible work practices, child care centres, generous parental leave and support to carers.

Whilst as Australia’s premier city, Sydney is consistently ranked in the top 10 cities worldwide for quality-of-living

How to Apply

Prior to commencing your application please review the selection criteria and contact Associate Professor Christopher Lawrence at

This will give us a chance to speak to you and to discuss your suitability to this complex but highly interesting project.