Post Doctoral Fellow in the College of Engineering

University of Canterbury

New Zealand


What You Will Do
The Human Interface Technology Lab New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, NZ has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral researcher.
This two-year position will focus on the design, implementation, evaluation, and deployment of multisensory feedback techniques in immersive Virtual Reality (VR) systems. The work will involve research into methods for generating and delivering multisensory cues in concert to produce user experiences that mimic real-world situations in high fidelity.
In addition, novel user interface techniques focusing on expressive, non-fatiguing interaction that can be used to support long-duration VR use will be designed and evaluated.

Who You Are
The successful candidate must have completed a PhD in a VR-related field, such as computer science, and have a history of successful work in conducting user studies in VR, as evidenced by publications in appropriate venues.
Significant mentoring of the successful candidate will be provided by senior academic staff, giving the candidate a solid research foundation essential for future academic success. The candidate will be given significant freedom to help manage and guide the more-junior members of the research team, and as such, build skills in project and team management.
Results of the work will be submitted for publication in leading journal and conference venues, and there is significant budget for travel to present the work.
The candidate will also have the opportunity to assist in delivering courses within our Master of Human Interface Technology programme, covering topics around usability, prototyping, and evaluation.

Who You Will Work With
The HIT Lab NZ is one of the leading research labs focused on human-centred design of technology to support people in all facets of their lives. We put the person first, and then apply an appropriate mix of technology for that person in the context of the tasks they are doing. The Lab is very international in flavour, and interdisciplinary in thought and approach.
For more information on the HIT Lab NZ, please visit:

Why UC
The University of Canterbury is committed to promoting a world-class learning environment through research and teaching excellence, and has a vision statement of “People Prepared to Make a Difference”. You will have the opportunity to work alongside members of a diverse academic community and enrich your own professional and personal development.

For information about the range of fantastic benefits that UC offers including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions, please visit us:
Needless to say, New Zealand provides an unbelievable setting to perform this work, and the HIT Lab NZ values a balanced approach to work and life. Christchurch is the prime spot to launch excursions around New Zealand, as it has an international airport, and is in the middle of South Island. This provides easy access to beaches, pristine forests with extensive, well-maintained walking and mountain-biking tracks, excellent skiing in winter, and easy connections to other locations such as Australia. Christchurch is also very family friendly.
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The closing date for this position is: August 17th, 2019 (Midnight NZ time)

Applications for this position are submitted online and should include a cover letter (describing background, suitability for the position, your recent and future research projects), a curriculum vitae which includes a list of relevant research publications, and the names and contact details of two referees. Please ensure your application is uploaded as a single pdf file and that the file name is your surname only.
We are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to Lorna Grubb, Recruitment Coordinator,  
For further information specifically about the role, please contact Chris Buyarski,    
Internal candidates should apply via the Careers option in Employee Self-Service
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