Research Fellow in Exertion Games

Monash University


Research Fellow – Exertion Games Lab

Job No.: 602686

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 3-year fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: $99,147 - $117,738 pa Level B (plus 17% employer superannuation)

  • Be inspired, every day
  • Drive your own learning at one of the world’s top 80 universities
  • Take your career in exciting, rewarding directions

Everyone needs a platform to launch a satisfying career. At Monash, we give you the space and support to take your career in all kinds of exciting new directions. You’ll have access to quality research, infrastructure and learning facilities, opportunities to collaborate internationally, as well as the grants you’ll need to publish your work. We’re a university full of energetic and enthusiastic minds, driven to challenge what’s expected, expand what we know, and learn from other inspiring, empowering thinkers.

Monash University strongly advocates diversity, equality, fairness and openness. We fully support the gender equity principles of the Athena SWAN Charter and invite you to join us in celebrating women in STEMM.

The Opportunity

In an exciting development for Monash University’s Faculty of IT, Professor Floyd Mueller has recently joined the Department of Human Centred Computing, bringing with him the innovative and ground-breaking Exertion Games Lab, which researches the future of play and games in order to understand how to design better interactive experiences.  Within the lab there is a particular focus on games that put the human body in the centre of the experience, and draws from interaction design, sports, psychology, human-computer interaction (HCI) and embodiment thinking to contribute to human-player interaction.

Topics of interest include:

  • Digital aquatic play (with Sarah Jane Pell)
  • Interactive muscle memory (motor memory) (with Elise van den Hoven)
  • Human-Computer Integration
  • Interactive eating
  • Playing with flying pixels (i.e. quadcopters)
  • Interactive rock-climbing

The amazing space that houses the lab includes a full-size rock-climbing wall, and dozens of amazing toys and gadgets, and encourages a hands-on collaborative environment that is unlike any other research environment.  The culture in the Exertion Games Lab is one of interdisciplinary work. We emphasize the development of working prototypes in order to fully understand what play is, why we play, and how we will play in the future. We do this because we believe playing is a fundamental part of what makes us humans who we are, and an understanding of this brings us closer to our vision of a better world filled with interactive technologies that support human values.

The Exertion Games Lab is looking for a candidate who values an interdisciplinary design studio environment. You will be highly motivated, extremely creative as well as technical, and also have highly developed analytical and communicative skills. Prior research experience (publications in relevant venues, etc.) is required and so are hardware prototyping abilities (Arduino, etc.) and programming skills. We are looking at creativity, excellence and drive.

You might find it useful to read about the lab’s vision:
Mueller, F., Byrne, R., Andres, J., Patibanda, R. Experiencing the Body as Play. Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI 2018. ACM. Talk video. Best Paper Award (top 1%).

This is a full-time position; however, flexible working conditions may be negotiated.

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Professor Floyd Mueller, +613 9902 9956,

Position Description

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Closing Date

Monday 17 February 2020, 11:55 pm AEDT

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