Postdoc Opportunity in Positive Computing

Postdoctoral Research Position
in Technology and Wellbeing

School of Electrical & Information Engineering
Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI)
The University of SydneyREFERENCE NO. 1239/0515
  • Project supporting mental health with technology
  • Opportunity to develop your research profile in human-computer interaction, mobile apps and mental health
  • 3 year fixed-term contract - remuneration: up to $104,602 pa (which includes a base salary range level A of $88,390k p.a., leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation)
The University of Sydney is Australia's first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. It employs over 7500 permanent staff, supporting over 52,000 students.

The project is between the Software Engineering group at the School of Electrical and Information Engineering, and the Brain and Mind Research Institute. The Software Engineering Group develops software applications to support health, mental health and psychological wellbeing. This project is funded by Beyondblue to support men’s mental health in the workplace. The postdoc will collaborate with staff in the group and with partners at BMRI, Beyondblue, Blackdog Institute, Fire NSW, Police NSW and others.

The School of Electrical and Information Engineering has a research tradition built upon strong disciplines supported by faculties and schools, cross-disciplinary initiatives, and commitment to both rigour and depth in research and research training. The School of Electrical and Information Engineering has a reputation for the quality of its graduates, for the breadth, depth and innovation in its undergraduate curriculum and for the strength of its research and postgraduate teaching programs. Major research outcomes have been achieved in the fields of power engineering, telecommunication engineering, bioelectronics engineering, computer engineering, and software engineering. For more information please visit:

As one of the Asia Pacific regions most highly rated education and research institutions, Sydney Medical School offers unparalleled opportunities to undertake research. As an institute with the school, the BMRI has a fundamental commitment to the long-neglected areas of brain and mind disorders, pursuing genuine partnerships with the wider community as a vital part of their research and activities.

We are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to develop and evaluate a mobile app for detecting people at risk of mental illness.

In this role you will:
  • assist in further development of Internet based mental health interventions, based on findings and outcomes in the literature and other projects
  • assist in the design, development, and evaluation of an app for the deployment of mental health interventions
  • take the lead in the design, development, and evaluation of a machine learning techniques to analyse self-report questionnaires and behaviour. Other developers and UX will provide support
  • take the lead in the writing up of reports, peer reviewed journal articles and conference papers/presentations
  • assist in obtaining ethics clearance for the qualitative and quantitative phases of the research and evaluation
  • undertake systematic literature reviews and appraise human-computer interaction, mobile and positive computing research
  • liaise with the various stakeholders on the project informing them of project progress and that the research is directly related to end user needs.

To secure this role you must have:
  • a PhD in Software Engineering or Computer Science
  • excellent quantitative research skills
  • experience in the design and development of internet applications and NLP systems
  • strong verbal and written communication skills
  • strong software development skills, particularly in Java, Javascript and mobile platforms
  • ability to work well as part of a team
  • ability to meet tight work deadlines
  • strong publication record (desirable)
To be considered for this position it is essential that you address the online selection criteria. For guidance on how to apply visit: How to apply for an advertised position.

Remuneration package: up to $104,602 pa (which includes a base salary range level A of $88,390k p.a., leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation)

Enquiries regarding the position may be directed to Prof Rafael Calvo via email  General enquiries regarding the recruitment process may be directed to Dan Kuhner at  or call on +61 2 8627 0934

CLOSING DATE:  15 July 2015 (11:30pm Sydney Time). 

Apply here.