Lecturer in UX Design

at University of Newcastle

About Us

At the University of Newcastle, our staff are curious. We think big, see opportunity and are open to ideas and ask why. We share wisdom and partner with colleagues in Australia and around the globe to create an enduring impact. And we're courageous - bold thinkers who have the confidence to take risks and to inspire change. 

The mission of the School of Creative Industries, within the Faculty of Education and Arts, is to expand beyond the traditional boundaries of the creative industries and build active collaborations with a diverse range of communities, cultural organisations, governments, business and industry partners.  We seek to drive innovation that contributes to the social, cultural and economic transformation of our regions and to deliver transformational research with global impact for the betterment of society. Our degrees prepare graduates to expand and apply their creative talents through the development of practice-based skills that are relevant and in demand across the spectrum of creative and other industries.

The School of Creative Industries is building a creative and cultural presence in Newcastle’s CBD with workspaces in our City campus (NeW Space), a $95 million landmark education precinct in the heart of Newcastle’s CBD, named as one of the world's top 'Smart Cities' to watch in 2017 by Global magazine National Geographic Traveller. Next door to New Space’s innovative teaching facilities is the recently refurbished Heritage listed building – University House - a place where we enable the makers of today and tomorrow. It’s home to our Design studios, equipped with the latest digital tools for creating pixel perfect professional quality work. Also in the city precinct is a thriving undergraduate and community music programme with a packed schedule of contemporary performances operating from the School’s Conservatorium of Music. The next phase of our development is a space for experiences, information and learning not delineated by walls. A mix of arts, media, objects and wonder; our state of the art innovation and creative industries building will provide additional studios and performance spaces for making Extended, Augmented and Virtual Reality work alongside animation, game-art, film and television.

Researchers in our Future Arts, Science and Technology Laboratory - FASTLab – will collaborate with start-ups, social enterprises and industry partners on research that makes a difference in the real world.

Is NEW for you?

As a lecturer you will contribute to the delivery of the University’s Strategic Plan in Creative Industries as a key member of the School providing excellence in Research and Innovation, Teaching and Learning, and Service and Engagement. Combining your sound academic research expertise with teaching experience, course co-ordination skills, and gaining recognition for your contribution to research, teaching, and postgraduate supervision, whilst contributing to community engagement.

About the Role

The School of Creative Industries (SOCI) in the faculty of Education and Arts invites applications for a full-time Lecturer in User Experience Design (UXD). This is a key faculty position to develop and deliver the content and pedagogy of SOCI programmes in the area of UXD for digital applications and services and to contribute knowledge and expertise in the growing areas of experiential and affective design across the School.

The ideal candidate will have strong graphic and idea visualization skills; a background in contextual research; experience with prototyping and the ability to create compelling user interfaces that generate engaging interactive experiences with the user.

They will have demonstrable ability to apply methodologies of UX Design and research to a range of digital platforms and product development. They will be cognate of the growing areas of experiential and affective design.

They will be able to teach data-driven design techniques, data visualisation and be fully conversant with information structures and end-user functionality.

They will have great networks with the interpersonal skills and abilities to maintain existing and generate new national, international, community and industry partnerships to support teaching, research and funding.

They will be able to demonstrate commitment to providing a rich and diverse learning experience through the integration of multicultural approaches and perspectives into our curriculum and research tools.

They will be able to participate as an active member of the School’s research group(s) and thematic clusters displaying knowledge of current and future trends in the broader creative industries.

We are committed to ensuring the ‘fit’ is right for both the candidate and the School at this exciting time in our development. We realise that it is not likely that anyone will have all the above or following qualifications, skills and attributes but our ideal team member for this post will have:

  • A PhD in a relevant field, or near completion of a PhD in a relevant field.

  • Demonstrable experience in UX Design, and expertise in one or more of the following:

  • Prototyping

  • Human centred design methods;
  • Interaction and UI design;
  • Experience and/or affective design;
  • Industry standard user testing methods;
  • Usability;
  • Adaptive, responsive and mobile web design;
  • Personas;
  • Information architecture;

  • The ability to operate in a cross-disciplinary context, teaching across design and creative industries.

  • A significant interest in transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration

  • Demonstrable experience obtaining research funding and delivering quality research outputs performance in traditional and/or none traditional forms at a national level; with the ability to translate research into commercial impact and engagement.

  • Ability to supervise practice-based PhD’s

  • An openness to sharing ideas, experience and knowledge with others

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply.

What NEW can offer?

From a flexible working environment to discounts in private health insurance and gym memberships, we offer access to a wide range of employee benefits including salary packaging. You can learn more about these at:


We provide opportunities for all people regardless of their background and experience, and this philosophy is reflected across all that we do.

The remuneration is from $97,268 to $115,507 pa + 17% super and is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

How to Apply for this job

**Your next steps** Apply via the following link: https://unewp.ascenderpay.com/ords/wss_unewp/WK8127$VAC.QueryView?P_VACANCY_REF_NO=3878 Your application will be assessed on selection criteria. Read all information about the role so you understand what is required. In addition: Follow all directions and complete all necessary fields of the application; and In your selection criteria demonstrate clearly how your skills and experience meet each point and should be a maximum of four pages.

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