Research Positions at the Department of Computing at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

[German title: Forschungsstellen an der Fakultät für Informatik der Macquarie Universität, Sydney, Australien (Translate text to: Deutsch)]

PhD / Knowledge Acquisition / Training Simulation / Virtual Reality

The Department of Computing at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia is seeking candidates to fill one or two vacant research positions:

* Researchers holding an MSc degree or Diploma in Information Technology / Electrical Engineering / Computer Science / Cognitive Science.

The applicants will work towards a PhD degree (3 years) or possibly an MPhil (2 years). Consideration will also be given to a research assistant or postdoc (1-2 years).The Department houses a Virtual Reality Lab for experimental studies. The position/s are funded by a competitive Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant. The general research topic is virtual training environment for risk assessment and spans the fields of Game Technology / Knowledge Acquisition / Language Technology / Training Simulation / Virtual Reality. Other researchers are already working on this and related projects. An indicative list of possible research topics is the following:

* risk assessment and situated learning in virtual environments
* knowledge representation, acquisition and maintenance
* how to interface a natural language component with a knowledge base thatcan be extended arbitrarily by domain experts.
* creation of intelligent agents to assist training within a multiple agent system (MAS)

The exact research topic of the new researchers will possibly combine a number of these topics and be chosen so as to match his/her experience aiming at maximum productivity.The positions are financed by the ARC and appointments are for up to 3 years. Proven research experience in one of the following fields: virtual reality, knowledge engineering, agent technology, training systems, risk assessment, cognitive modelling. Very good knowledge of English, programming competency, and strong interest in academic research are highly desired.Further information on the possible projects may be obtained by contacting A/Prof. Debbie Richards ( ).

Application forms, conditions for the award and further information on Australian Honours Equivalence are available from the Higher Degree Research Unit by phoning +61 (02) 9850 7277, by e-mailing or by downloading information from

Closing Date:  November 15, 2006

Applications should be forwarded to:
The Scholarships Officer
Higher Degree Research Unit
Cottage C4C
Macquarie University
NSW 2109

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