HDR Scholarship - Interactions in large scale virtual reality environments

Applications now open

A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'HDR Scholarship - Interactions in large scale virtual reality environments'.

Project Supervisor

Associate Supervisor


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

Virtual Reality (VR) is a promising new technology for entertainment, simulation, training and work and provides new opportunities for users to engage with digital content that surpasses other screen-based applications because of its immersive character. VR is often mentioned as one of the disruptive technologies of the next decade along with Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence and there are many applications to date. However, despite the high interest in the technology there are many unanswered questions relating to the design of compelling user experiences and the interaction with multi-modal sensory representations through visual, haptic, & kinaesthetic devices.

The successful applicant will join a vibrant multi-disciplinary team of active researchers in Deakin’s new research facility for Creative User-based Experiences (CUBE). CUBE provides researchers with access to most recent Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, sensor-based tracking equipment and facilitates investigation into the creative use of the technology to enable humans in a world changed by technology. CUBE is the home of Deakin’s Creative Applications Network and regularly houses Creative Technology related workshops and symposia.

Project aim

This fully funded PhD project aims to investigate the development of creative user experiences using virtual reality in combination with other emerging technology such as sensors and indoor positioning systems to facilitate natural and playful human computer interactions in real-time virtual environments. The successful candidate will utilise a research through design approach to progress knowledge through the systematic research and development of a series of prototypes/creative works followed by subsequent user testing.

The ideal candidate has a design background (game design, digital media/ interactive media) and experience in working with a game engine such as unity 3D.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Thursday 31st October 2019


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $27,596 per annum tax exempt (2019 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate or overseas

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be a domestic candidate (domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship).
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

How to apply

Learn more about submitting a successful application on the How to apply page.

Candidates interested in this research topic should contact Professor Stefan Greuter to arrange a meeting. Applicants only need to supply two referees and a CV. A research proposal is not required.


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact:

Prof Stefan Greuter
Professor of Screen and Design
Email Stefan Greuter
+61 431988400


Email Jordan Beth Vincent