UK: Research Fellow: Design and HCI

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RESEARCH FELLOW
SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Salary from £27,319 to £35,646 a year, with potential progression to
£37,839 a year

Want to make a demonstrable difference? Interested in undertaking research with a social conscience?

A Research Fellow is required to support a new EPSRC research grant entitled “Taking on the Teenagers – Using Adolescent Energy to Reduce Energy Use”.  This will look at innovative ways to design and implement technologies and devices that support teenagers to monitor and reduce their energy usage.  The post is available from 1st October 2010 for a period of 30 months.

The role of the Research Fellow will be to undertake two strands of
work: firstly, to develop an online portal to collect stories of teenager energy use, using social and mobile media to engage and capture these; secondly, to create innovative design concepts for ‘cool’ devices to support teens in their attempts to save energy and to encourage others to do the same.  They will also be involved in the evaluation of these concepts, the systems that the project produces, and will also contribute to the work of the project as a whole. This is a multisite project with partners being the Universities of Central Lancashire, Swansea, London Knowledge Lab & Northumbria.

The successful applicant will join the Advanced Interaction Group in the School of Computer Science, which itself is collaborating with colleagues in other parts of the University in a new centre for HCI.
This centre is being created with substantial University investment, and will expand the existing research in this domain and integrate existing activities across the newly-created College of Engineering and Physical Science.

Applicants should have a substantial track record of research in human- computer interaction or design, though we are also interested in nurturing and developing future stars who may not yet have established their reputation, and so applicants who have submitted or are about to submit their theses will also be considered. The ideal candidates will have completed, or be near completion of, a PhD relevant to the research area; ideally in Design, Human-Computer Interaction, or Psychology, and will be able to demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach to their research.  They should be able to demonstrate an excellent and accelerating record of publications in journals and conferences, engagement with the HCI community nationally and internationally. The successful candidate will be required to complete a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.

The successful applicants will also contribute to the development of the HCI centre, including influencing its strategic direction and research agenda. They will be expected to contribute to the academic life of the host school, including some teaching and administration.
Applicants should be good communicators with demonstrable skills in teaching, research presentation and management.

For an informal discussion about the posts, please contact Dr Russell Beale (R.Beale@cs.bham.ac.uk), +44 (0) 121 414 3729.  Further details can also be found at the following link: – http://hci.bham.ac.uk/

Closing Date:      22nd August
2010
Ref
: 43575

To download the details and submit an electronic application online
visit: www.hr.bham.ac.uk/jobs alternatively information can be obtained from 0121 415 9000.

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