UK:Research Assistant Prototyping Open Innovation Models for ICT-Enabled Manufacturing in Food and Packaging at Brunel University

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Duration: Fixed term – 1 year

Salary (GradeR1): £32,590 pa incl. London Weighting

Description: Brunel Design has an outstanding reputation for research both nationally and internationally. It fosters extensive and positive links with industry and commerce, resulting in programmes at Undergraduate, Masters and research level that are highly relevant to the needs of the business world. The quality of all these activities is reflected in excellent government research and teaching ratings. We view design and engineering as broadly based and interconnected disciplines, leading to commercially viable solutions backed up by sound technological reasoning and investigation. The interdisciplinarity of this approach extends across subjects as diverse as electrical, electronic, manufacturing and materials engineering, IT and management and there is extensive collaboration between research groups and with other disciplines of the University.

We are now recruiting for the above position to join the Prototyping Open Innovation Models for ICT-Enabled Manufacturing in Food and Packaging project, funded by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Council Future ICT-Enabled Manufacturing – cross-disciplinary research clusters.

Brunel University is collaborating with Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute (University of Nottingham) to explore crowdsourcing platforms that will enable consumers to be involved in the food and packaging innovation process. The aim of the project is to de-bottleneck and streamline the food innovation pipeline using a cloud-based software platform that employs open innovation models to engage consumers in the product development loop. This is a multi-disciplinary project involving experts in computer science, advanced manufacturing, and design.

Eligibility: We are looking to recruit a research assistant to work on the design aspects of the project, specifically to work with computer scientists to develop the design for the crowdsourcing interface, which will include user-centred design activities to map images to sensory properties of food and, interaction design to build meaning and affordance into the interface.You will have a postgraduate degree in Interaction Design, Industrial Design, Product Design (or related discipline), and have expertise in interaction design, interface design, user-centred design. Experience of web design and programming (Java), as well as experience of working with members of the public, working in a multi-disciplinary team would be an advantage. You should be an open-minded creative person, and have a keen interest in social media.

More Info: Informal enquiries regarding this post should be made to the Head of Design, Dr Sharon BaurleySharon.Baurley@Brunel.ac.uk

Closing date for applications: Friday 13th September 2013

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