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Research Associate / Senior Research Associate in Multisensory Interaction & Education

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University of Bristol

Merchant Venturers' School of Engineering
£32,004-£36,001 Grade I, £36,001-£40,523 Grade J
Full time
Open ended contract staff
Job number: ACAD102466

Applications are invited for a Research Associate/Senior Research Associate position in the Bristol Interaction Group (BIG Lab) within the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bristol.

The role is part of the EPSRC project “Crossmodal Interactive Tools for Inclusive Learning”, which aims at investigating novel multisensory learning and teaching technologies that supports inclusive interaction between visually-impaired and sighted children in mainstream schools.

We are using an iterative user-centred approach combining participatory design activities with empirical research into multimodal and crossmodal interaction to find out how different senses can be effectively integrated with visual capabilities to support group work. We are engaged with local schools to design and research multisensory tools for teaching and learning purposes, focusing on accommodating curriculum requirements and social processes surrounding collaborative learning.

We are looking for a candidate with solid skills in software and hardware development, expertise in HCI, and an interest in multisensory interaction and accessibility. They will work with partner schools to conduct research that ranges from accessible participatory design to software and hardware development, and experimental user studies and evaluation. There will be freedom and flexibility in shaping the research project within its broader objectives.

The successful candidate must hold a PhD in Computer Science or related disciplines, with strong programming and development skills and a strong track record in relevant HCI research as evidenced by publications in appropriate venues. They will have an appreciation for user-centred design approaches and work well independently as well as part of a team. Experience in multisensory and collaborative systems development will be valued.

You will be based within BIG Lab ( at the University of Bristol and work in close collaboration with the principal investigator of the project, Dr Oussama Metatla, as well as other Research Associates and PhD students in the lab who are looking at designing multisensory user interfaces. The group consists of 5 permanent staff members from computer science/hardware electronics and two visiting fellows who bring expertise in sociology and ethnography. This diverse mix of researchers drives the research interests of this group, which is concerned with drawing together traditionally disparate fields of electronic hardware with human interaction in public settings. The group’s existing facilities include a 100m2 dedicated prototyping laboratory next to our research offices populated with supporting materials and equipment. We are a vibrant team who have collectively publish every year at top conferences like CHI, UIST and currently hold over £5m of external research funding from government and industry.

This post is being offered on a full time, open ended contract with funding up to March 2020.

It is anticipated that interviews will take place around the beginning of March 2017

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr. Oussama Metatla

The University is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive culture. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities.

To apply, please click here.

The closing date for applications is 19 March 2017.

Status: Researcher
Location: Bristol, UNITED KINGDOM
Advert Published: 17 Feb 2017
Expiry date: 19 Mar 2017
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