Senior Research Assistant - Faculty of Engineering and Environment

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
15 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
12 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The EPSRC funded Digital Economy Research Centre (DERC) is engaged in research to theorise, design, develop, and evaluate new digitally mediated models of citizen participation that engage communities, the third sector, local government and (crucially) the commercial digital economy in developing the future of local service provision and local democracy. Northumbria University’s social computing lab, “NorSC”, is a partner in DERC, and we are currently seeking to appoint a new Senior Research Assistant to lead aspects of human computer interaction (HCI) research in line with the DERC project. This research will be conducted in collaboration with external partners (including Open Lab at Newcastle University) and internal collaborators (including the School of Design and Dept of Psychology at Northumbria). In particular, we are seeking to appoint an experienced researcher who can lead the development and implementation of new innovative technologies and applications. The successful candidate will also contribute to the planning and running of workshops and engagements with research participants as well as the collection and analysis of data from interviews, design workshops and technology evaluations. Candidates with experience of applying HCI methods in the contexts of ageing, civic participation or activism or particularly encouraged to reply.

You will have a PhD (or one that is close to completion) in HCI or a related aspect of human-centred computing. Experience in the development of software designed for novel, in-the-wild, HCI interventions is a necessity. It is also expected you will have a track-record of publishing in leading venues, such as CHI,  in these fields. Since the research conducted across DERC is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary; you will have demonstrable experience and interest to work in multi-disciplinary teams.

Excellent communication skills, as well as familiarity with a range of desktop publishing is essential. You will also bring research experience and understanding of designing and conducting studies and evaluations of technologies ‘in the wild’. It is expected you will have some prior experience of appropriate data collection and analysis, and be comfortable with working with a range of end-users.

The project will require the post holder to travel around the UK for short periods during specific phases and this may include occasional overseas conference travel. You will also need a willingness to work occasional weekends required for the project.

For informal enquiries about this post, please contact Professor Shaun Lawson or Professor Jayne Wallace

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