Senior Lecturer in Human Computer Interaction

Birmingham, West Midlands (GB)
£46,376 to £50,408 per annum
02 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
06 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Lecturer in Human Computer Interaction
School of Computing and Digital Technology
Location:     Birmingham, England
Salary:     £46,376 to £50,408 per annum
Closing Date:     Wednesday 06 January 2021
Interview Date:     To be confirmed
Reference:     112020-432

Located in a modern £300M campus in the heart of Birmingham, the School of Computing and Digital Technology is a thriving, vibrant, and inspiring learning community committed to excellence in research, high quality teaching and impactful industrial engagement. Building on continuous success in student growth and in sustained advancement of research activities, the school has embarked on a programme of extensive expansion funded by substantial long-term investments. 

Our growing teams are teaching, exploring and practising in some of the most exciting areas in the field of computing and the processing of digital media. Our research groups include the DMT Lab (who specialise in HCI/UX research around augmented/virtual reality systems, accessibility and assistive technology, multimodal interfaces, future networks, and audio/music information retrieval); data science and big data analytics, and cybersecurity and digital forensics.

We are a practice-based school, making our teaching and research relevant to the evolving market for computer skills by partnering with local and global enterprise in areas such as smart cities, medical applications, the media production industry, and IoT applications. This is particularly relevant in our MSc User Experience Design course where students are encouraged to work on existing innovative research projects or in partnership with external industry organisations to tackle real-world issues. We work in a collaborative and cross disciplinary culture, where interacting freely across the school and with colleagues is encouraged to gain a unique insight into impactful problem domains. 

We invite applications to join our integrated teaching and research teams in the DMT Centre  For this role we are particularly seeking applicants who bring skills in Human Computer Interaction with a strong technical background. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leading the development of high quality research outputs in reputable journals and conference proceedings (in collaboration with colleagues in the HCI group), as well as in developing bids and partnerships for research funding.
  • Teaching as a member of the HCI and Digital Media Technology team in a variety of settings from small group tutorials to large lectures at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Developing own teaching materials and managing learner cohorts.
  • Ensuring the efficient delivery of teaching programmes in accordance with the University’s strategy, policy and procedures.
  • Setting and marking assessments, as well as providing constructive feedback to students.
  • Seeking ways of improving performance by reflecting on teaching design/delivery and obtaining/analysing feedback.
  • Ability to lead and work closely with industry partners to realise the DMT Centre’s aim to be an international authority in HCI research and practice. 

Skills and Experience


  • Hold a PhD in HCI, UX, or a related applied technical computing subject, or have equivalent industry experience.  
  • Excellent working knowledge of interaction design, usability testing, experimental design, and statistical analysis (quantitative/qualitative). 
  • Applicants should have demonstrated excellent teaching in higher education or have presented to technical audiences in an industry setting. 
  • Experience of HCI/Usability for the web with experience of technical web development.     
  • Excellent team working and communication skills.


  • Eligible for Senior Fellow status under the Higher Education Academy’s Professional Standards Framework.
  • Experience of designing and leading modules in a Higher Education environment.
  • Have a strong record of research and research publications. 
  • A proven record of attracting research funding and partnering across their areas of practice.
  • Experience of HCI and UX in an industry context.

For an informal discussion of the post, please contact Dr Ian Williams on +44 (0)121 331 5458. 

With around 24,000 students from 80 countries, Birmingham City University is a large and diverse place to study. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success. The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment. Our superb courses, state-of-the-art facilities, first-rate staff, and focus on practical skills and professional relevance is producing some of the country’s most employable graduates. 

We put £270 million into the regional economy and support thousands of jobs in the area. We're investing £260 million in our estate, including a major expansion of our city centre campus at Eastside, providing students with an enviable range of facilities. The Complete University Guide ranked us as a top 30 UK university for spending on facilities in 2015.

Our staff and student community is defined by our core values, which outline who we are as a University and how we will work with each other. Our core values are Excellence, People focused, Partnership working and Fairness and integrity.

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