Associate Professor UX/HCI

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh (GB)
£51,799 to £60,022
07 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
28 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Job title: Associate Professor UX/HCI - Full Time, Permanent
Job reference: 0000016015
Date posted: 07/06/2022
Application closing date: 28/06/2022
Salary: Grade 7, £51,799 to £60,022 per annum  
Package: Excellent Benefits Package
Contractual hours: 35
Basis: Full Time 

Job description
Edinburgh Napier University’s Schools of Computing and Engineering & the Built Environment have around 200 academics, 3,100 campus-based students, and deliver programmes with professional accreditations from the British Computer Society, Institution of Engineering and Technology, Chartered Institute of Building and others. We have excellent computing, engineering and construction lab facilities based in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland's inspiring capital.

We currently have an opportunity available for an experienced academic or researcher with expertise in User Experience Design / Human – Computer Interaction (UX/HCI) or related fields to join the Creative and Social Informatics research groups where you can add to the work of the experienced team. We are looking for someone who can demonstrate enthusiasm for fundamental research, for working with industry in applied research and in the development of teaching to enhance the employability of our graduates. There is plenty of scope for research collaboration within the University and beyond.

The Role:

In this role you will be expected to deliver excellent research in your area of expertise. Areas of desirable expertise include, but are not limited to: digital media, user experience design, animation, digital story telling, human - data interaction, service design, sustainable and ethical design, social computing. As an Associate Professor you will have the opportunity to contribute to the leadership of the subject and research groups, for example by driving parts of the research agenda and contributing to the exploration of new foundational research areas.

You will be a member of our Creative and Social Informatics research groups with:

  • A research allowance of 30% of your time to expand your research – which can be increased further through external funding.
  • Access to our staff development budget for travel to conferences and to establish collaborations.
  • Extensive training and development opportunities through our Human Resources (HR) and Research, Innovation and Enterprise Office (RIE).
  • Support for grant applications and post-award running of grants from professional services colleagues in the schools and the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Office (RIE).
  • Opportunities to lead or join PhD student supervisory teams.
  • Opportunities to contribute to the leadership of the research group.

This role will allow you to explore novel and emerging areas in UX/HCI, deliver excellent quality research papers and secure substantial external research funding.

Your previous academic experience will put you in the ideal position to contribute to and build programmes and modules to support the expansion of the school’s teaching portfolio. You will also have the remit to actively contribute to our existing portfolio of applied informatics-based degree programmes.

You will also have the opportunity to expand your industry connections through our existing networks and by visiting students on one-year industry placements and on our employer-based Graduate Apprentice programme.

For a full role profile and comprehensive list of duties, please click here.

What we will need from you:

  • A doctoral level qualification in the relevant discipline.
  • Evidence of a professional academic and research profile alongside a commitment to sustained continuous professional/academic development.
  • A national or international reputation as an emerging leader in the field of research appropriate for the level of associate professor.
  • A sustained track record of internationally excellent quality output in the research area of UX/HCI appropriate for the level of associate professor.
  • A track record of securing external funding and support for research activity.
  • Evidence of academic leadership appropriate for the level of the associate professor position.
  • Evidence of relevant teaching experience.

Benefits we offer:

Competitive salary and minimum 41 days annual leave, with excellent benefits including our generous pension scheme (Employer contribution of 23% - Scottish Teachers Superannuation Scheme).

Additional Information:

Salary: Grade 7, £51,799 to £60,022 per annum 

Application closing date: 28th June 2022 at 11.59pm

Interview date: Week commencing 11th July 2022

The University is committed to inclusion, demonstrated through our work in respect of our diversity awards and accreditations and holds Disability Confident, Career Positive and Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion status. More details can be found here.