Research Fellow, Health Interactive Technologies

Southampton, United Kingdom
£32,348 to £39,745 per annum
15 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
09 Sep 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Agents, Interactions & Complexity

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £32,348 to £39,745 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 3 years
Closing Date:  Friday 09 September 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1937822FP

PhD in Computer Science/Human Computer Interaction (HCI) or Related? Want to use your creative skills to help #makeNormalBetter 4all @scale? Come join the WellthLab 

How do you design technology to help people build the knowledge, skills and practice they need to feel better – possibly without that very technology? How create interactive technology, for individual to infrastructure to help people, groups, communities thrive – all day long. 

A research fellowship in the

If you have a background in Computer Science, Human Computer Interactions (HCI) and / or related areas in BioTech and/or Human Performance, embrace HCI experimental methodology, are interested in co-design with real people for real benefit, then join us in the wellthLab.

Some of the projects you’d be engaged on:

  • Elder Athletes and Incidental Interaction (priority project) – exploration in how to design interaction to help elders use what they already do for strength to build strength. Getting out of a chair is a strength move; pulling a door closed, putting a can on a shelf, getting out of bed – all these require strength, balance and visual orientation – how design interaction to help elders use these familiar actions to build strength to make life easier and have independence sustained longer? 
  • Synthesising co-presence – What makes in person interaction more intimate and often more challenging than online meetings? What signals and qualities in human co-presente interaction might we synthesise to create better quality of interaction when remote? 
  • Non-visual Augmented Reality for Learning in Context – Movement and memory go together. How can we leverage movement over and through our environment to build new skills – from second language acquisition, to way finding, to social interaction skills building  – as just a few examples of how movement, memory and a little bit of computational augmentation might help us build knowledge, skills and practice to thrive  better, faster, longer.
  • Future of Healthful Work – Is the future of work only hybrid working?  That is it’s being sedentary in different places? If we know sitting is unhealthful, what does healthful work look and feel like? And what are the interactive technologies that will support it? What if instead of “smart watches” telling us to stand up from time to time, our work had healthful practices wired in – no reminders required because it was healthful out of the box? Instead of having to “exercise” to recover from the strains of work, what if great healthful work eliminated the need for “exercise”? What would the role of interactive technologies be? And what would be the methodologies of their interactions? Take a look at our Experiment in a Box paper for examples.

If these projects are motivating to you, come join us. To be successful, you’ll be happiest if you have research interests in human performance, health and wellbeing, and hold a PhD* in a relevant area for example Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction or equivalent professional qualifications and experience. 

Our lab takes an  Inbodied Interaction approach,to these areas. You can find background information on our research and theory on the WellthLab website.
Besides your passion and insights, we are looking for your skills to prototype and test ideas using Javascript and React – for iOS and Android - as well as having knowledge of mixed-methods research and experience running user studies.  Along with these skills you need to be comfortable analysing study data using appropriate statistics and complementing quantitative analysis with qualitative methods. You’ll be expected to point to clear examples of those skills – journal papers, projects, or similar. 

Because these projects are all engaging human physical performance, having qualifications or practical experience in some motor learning activity such as acoustic instrument performance, or team or individual sport will be a benefit. 

Interest in physiological signal processing from EEG to breathing and/or creating tactile interactions is also of interest. 

The WellthLab is interdisciplinary – our members are mainly situated in the Electronics and Computer Science School of the University of Southampton. We also collaborate with academics in Physiology, Psychology, Humanities, Arts and Sociology. As such, we are looking for people who are motivated to collaborate with these teams, and who are keen to build their research leadership skills, to develop innovative, strong research contributions, and to become a field leader in inbodied interaction approaches to help #makeNormalBetter for all, at scale. 

 If you have the drive to do the challenging work to succeed at an international level, you’ll be in great company. While you help us all #makeNormalBetter for all at scale, we are committed to help you build your career.
If you have any questions, please contact prof m.c. schraefel directly at

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Electronics and Computer Science. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic, LGBT+ and disabled applicants to apply. We are committed to improving equality for women in science and have been successful in achieving an Athena SWAN bronze award in April 2020.   

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  The WellthLab itself is committed to social justice, sustainability and contributing to a circular economy in all work. 

 **subject to qualifying criteria

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded, the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Lauren Ward (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email Please quote reference 1937822FP on all correspondence.

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