R200059 - Research Associate - Design for Digital Age

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Birmingham, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime

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Engineering & Applied Science
Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Salary:  £33,797 to £35,845
Grade:  Grade 08
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (18 Months)
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Friday 27 March 2020
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  R200059
Release Date:  Tuesday 11 February 2020

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on an exciting inter-disciplinary project funded under the EPSRC’s People at the Heart of Software Engineering programme. Working in a fantastic team of world-leading experts in Design Thinking, Human Computer Interaction, Software Engineering and Machine Learning from Aston University and Warwick University, the successful applicant will develop leading-edge skills at the interface of software engineering and design as well as obtain valuable industrial experience with our project partners such as BT Group, FoldingSpace and Arcadis. 

Based in the Department of Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering & Design, you will develop methods, tools and techniques to help Stakeholders and Software Engineers understand the societal impact of over-the-horizon digital technologies. The goal is to enhance our ability to anticipate the disruption and uncertainty caused by new intelligent systems. This post will focus on a fusion of design thinking and software engineering by applying design methodologies and toolcases such as speculative design to the specification and design of software systems. 

You will hold or about to be awarded a PhD in Design, Human Computer Interaction, Requirements Engineering or a related area. You will have experience of applying design thinking and co-creation approaches such as speculative design to digital products. You will also have the ability to synthesize new problem understanding and design techniques, evaluate and refine them and disseminate your research findings at conferences and journals.

You are encouraged to send an informal enquiry to Dr. Wei Liu (w.liu10@aston.ac.uk) or Prof. Pete Sawyer (p.sawyer@aston.ac.uk).  


Further particulars and application forms are available in alternative formats on request i.e. large print, Braille, tape or CD Rom.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact HR via recruitment@aston.ac.uk


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