Research Associate/Fellow in User-centred Design & Human-Computer Interaction (fixed-term), University of Nottingham

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Research Associate/Fellow in User-centred Design & Human-Computer Interaction (fixed-term)
Closing Date
Monday, 6th February 2012
Job Type
Research & Teaching
School of Computer Science - Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute
£24370 to £35788 per annum, depending on skills & experience (£27,428 per annum minimum with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute

Horizon is a Digital Economy Research Institute that focuses on the role of ‘always-on always with you’ ubiquitous computing in the Digital Economy. It promises to transform the ways in which we work, shop, travel, learn, socialise and play. We are exploring new uses of ubiquitous computing; creating new context-aware technologies; understanding privacy, information security and regulatory issues; creating new business models; and studying the impact on people's lives. This involves working across a variety of domains, especially the creative industries and transportation.

To address these challenges Horizon brings together an interdisciplinary team from across the university with expertise from a wide variety of backgrounds besides computer science, including: engineering, psychology, business, the geospatial sciences, sociology, social science and the arts.

A key research challenge for the future Digital Economy is to understand how to design for users’ interactions with ubiquitous computing and sensor technologies. We are particularly interested in the widespread impact of ubiquitous computing as it moves out of technology rich research labs initially to the urban spaces which are rich in supporting services and then to rural environments including developing nations where the technical infrastructure is emerging and less fully featured.  Through design-led activities we wish to understand users’ attitudes and perceptions of ubiquitous computing and their willingness to engage with future technologies emerging from the digital society.

Horizon Digital Economy Research, a £40M initiative funded by Research Councils UK, The University of Nottingham and over 40 academic and industrial partners, brings together an interdisciplinary team with expertise from a wide variety of backgrounds including computer science, geospatial science, engineering, psychology, sociology, business, and the arts.  Further information about Horizon is available at:

We seek candidates with a strong background in Human-Computer Interaction (to at least Masters, or equivalent, level plus significant relevant experience) to provide design support and research in a variety of research initiatives within Horizon. The positions will require knowledge of, and hands-on experience in, interaction design, but will also require use of qualitative empirical research methods (including Human Computer Interaction (HCI) research methods), and a strong track record of high quality publications, commensurate with the candidate’s level of experience.  The ideal candidates must be keen to bring their skills and experience into the interdisciplinary team addressing the overall socio-technical challenges of the future Digital Economy. Candidates having submitted, or being close to submission of, a relevant PhD are particularly encouraged to apply.

This full-time post will be offered on a fixed-term contract until 30 September 2014.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor D McAuley, tel: 0115 846 8381 or email: Please note that applications sent directly to these email addresses will not be accepted. 

This is a re-advertisement and previous candidates need not apply.

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