Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction Design


UCL Department / Division: Computer Science
Specific unit / Sub department: Intel Collaborative Institute for Sustainable and Connected Cities Grades: 7-8
Hours: Full Time
Salary(inclusive of London allowance)
Grade 7: £32,375 - £39,132; Grade 8: £40,216 - £44,889 per annum

Duties and Responsibilities

We are looking for a post doc research associate to join the Intel Collaborative Research Institute, which is a joint venture between UCL/Imperial and Intel, on Connected and Sustainable Cities. The institute is investigating, developing and deploying adaptive technologies that can optimize resource efficiency, and enable new services that support and enhance the quality of life of urban inhabitants and city visitors. There are many fundamental, technical, social and urban challenges and opportunities that need to be addressed to accomplish this. The approach is interdisciplinary, combining methodologies from computer science, the social sciences, interaction design and architects to improve how cities are managed and maintained in order to ensure and enhance citizen well-being.

We are looking for someone who can lead, design and run large user studies in the wild. This involves using a diversity of physical protyping, design and social science techniques. The research will involve working on a number of projects and as part of a collaborative team of computing researchers from UCL, Imperial and Intel.

The post is funded for 2 years in the first instance.

Key Requirements

A PhD in Computer Science or HCI is essential. (Please note: For appointment at Research Associate level it is sufficient to be in the process of completing your PhD.)

Candidates must have knowledge of research techniques and methodologies in ubiquitous computing, user studies, persuasive technologies and technical development of physical computing prototypes, along with experience of the following languages: C/C++, microcontroller programming (e.g. Arduino, .netGadgeteer), physical computing, prototyping novel electronic technologies (hardware and software). The ability to conduct in the wild user studies including analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data is required. A track record of publishing in top HCI, interaction design and ubiquitous computing conferences (eg. CHI, HCI, Pervasive Ubicomp) is desirable alongside evidence of publishing in other high quality journals.

The post is available at either research Associate or Senior Research Associate level, depending on the experience of the successful applicant. Candidates seeking appointment at SRA level would need to have experience in leading small teams of researchers, given invited talks at international workshops/conferences, and served on Programme and Steering Committees.

Further Details:

To apply for the vacancy, please go to www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs and search on reference 1385837. A job description and person specification can also be accessed online.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancies or the application process, please contact Prof Yvonne Rogers (y.rogers@ucl.ac.uk) or Dr Licia Capra (l.capra@ucl.ac.uk ).

Closing Date: 7 Jan 2014

Interview date: 24th January 2014

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