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Research Associate: Affective Interfaces, Lancaster University, UK

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The School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University invites applications for a Research Associate position in the area of affective interfaces.

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant position within the Lancaster University, School of Computing and Communications. The position will be funded for 17 months by the European Commission through DESIRE, an Initial Training Network involving 7 European institutions providing research training to 13 early stage researchers investigating creative design (http://www.desirenetwork.eu/index.html).

Wearable computing and context awareness have emerged as two key areas for research in human-computer interaction. Particularly promising is the advent of wearable sensing technologies which allow for real time capturing of physiological data. When combined with context aware technologies, such bio sensors allow for linking bodily data with daily activities. However, rather then inferring users’ emotions, bodily data can be made available for users’ own interpretation. This is of great importance for technologies aimed to empower users to learn about themselves and from their personal experience.

The research will be experimental, using wearable bio sensors and context aware technologies. It involves data collection in daily life scenarios, algorithm development for combining the data from various technologies, as well as prototyping and implementing interactive interfaces for visualization of context based- physiological data to support personal interpretation.

We invite applications from enthusiastic individuals who have a BSc/MSc or equivalent experience in Computer Science or related field of relevance to the research. You must have knowledge and initial experience in emotion sensing technology, affective computing and sensor data analysis. The post requires excellent systems prototyping skills, understanding of experimental methodology and the ability and commitment to work as part of a team.

The School of Computing and Communications offers a highly collegiate and stimulating environment for research career development. You will join an ambitious research network and will be expected to contribute through participation in the development and publication of research results.

    Eligibility criteria are put in place to encourage mobility and include:
  • Researchers should have less than four years research experience measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate.
  • Researchers must not possess a PhD.
  • Researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the United Kingdom for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment.
  • Researchers can be nationals of any country other than the United Kingdom, with two exceptions:
    • Researchers with more than one nationality can be recruited if they have not resided in the UK during the previous five years;
    • Researchers who are UK nationals but who have legally resided and have had their principal activity (work, studies, etc) in a third country for at least three out of the last four years).

For information on Marie Curie initial training networks, see: http://ec.europa.eu/mariecurieactions.

The post is available from February 2011. You are asked to provide a full CV, names of three referees, publication list and an example of your previous research (a scientific publication, dissertation, or project report) with your application, which can be made online at: http://hr-jobs.lancs.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=A135.

Suitable candidates are encouraged to make informal enquires to Dr. Corina Sas with a note on their motivation for this position, to initiate an informal discussion:

Dr Corina Sas

School of Computing and Communications

Lancaster University

Lancaster LA1 4WA

United Kingdom

corina@comp.lancs.ac.uk

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