Vacancies in Open Lab

Open Lab is Hiring!

We are always on the look out for talent in the lab, whether you are an excellent developer, awesome interaction design, or an ethnographer with a passion for digital technology.

We currently have three post-doc vacancies within the lab:

1) Research Associate / Assistant in Interaction Design and User Experience (Digital Social Care)
2) Research Associate / Assistant in Mobile HCI and Public Health
3) Research Associate / Assistant (Soil quality Web-based Decision Support)

Research Associate / Assistant in Interaction Design and User Experience (Digital Social Care)

Research Associate (post-doctoral): £28,982
Research Assistant (post-graduate): £26,537

We are seeking a talented, motivated researcher to contribute to the interaction design and mobile / ubiquitous computing components of the digital social care research at Open Lab, Newcastle University. This post offers the opportunity to develop and contribute to world leading research into the design of new digital technologies and social-technical platforms that aim to support the co-ordination of care practices and services in families, communities and organisations. Applications are invited from highly skilled and ambitious researchers, who are skilled in either the technical design and development of digital prototypes and/or the participatory design and people-centered evaluation of technologies.

The position is related to the recently initiated EPSRC funded Digital Economy Research Centre, specifically its Social Care strand. This strand is examining the role of existing and emerging technologies in the context of care in communities, particularly in relation to age- and dementia-friendly communities. The successful candidate will join a growing team of researchers from a wide variety of disciplines working on this strand, will contribute to the design, development and evaluation of new technologies and platforms and actively shape the digital social care research agenda. They will also support the supervision of Master’s and Doctoral researchers working on this strand of work.

We will expect the successful candidate to have excellent communication skills and a willingness to work in teams with researchers from other disciplines. It is also expected they will have a PhD (for Research Associate) or Master’s degree (for Research Assistant) successfully completed or near completion in interaction design, human-computer interaction or a related field.

The successful candidate will join the internationally recognised and cross-disciplinary team at Open Lab, Newcastle University, working with team of researchers based with Dr. John Vines. Open Lab is a human-computer interaction, social and ubiquitous computing research group in the School of Computing Science. We have a well-funded, large and varied research programme with many national and international links, collaborators and visitors. Members of our group come from a wide-range of disciplinary backgrounds, including computer science, design, electrical engineering, fine arts, psychology, sociology, education, clinical sciences and social science. For more information, see: https://openlab.ncl.ac.uk/

This position is available for 2 years fixed term and is full time.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to John Vines, tel: 0191 208 4631 or email mailto:john.vines@ncl.ac.uk.

To see the full advert for this, please visit jobs.ac.uk (here) or the Newcastle University vacancy system (here).

Research Associate / Assistant in Mobile HCI and Public Health

Research Associate (post-doctoral): £28,982
Research Assistant (post-graduate): £26,537

Application deadline – 21st July 2016

Working in collaboration with Dr. Madeline Balaam at Open Lab, Newcastle University, this is a 3-year post within the new EPSRC Next Stage Digital Economy Research Centre (DERC). You will be responsible for designing, developing and evaluating new mobile and web-based approaches to digital public health. You will be an expert in human-computer interaction with strong research and software development skills, and specific expertise in mobile interaction design. You will have experience of deploying technologies ‘in the wild’ over the long-term. You will have a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) or Computer Science (or near to completing) and have a strong track record of publication at internationally leading HCI and academic community service.

This is an opportunity to join a growing and diverse team of researchers interested in the application of cutting edge technologies and interaction design to public health, as well as to test daring new ideas. As a team we will work on a range of public health issues and you will need to be as comfortable designing and developing technologies in contexts such as food and nutrition, through to more sensitive subjects, such as sexual health and incontinence. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience supervising of UG, MSc and PhD research projects, as well as to lead your own research.

We will expect the successful candidate to have excellent communication skills and a willingness to work in teams with researchers from other disciplines. It is also expected they will have a PhD (for Research Associate) or Master’s degree (for Research Assistant) successfully completed or near completion in interaction design, human-computer interaction or a related field.

This position is available for three years fixed term, and is full time.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Madeline Balaam, tel: 0191 208 4631 or email: madeline.balaam@ncl.ac.uk

To see the full advert for this, please visit jobs.ac.uk here

Research Associate (Soil quality Web-based Decision Support)

Post-doctoral: £28,982
Post-graduate: £26,537

Application deadline: 20 July 2016

We are currently looking for a talented web developer and HCI researcher to support the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Innovation Club (SARIC) Research Translation grant to design, develop and implement an innovative web-based decision support platform (soilquality.org.uk) for improved soil management in UK arable and lowland grassland systems.

The objective is to update, extend and adapt to UK conditions an existing web framework developed in Australia (www.soilquality.org.au) and to extend the existing framework using the capabilities of mobile devices. This post is part of a collaborative project involving Open Lab, the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, and a number of academic and industry partners. In this role, you will apply your understanding of web development in a practical used-centred application of these technologies to support improved soil management in UK farming systems.

This post is available for 18 months fixed term

More details for the application can be found on the listing at jobs.ac.uk. For any informal enquiries please contact Rob Comber (Open Lab), rob.comber@ncl.ac.uk or Elizabeth Stockdale (AFRD), elizabeth.stockdale@ncl.ac.uk