Job: Researcher in HCI and Virtual Worlds at City University London

6 month Research Post
Centre for HCI Design, City University London
Salary: £35,609
Closing Date: 3rd June 2016

The Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design at City University London is seeking to appoint a researcher with strong skills in building content for virtual worlds and accessibility.

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly-motivated individual to join a team working on technology for people who have had a stroke. The successful candidate will work on a project developing a virtual world, funded by the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia. The project is a collaboration between the Centre for HCI Design (HCID) and the Division of Language and Communication Science (LCS) at City University London.

EVA Park is a prototype multi-user virtual world where people who have had a stroke can practise their speech. It was developed by an earlier research project at City with funding from the Stroke Association and won the People’s Award in the Tech4Good Awards 2015. This project will deliver a new version of EVA Park that can be made more widely available to people who have had a stroke and to speech and language therapists. The successful candidate will develop new content for EVA Park, investigate the accessibility of input devices and package the software for deployment. The post holder will work closely with a speech and language therapy researcher working on a parallel project based in LCS.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Good BSc degree (2.1) or Masters degree (Merit) in Computer Science or computing-related subject
  • Experience in Human-Computer Interaction and / or Accessibility
  • Experience of developing content for virtual environments in OpenSimulator or Second Life
  • Familiarity with accessibility guidelines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent time management, organisational and liaison skills
  • Ability to produce creative solutions to technical problems
  • Ability to work with people who have communication difficulties with the support of a speech and language therapist
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Enthusiasm for and interest in research
  • Ability to work harmoniously with people of different ages, cultures and backgrounds
  • Ability to problem-solve and work flexibly

Full details of the post and how to apply are at: http://bit.ly/1Tu831b.

Closing date: 3rd June 2016.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Stephanie Wilson at s.m.wilson@city.ac.uk


Stephanie Wilson
Reader and Deputy Director Centre for HCI Design
Dept of Computer Science
City University London
s.m.wilson@city.ac.uk

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