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Job: Research Associate position in Multisensory Interaction and Education at Bristol University

Research Associate/Senior Research Associate position in Multisensory Interaction and Education at Bristol University

Applications are invited for a three-year Research Associate/Senior Research Associate position in the Bristol Interaction Group (BIG Lab) within the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bristol.

The role is part of the EPSRC project “Crossmodal Interactive Tools for Inclusive Learning“, which aims at investigating novel multisensory learning and teaching technologies that supports inclusive interaction between visually-impaired and sighted children in mainstream schools.

We are using an iterative user-centred approach combining participatory design activities with empirical research into multimodal and crossmodal interaction to find out how different senses can be effectively integrated with visual capabilities to support group work. We are engaged with local schools to design and research multisensory tools for teaching and learning purposes, focusing on accommodating curriculum requirements and social processes surrounding collaborative learning.

We are looking for a candidate with solid skills in software and hardware development, expertise in HCI, and an interest in multisensory interaction and accessibility. They will work with partner schools to conduct research that ranges from accessible participatory design to software and hardware development, and experimental user studies and evaluation. There will be freedom and flexibility in shaping the research project within its broader objectives. Read more on Job: Research Associate position in Multisensory Interaction and Education at Bristol University…

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Job: Faculty Position in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Dear Colleagues,

I’m excited to announce that we are hiring in the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences Program at RPI. We’re an interdisciplinary program, and invite applications from the many disciplines that come together in game design and research. Our group works in a diverse range of areas, including VR and AR, cognitive science and artificial intelligence, environmental games, media art, and mixed-reality performance. Our B.S. degree was launched ten years ago, and this new position will join us in extending it to the development of a graduate program. The full description is below, and please feel free to contact me off-list with any questions at changb3@rpi.edu.

–Ben Chang

Open Rank Faculty Position in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, New York, USA

Applications accepted until the position is filled

The program in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences invites applications, nominations, and expressions of interest for an Open Rank faculty position. The selected candidate will have a tenure home in one of the five departments of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences: Arts, Cognitive Science, Communication and Media, Economics, or Science and Technology Studies.

Applicants must hold a terminal degree (PhD, MFA or foreign equivalent) in Computer Games or a related field such as Digital Media, Computer Science, Cognitive Science, or Human-Computer Interaction. The ideal candidate will have a successful record of collegiate teaching and a proven track record of both leading and participating in collaborative interdisciplinary research. Read more on Job: Faculty Position in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute…

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Job: Full-time position in Robobphilosophy at Aarhus University, Denmark

Rank-Open Position (from technical assistant to postdoc) in Robotic Engineering

Research Unit for Robophilosophy, School of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University

The Research Unit for Robophilosophy at the Department of Philosophy, School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University invites applications for a three-year, full-time open position in robotic engineering, available from 1 March 2017. The position is associated with the project “What Social Robots Can and Should Do—Towards Integrative Social Robotics”, supported by the Carlsberg Foundation (Semper Ardens Grant). Junior researchers at postdoc level will be preferred, but candidates without a PhD will also be considered, provided they have suitable expertise in software and hardware development.

RESEARCH CONTEXT:

The research project “What Social Robots Can and Should Do—Towards Integrative Social Robotics” will define and implement a new paradigm for developing social robotics applications. “Integrative Social Robotics” (ISR) tightly integrates robotics research with a wide scope of research disciplines that investigate human social interactions, including empirical, conceptual and value-theoretical research in the humanities. To investigate the performance of the new method, the team will design and test several innovative social robotics applications that promote socio-cultural values and norms of personal well-being, such as fairness, authenticity, autonomy and creative self-realisation.

The successful candidate will be a member of a project team of 25 international researchers from 11 disciplines (philosophy, robotics, anthropology, psychology, linguistics, education, communication, management, cognitive science, computer science and sociology). The project is coordinated by Professor MSO Johanna Seibt at the Department of Philosophy and the History of Ideas, and will run from 2016 until 2021. For more information see:

http://www.carlsbergfondet.dk/en/Forskningsaktiviteter/Forskningsprojekter/Semper-Ardens-forskningsprojekter/Johanna-Seibt_Integrative-Social-Robotics

www.integrativerobotics.org

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Job: Faculty position in Mixed and Augmented Reality at Graz University of Technology

Opening: University Assistant with Doctorate, with Tenure Track to Position as Associate Professor
Working area: Mixed and Augmented Reality
Graz University of Technology, Austria

End of application period: 18 Feb 2017

This fulltime employment position (40h/week) is initially restricted to six years and offers the possibility of a qualification agreement for a tenured position. The employment is expected to start on May 1, 2017, and will be part of the Institute of Computer Graphics and Vision (http://www.icg.tu-graz.ac.at/).

The position requires a completed PhD degree in computer science or a similar field.

We expect the following qualifications:

  • Excellent scientific qualification in Mixed Reality and Augmented Reality (MR/AR), especially computer graphics and visualization methods for MR/AR and 3D user interfaces for MR/AR
  • International scientific publications
  • Experience with acquisition, management and scientific supervision of research projects
  • Experience in establishing a research group
  • Track record of scientific achievements, such as international prizes or awards
  • Teaching experience in relevant subjects
  • Network in the scientific community

Your job will involve the following duties:

  • Research on MR/AR, with the goal to earn international scientific reputation and visibility
  • Top-level international publications
  • Acquisition of third party funding for research (FFG, FWF, industrial projects)
  • Supervision of bachelor and master theses and support in the supervision of PhD students
  • Independent teaching in the bachelor and master program and introducing students to the world of visual computing
  • Service in the academic administration

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Job: Assistant Prof for Emerging Media Design and Development, Ball State University

Assistant Professor for Emerging Media Design and Development, Department of Journalism
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana, USA

http://cms.bsu.edu/about/administrativeoffices/humanresources/employopp/public/faculty/colcomminformedia/104330-assistant-professor-for-emerging-media-design-and-development-department-of-journalism

Application deadline: January 31, 2017

Ball State University is inviting applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position, with an emphasis in human-computer interaction, programming for digital media, user experience, and emerging media design and development available August, 2017, in the ACEJMC-accredited Department of Journalism.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:  The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in the Emerging Media Design & Development Center’s Master’s degree program.  Assigned course topics in human-computer interaction may include theories and frameworks in HCI, usability and user-experience evaluative methods, design thinking, information management, and/or emerging media design and development.  Tenure-track faculty must also actively present juried/peer-reviewed creative endeavors and/or publish scholarly research in areas related to emerging media design and development, human-computer interaction, design thinking or related areas; serve on department, collegiate and university committees as assigned; and perform other duties as assigned by the department chairperson. Read more on Job: Assistant Prof for Emerging Media Design and Development, Ball State University…

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Job: PhD position in novel 3D formats – Interact Lab, Sussex University

PhD position at Interact Lab, Sussex University

Applications due February 21, 2017

A fully-funded PhD position (£14,296 tax free stipend plus a fee waiver to the UK/EU amount for 3.5 years) is available in the Interact Lab (School of Engineering and Informatics, University of Sussex).

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Jobs: 5 Postdoctoral fellowships at Tampere University of Technology (TUT) in Finland

Postdoctoral fellowships (5 positions)

Tampere University of Technology (TUT), Finland

http://careers.fi/tty/careers.cgi?action=view&job_id=1094&lang=uk

Tampere University of Technology (TUT) is an active scientific community of 1,900 employees and more than 8,300 students. The University operates in the form of a foundation and has a long-standing tradition of collaboration with other research institutions and business life. TUT’s research activities focus on four profile areas: Digital operating environment, Energy- and eco-efficiency, Health technology and Light-based technologies. Many of the fields of research and study represented at the University play a key role in addressing global challenges. Internationality is an inherent part of all the University’s activities. Welcome to join us at TUT!

JOB DESCRIPTION:

TUT is seeking to fill 5 postdoctoral fellowship positions with promising researchers who are in the beginning of their career. The aim is to support highly qualified postdoctoral researchers who are outstanding in their field and to strengthen the scientific profile of TUT.

The research tasks will be specified to suit the candidate’s interests and expertise. The research work will be conducted in one of the existing research groups at TUT [see below for details on one of the positions, focused on Game/Gamification research]. The candidates are requested to identify the research group they wish to join. To find out more about TUT’s research groups please visit: www.tut.fi/en/research/research-fields

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Job: Research Associate for WeDraw HCI project at UCL Interaction Centre

Please find information below about a Research Associate position on Human-Computer Interaction at the UCL Interaction Centre. (WeDraw project). Please forward to anyone who may be interested – the deadline is 6th Jan 2017.

Research Associate in Human-Computer Interaction – Ref:1614112
Division of Psychology and Language Sciences

University College London (UCL) Interaction Centre

Grade 7
Hours – Full Time
Salary (inclusive of London allowance) – £34,056 – £36,923 per annum

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work as part of a multidisciplinary group within the EU-funded project weDraw. WeDraw is a 2-year research project that brings together European partners from industry and university to explore how multi-modal and multi-sensory technology can support the learning of mathematical and geometrical concepts in children.

The position is based at the UCL Interaction Centre UCLIC: https://uclic.ucl.ac.uk/. UCLIC is a Centre of Excellence in Human-Computer Interaction drawing its members from both UCL’s Computer Science Department and the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences.

Under the supervision of Prof Nadia Berthouze and Dr Paul Marshall, the post holder will be responsible for the development of body sensing, recognition and feedback technology to facilitate the exploration through movement, sound and touch of mathematical, geometrical and physical concepts. The post holder will be also involved in data collection and evaluation studies with children and their teachers to support the development and testing of the software. The post holder will also contribute to the dissemination of the research through publications in academic conferences and journal papers as well as demonstration at academic and public events.

The post is available for 22 months in the first instance with the start date 1st March 2017.

Applicants must have obtained a degree in Computer Science and have a PhD in a related area or be expected to obtain a PhD award soon after the start date. Read more on Job: Research Associate for WeDraw HCI project at UCL Interaction Centre…

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Job: Reader/Senior Research Lectureship at Knowledge Media Institute at The Open University, UK

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Reader / Senior Research Lectureship
Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
The Open University, UK
Ref: 13175 – Based in Milton Keynes
Permanent position
http://kmi.open.ac.uk/jobs/#13175

Closing date for applications: Thursday 26 January 2017

The Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) is one of the top research centres in the world in the area of knowledge and media technologies – see details of our work at http://kmi.open.ac.uk.  The role of this new position is to strengthen KMi’s international research reputation and in particular we expect the successful applicant to pursue a robust and innovative research agenda in one or more of these strategic research areas:

  • Data Science – Machine Learning, Analytics, Big Data, Data Visualization, Blockchain Technologies;
  • Internet of Things – Smart Objects, Wearable Computing, Ambient Intelligence, Sensor Networks, Smart Cities;
  • New Media Technologies – New Media for Collaboration and Learning, Interfaces, Augmented Reality, Novel Interaction Techniques.

Applicants are expected to have an excellent international standing as evidenced by substantial publications, a proven ability to acquire and carry out research projects, and demonstrable experience of leading and developing research groups. Read more on Job: Reader/Senior Research Lectureship at Knowledge Media Institute at The Open University, UK…

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Job: Full professor in Technologies for Games at Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Full professor in Technologies for Games (0.8­1.0 FTE)
Utrecht University, the Netherlands

http://www.cs.uu.nl/vacatures/en/876896.html

Application deadline: January 15, 2017

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Faculty of Science at Utrecht University is seeking to appoint a full professor in Technologies for Games to complement and reinforce existing strengths in Game Technology within the faculty. The appointee should have significant expertise in game technology, specifically in any of the fields of animation, simulation, rendering/visualization or modelling. She/he will develop new initiatives, aiming at research programs in Game Technology and play a significant role in the strongly established international scientific communities in this domain. She/he will lead the acquisition of external research funds, both at the national and international levels, and the dissemination, of research results and its applications, to the relevant research communities. The Full Professor has a leading role in teaching and supervision. She/he will contribute to the department’s curriculum development at BSc, MSc and PhD levels. The Full Professor plays an active role in the leadership and management of the department and/or faculty.

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