Jobs: HCI positions at the University of Birmingham

Positions at the University of Birmingham

Chair, Senior Lecturer/Lecturer, 2x University Research Fellows (5 year fellowship transferring to lectureship, permanent contract)

The University of Birmingham has made a strategic investment in the area of Human-Computer Interaction. A new centre for HCI is being created, which will expand the existing research in this domain and integrate existing activities across the newly-created College of Engineering and Physical Science.  The vision for a world-class centre of HCI is based on a people-centred perspective on interaction and technology: it attempts to understand and create the future that we will inhabit and digitally interact with.

The centre will undertake HCI research in the following fields:

  • intelligent interaction: combining machine intelligence with design, context-aware systems, adaptation and personalisation
  • natural, multimodal interaction – utilizing speech, gesture, activity and emotion
  • socio-technical design – social systems, computer-supported cooperative work, multi-user systems, creative design
  • digital economy – new economic and social models, impacts
  • human interface technologies – on and around the person, fusing physical and virtual domains, mobile and ubiquitous computing, future technologies
  • psychology of interaction – fundamental characteristics relevant to HCI, user-centred evaluation


Chair in Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
University of Birmingham
Creating tomorrow’s interactions

You will be expected to play a major role in the development of the centre to world leading status, consolidating its funding base, extending the range and impact of its academic outputs, and developing the teaching agenda. You will have the vision and enthusiasm to take academic leadership in refining and implementing the research strategy.  You will have an international reputation in any allied research area although a socio-technical, social or user-centred perspective would be preferred.

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Closing date: 26 November 2010

Ref: 43578


Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI),
University of Birmingham, UK

We are looking to appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer to join the team, contributing to the development of the HCI Research Centre.

£36,715 – £68,302 (Lecturer salary from £36,715 – £43,840 a year with potential progression (to £49,342 a year)). (Senior Lecturer/Reader salary from £45,155 – £52,347 a year with potential progression (to £68,302 a year)). The successful candidate will be appointed at the grade appropriate to their experience and qualifications.


Birmingham Research Fellow in Human Computer Interaction (HCI)

You will undertake research activities across a range of existing and new projects in interactive systems and design. Over time, you will develop your own research domains and attract funding, make a significant impact, and take on leadership activities.

All successful applicants will contribute to the development of the centre, including influencing its strategic direction and research agenda. They will also be expected to contribute to the academic life of the host schools, including teaching and administration. Applicants should be good communicators with demonstrable skills in teaching, research presentation and management.

Applicants should have completed, or be near completion of, a PhD relevant to the research area (ideally in Design or Human-Computer Interaction), have a substantial track record of research in human- computer interaction or design, and be able to demonstrate and excellent and accelerating record of publications in journals, conferences, engagement with the HCI community nationally and internationally.

There are two posts available. These fellowships are 5 year appointments initially, after which, subject to successful completion of a probationary period, post holders will transfer to a permanent Lectureship post.


Informal enquiries can be made to Prof Russell Beale (, +44 (0) 121 414 3729


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