Job: Research Assistant: Human Interaction with Virtual Environments – SCHI Lab, Sussex University, UK

Research Assistant @SCHI Lab, Sussex University, UK

Fixed term for 1 year, full-time
Salary range: starting at £28,143 and rising to £31,656 per annum
Closing date for applications: 7 January 2016
Expected start date: asap

We are looking for a Research Assistant (RA) to work on an industry-funded project involving the collection and analysis of behavioural data to be used to shape the future of human interaction with virtual environments.

The position is integrated in the research group – Sussex Computer Human Interaction (SCHI) Lab – lead by Dr Marianna Obrist. The group is dedicated to the exploration of touch, taste, and smell as interaction modalities for future interactive systems and comprises postdoctoral fellows and PhD students from various backgrounds in computer science, psychology, and interaction design.

You will be a self-motivated and reliable person who will manage day to day project activities to ensure that the deliverable deadlines are successfully met. You will be involved in discussions concerning the design of behavioural experiments. You will help scheduling participants and acquiring data. You will need to be a fast learner, able after a short period of training to take care of participants’ testing by yourself, although a member of the team will always be at hand to help you at need.

Successful candidates will ideally have a degree in psychology or human-computer interaction, or cognate discipline, with good knowledge of experimental methods, and with prior experience in conducting behavioural experiments. Knowledge of the programming languages R, Matlab, and C# will be of advantage. You will be expected to pursue project based research goals, be able to meet commitments under pressure, and actively contribute to project deliverables. You are enthusiastic and pro-active, and should have good teamwork and communication skills.

To apply and for further information see here (job reference number 550):

Informal enquiries can be made to either Dr Marianna Obrist ( or Dr Elia Gatti (

SCHI Lab – Sussex Computer Human Interaction Laboratory
Creative Technology Research Group
School of Engineering and Informatics
University of Sussex
Chichester 1
BN1 9QJ Brighton, UK

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