Job: Researcher – Future Everyday Interaction with Autonomous IoT at University of Southampton

Job: Researcher – Future Everyday Interaction with Autonomous IoT at University of Southampton

Closing Date: Friday 29 January 2016

We are looking for a talented, HCI or Ubicomp researcher to contribute to a new exciting project about Future Everyday Interaction with the Autonomous Internet of Things (A-IoT), funded by the EPSRC. The post-doctoral researcher position is for 36 months, starting on the 1st of April 2016.

Applications are invited from highly skilled and ambitious researchers in Human-Computer Interaction and Ubiquitous Computing. You should have a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and a track record of publication at international leading venues (e.g. ACM CHI, Ubicomp, CSCW, TOCHI).

The role will involve the design, prototyping and field evaluation of new interactive A-IoT technology. You will lead on, or take part in, building software and hardware prototypes, designing, running and analyzing participatory design workshops and field trials, as well as writing up the results for academic publication. The successful candidate will have a “T-shaped profile” with proficiency in one of these areas, and familiarity with the other ones.

You will join an internationally renowned and multi-disciplinary team across the University of Southampton (where this post is based) and the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham. The team won several best paper awards at CHI and AAMAS. Co-investigators include professors Nick Jennings in Southampton and Tom Rodden in Nottingham.

The Future Everyday Interaction with the Autonomous Internet of Things project (http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/N014243/1) seeks to investigate the design of interaction mechanisms and user interfaces for a future Autonomous Internet of Things (A-IoT). The A-IoT is a system of interconnected devices that reaches beyond most current incarnations of the IoT to include aspects of autonomy or automation as a key feature. In other words, the A-IoT can proactively respond to sensed environmental changes, effectively doing work on behalf of users, with the promise of a more efficient use of resources (e.g. to use less energy) or increased convenience. The work will leverage the experience and research infrastructure accumulated by our team in this domain.

The department of Electronics and Computer Science holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award, demonstrating our commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advancing the representation of women in STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break.

The University has a generous maternity policy and onsite childcare facilities; employees are able to participate in the childcare vouchers scheme. Other benefits include state-of-the-art on-campus sports, arts and culture facilities, a full programme of events and a range of staff discounts.

For more details and the application procedure, please see https://jobs.soton.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=666415FP

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