Job: Postdoctoral Fellow in Social Robotics at the University of Manitoba

Call for Applications

Post-doctoral Fellow in Social Robotics
The Human-Robot Interaction Lab at the University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Canada

Position open until filled

From Associate Professor James E. Young, Manitoba University
March 24, 2021

Hello! The Human-Robot Interaction Lab at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Canada, has an open position for a post-doctoral fellow in social robotics. We are looking for an energetic and inventive person to work on designing feasible, real-world deployable social robots.

You will join our team and specifically work on two projects: designing domestic companion robots help support people living with loneliness, and collaborating with our local health network to design robots to support children living with disabilities and special needs.

The Human-Robot Interaction lab has a history of diverse projects and publications:
http://hci.cs.umanitoba.ca/projects-and-research?author=56
http://hci.cs.umanitoba.ca/publications?author=56
and is further part of a larger HCI group involving four HCI professors and a large number of students.

Who are we looking for? We are looking for applicants who are experienced in design, co-design, qualitative methods, and related areas, and who have a demonstrated track record of working with participants. You have strong publication record and demonstrated experience in a relevant area. In addition, programming, prototyping, and maker skills are an asset. In general, you need to be awesome and will contribute to a fun and enjoyable team! A PhD in any related area (Computer Science, Psychology, Sociology, etc.) is fine given required skills.

The University of Manitoba campuses are located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. The university is an internationally recognized institution with >30,000 students and a full range of programs in sciences, engineering, arts, medical-doctoral, law, and others, providing excellent collaboration potential.

The university is located in Winnipeg, the largest city in the Province of Manitoba, Canada. The city has a rich cultural environment, including symphony, opera, dance, theatre, and cultural festivals. The region provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreation in all seasons. Learn more about Winnipeg at winnipeg.ca.

The University of Manitoba, and the Human-Robot Interaction lab, is strongly committed to equity and diversity within the community and institution. We recognize the importance of diversity in developing strong science. We invite applications especially from under-represented groups, especially women, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons living with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and strengthening of our group. We are committed to being an inclusive and welcoming environment for all people.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply, applicants should submit the following items:

  • a cover letter describing your interest in the project, the group, and why you would want to work with me (Jim Young, jimyoung.ca)
  • a CV (including references) and most recent university transcript
  • a short 1-2 page proposal (non-committal) describing potential work during your post doc
  • two example publications

The position will remain open until filled. Salary will be competitive based on experience, and will include a full university-mandated benefits package. The position is for 12 months, with potential to extend. Start date is flexible, and there is potential to work remotely given the COVID-19 situation.

Please send your complete application to Dr. Jim Young, young@cs.umanitoba.ca.

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