Research Associate / Fellow in Human-Computer Interaction for Interactive Museum Technologies

University of Nottingham

Location: Jubilee Campus

We are looking for a talented, HCI researcher to contribute to a new exciting European project about designing and studying interactive technologies to support museum visiting.

The post-doctoral researcher position is for 18 months, starting from January 1st onwards 2016.

The post holder will be expected to develop ground-breaking research in the area of designing and studying technologies to deliver new, provocative and dialogic forms of interpretation in museums across Europe, including working closely with artists and games developers. , More specifically, the role will involve the design, prototyping and field evaluation of new museum visiting experiences and enabling platforms, with a particular emphasis on the approach of visitors creating and gifting playful experiences for one another. You will lead on, or take part in, designing and helping realize interactive prototypes, running and analysing participatory design workshops and field trials, as well as writing up the results for academic publication.

The researcher will be based in The Mixed Reality Laboratory in the School of Computer Science which has a long history of developing interactive museum technologies, including participating previous European-funded museum projects such as CHESS and SHAPE.

The following skills are essential to the role:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate with clarity on complex information.
  • High analytical ability to analyse and illuminate data, interpret reports, evaluate and criticise texts and bring new insights.
  • Ability to develop and apply human-centred and artist-led design and research methodologies
  • Ability to build relationships and collaborate with others, both internally and externally.

The following skills are desirable:

  • Ability to foster a research culture and commitment to learn in others.
  • Ability to realise prototype interfaces and experiences.
  • Understanding of issues facing interpretation in contemporary museums

The following experience is essential to the role:

  • Proven track record in publishing in top-quality HCI journals and conferences
  • Experience in use of HCI research methodologies and techniques
  • The following experience is desireable:
    • Previous success in gaining support for externally funded research projects.
    • Experience of working with museums and/or artists to create and study interactive experiences

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Steve Benford at steve.benford@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community

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