Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Queen Mary University of London - School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Applications are invited from outstanding researchers with superior skills in the development of games for mobile devices, for a three-year Postdoctoral Research Assistant position in a project funded by the European Research Council on using games to collect datasets to support research in computational linguistics. Applications from outside academia will be considered.

Duties of the post will include developing exciting games-with-a-purpose for mobile phones or social media platforms that can attract and be used by thousands of players to collect data for computational linguistics; leading and co-authoring a range of outputs of the project; contributing to the dissemination of research findings to a range of stakeholders and audiences, including helping to maintain the project’s web page.

The successful candidate should hold a postgraduate degree in game development, preferably for mobile or social media platforms. The candidate is also expected to have excellent analysis and abstraction skills, and an interest in working in a research environment. Strong programming skills, particularly in languages for game and web development such as Unity, PhP, are also essential.

It is essential the candidate have experience setting up and maintaining online games played by large numbers of players, and extensive experience with game development for mobile or social media platforms, with proven ability to develop and deploying games. Experience with games-with-a-purpose and/or gamification, and experience with graphic design and HCI is desirable.

The positions will be funded by the 5-year ERC Advanced Grant DALI (Disagreements And Language Interpretation), led by Massimo Poesio (QMUL), Richard Bartle, Jon Chamberlain and Udo Kruschwitz (Essex). The objective of DALI is to study disagreements about the interpretation of anaphoric expressions. The successful candidate will join a team based in the Cognitive Science Research Group at Queen Mary University of London, but including also collaborators from the Games and AI and Language and Computation Group at the University of Essex. The team has over 10 years of experience developing Games-with-a-Purpose for computational linguistics and are in particular known for the development of the Phrase Detectives game. Details about the project can be found at http://www.dali-ambiguity.org/; about the Cognitive Science Group at http://cogsci.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/; and about the School at http://www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk. Phrase Detectives can be accessed from Facebook or from http://www.phrasedetectives.org.

This is a full time post for 3 years starting 1 September 2017 or as soon as feasible after this date. The starting salary will be £32,405 – £36,064 per annum inclusive of London allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Massimo Poesio (m.poesio@qmul.ac.uk).

To apply, please click on the link below.

Candidates are politely requested to upload documents totaling no more than 10 pages.

Please note large documents e.g. PhD thesis/Research papers are not forwarded to the interview panel.

The closing date for applications is 21 August 2017. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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