Research Fellow in User Evaluation of Autonomous Vehicles


Location: Coventry
Salary: £29,799 to £38,833 pro rata, per annum.
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed on: 11th September 2017
Closes: 11th October 2017
Reference: 1675644

Fixed Term Contract until 31 May 2018

WMG, at the University of Warwick, is looking to recruit an enthusiastic researcher with experience in the area of user evaluations (which includes human behavioural testing, practical experimentation and/or Human Factors) for an exciting project involving autonomous vehicles. You will be working as part of WMG’s Experiential Engineering and Intelligent Vehicles research groups – which has a rapidly expanding portfolio of autonomous vehicles projects, world-leading facilities and established research team. You will possess (or be near to completion of) a PhD in a relevant area.

You will be working as part of a team of researchers at WMG and JLR as part of a wider collaborative project testing driverless vehicles on UK roads. The project is funded by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) via their contribution to the UK Autodrive driverless car trials. As part of this flagship, multi-partner project, JLR’s responsibilities include the development of the Human Machine Interface (HMI) strategies and lead the real-world trials of these technologies in low-speed autonomous vehicles, or Pods. This position is to assist JLR with the development and evaluation of these HMI through a series of user trials. These user trials are planned to include evaluating virtual prototypes, physical prototypes and initial concepts using WMG’s unique 3xD Simulator for Intelligent Vehicles, as well as test track facilities (Gaydon), Urban Development Lab (Coventry) and UK Autodrive test sites (Milton Keynes or Coventry). A willingness to travel to these sites (costs covered by project) is an essential part of the project.

Essential skills for this project are:

  • Experience with running trials, or practical experimental work, involving human participants in either simulated or real-world situations.
  • Knowledge of a range of subjective and objective evaluation methodologies, which may include, but not limited to:
    • Questionnaire and survey deployment.
    • Task performance measurement.
    • Behavioural, cognitive or psychometric testing.
  • Good practical knowledge of research methods, techniques and basic statistical analysis.

Additional skills may include, but are not limited to:

  • Measurement of trust in autonomous vehicles and/or systems.
  • Design, user experience and/or evaluation of HMI.
  • Subjective and objective data collection of driving performance and preference.
  • Experience of physiological monitoring – heart rate, galvanic skin response etc.

Any informal enquiries on the post or project can be directed to Dr Stewart Birrell (

We are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. Both WMG and the University of Warwick hold Athena SWAN awards, a national initiative that recognizes the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, onsite childcare facilities and the childcare vouchers scheme.

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£27,864). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure (£28,695).

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role are found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick jobs page. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button below.