Senior Research Fellow in User Trials and Evaluations


Location: Coventry
Salary: £39,992 to £47,722 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 4th October 2017
Closes: 5th November 2017
Reference: 1685075

Fixed Term Contract for an initial 21 Months (with opportunity for extension)

WMG, at the University of Warwick, is looking to recruit an enthusiastic researcher in the area of user trials and evaluations. You will be working as part the Intelligent Vehicles research group, which is a growing and vibrant team of almost 30 academics, researchers, engineers and doctoral students, with access to WMG’s unrivalled facilities, including our world-leading 3xD Simulator for Intelligent Vehicles (

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the fast moving and important research into Intelligent Vehicles, with this specific role focusing on the delivery of a diverse range of user trials using quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Whilst the application domain may change depending on the project, it is anticipated that most of the research will be conducted in the transportation, and more specifically automotive domain. Therefore the successful applicant would be expected to have experience applying a range of Human Factors, and/or or user evaluation, and/or human behavioural testing methodologies in a research context. An indicative (but not exhaustive) list of possible methodologies is presented below:

• Requirements capture from workshops and focus groups

• Subjective data collection via questionnaires or interviews

• Behavioural, cognitive or psychometric testing

• Co-design, or human centred design

• Rapid Prototyping Studies for quick evaluations of early prototype systems

• Driving simulator evaluations

• Real-world evaluations of users use of new technology

An integral component of the Senior Research Fellow job role will be identifying new research collaboration opportunities, and writing, or significantly contributing towards, subsequent project proposals. This could be both externally funded CR&D or directly funded from industry. Once projects have been awarded you will be responsible for planning (with supervision) and day-to-day running these projects (with engineering, technical and administrative support), and also disseminating findings both in project reports and high quality journal publications.

To succeed in the role, personal skills required include:

• 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

• Good practical knowledge of research methods, techniques and basic statistical analysis

• Experience of, or evidence to show willingness to develop, successful project proposal writing

• Proven record for publishing research in high quality journals and international conferences

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

In order to attract the right candidate we are happy to consider applicants looking for either part-time or full-time hours. 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 recognises 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.

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.