Post-Doctoral Researcher – Human-Computer Interaction For Users With Special Education Needs (Fixed Term)

Bournemouth University

At BU our vision is to create a stimulating, challenging and rewarding University experience, through sharing a unique fusion of education, research and professional practice and inspiring our students and staff to enrich the world. Our highly skilled and creative workforce is comprised of individuals drawn from a broad cross section of the globe, and who reflect a variety of backgrounds, talents, perspectives and experiences to build our global learning community.

Bournemouth University is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic researcher to work in the area of enabling technologies within SEN settings. Through helping to establish a SEN working group, the researcher will be expected to bring together, extend and capture impact from two existing projects that employ technology within SEN schools to increase participation in arts based activities. These projects are:

1) SHIVA project, which brings virtual sculpting tools to young people with disabilities, enabling them to partake in creative digital activities from which they had previously been excluded

2) Increasing Access to Music project, which utilises music technology to increase participation in music based activities in all aspects of SEN schools.

In addition to deployment and dissemination activities, the position includes development of an online resource for SEN schools focusing on supporting the use of technology for access to music and virtual sculpting within their schools.

The post offers the opportunity to work with researchers across different Faculties and Departments at Bournemouth University.  The project is concerned with capturing how the resources and training have affected working practices by the various stakeholders in the school and capturing the impact data. 

Ideally, you will have, or be near to completing, a PhD in HCI, Music Technology, or similar area. Good communication skills are essential. Experience/knowledge of website development is desirable.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute strongly to the project by presenting and demonstrating to the wider audience the possibilities of modern technological approaches and to change attitudes about SEN users and disabilities in general. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required.  You will need to be self-motivated and a team player. 

A detailed job description and person specification are available from our website together with an online application form. Alternatively, please telephone 01202 961133 (24 hour answerphone) quoting the appropriate reference (FST222/505363). 

BU is an equal opportunities employer which values a diverse workforce. We provide a supportive and inclusive environment where all individuals can fulfil their potential. Together, we share a common set of values rooted in inspirational learning, world-class research and the latest thinking.  We provide a powerful fusion of research, education and professional practice, creating a unique academic experience.

The post is available on a fixed term basis for a period of 18 months. 

For an informal discussion contact Dr Tom Davis (email: or Dr Oleg Fryazinov (email:

Closing Date: (Midnight) Wednesday 17 January 2018

Interview Date: TBC

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