Postdoctoral HCI Research Fellow : Combating Fake News

City, University of London - School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering - Department of Computer Science

Background
City, University of London is a global university committed to academic excellence with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location.

City attracts around 19,500 students (35% postgraduate level) from more than 150 countries and staff from over 75 countries.

In the last REF, City doubled the proportion of its total academic staff producing world-leading or internationally excellent research.

Led by President, Professor Sir Paul Curran, City has made significant investments in its academic staff, its estate and its infrastructure and continues to work towards realising its vision of being a leading global university: it has recently agreed a new Vision & Strategy 2026.

We are recruiting a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Human-Computer Interaction to work on designing to combat ‘fake news,’ as part of DMINR (https://digitalnewsinitiative.com/dni-projects/dminr), a research project funded by the Google News Initiative until December 2019. DMINR is a collaboration between the Centre for HCI Design and the Digital Information Initiative (Department of Journalism) at City, University of London. DMINR will involve the research, design and evaluation of a novel Web tool to support journalists making new and useful connections between public data sources, supporting news verification and combating ‘fake news.’

Responsibilities
The Research Fellow will plan, conduct, present and publish research on dminr. This will involve understanding the current and future verification requirements of investigative journalists to provide accurate and original news stories; designing wireframe prototypes of the dminr tool which aims to better support news verification. Based on those requirements, they will take a leading role in the interface and interaction design of the tool as well as in the planning and conducting lab and field-based user evaluations of the tool.

Person Specification
The successful candidate will have (or have recently submitted) a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction or a related subject, have experience in user-centred design and evaluation of wireframe prototypes. They will have publication experience in high-quality HCI conferences/journals as well as experience in qualitative data collection and analysis.

Additional Information
City offers a sector-leading salary, pension scheme and benefits including a comprehensive package of staff training and development.

Closing date for applications: 11.59pm 23 April 2018.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Actively working to promote equal opportunity and diversity.

Academic excellence for business and the professions.

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