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Research Assistant - Privacy in Pervasive Environments

The University of Manchester - Science & Engineering

Location: Manchester
Salary: £27,025 to £31,302 per annum, depending on relevant experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd August 2019
Closes: 23rd September 2019
Job Ref: S&E-14486

Division : Department of Computer Science
Contract Duration : From 1 October 2019 until 29 February 2020

The University of Manchester seeks to recruit a researcher into the Information Management Group, School of Computer Science to work on the EPSRC-funded PACTMAN project.

Advances in sensing and growing interest in “data science” mean that our ability to capture and process personal user data far exceeds our understanding of how to manage issues of trust, privacy and consent, with potentially far-reaching consequences for both individuals and society. The PACTMAN project will conduct pioneering interdisciplinary research to create a comprehensive system for privacy and consent management in future pervasive environments. The project is grounded in two future pervasive data applications -- this post at Manchester will focus predominantly on future human augmentation systems, and how their development poses new risks for technology-mediated distortion and impairment of cognition.

You should have an undergraduate and masters degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science, HCI or a related discipline. You will a strong motivation for collaborative and interdisciplinary research. Experience of working with a range of qualitative and quantitative methods is a distinct advantage. Excellent communication and organisational skills are required to ensure effective working on an established multi-partner project.

The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School holds a Bronze Award for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointments will be made on merit.

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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Name: Sarah Clinch

General enquiries:
Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:
Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Further particulars including job description and person specification are available on the University of Manchester website - click on the 'Apply' button above to find out more.

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