Research Associate in Fabrication of Interactive Devices (ED11392)

University of Bath
February 19, 2024
Offerd Salary:£37,099
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Job title Research Associate in Fabrication of Interactive Devices

Department Computer Science

Salary Starting from £37,099, rising to £44,263

Grade Grade 7

Contract Type Full Time, Fixed Term

Placed on Thursday 25 January 2024

Closing date Monday 19 February 2024

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference ED11392


This is a fixed-term position until February 2025.

This post will involve work on the following two projects related to the fabrication of interactive devices:

Robust Digital Devices for Harsh Environments

In this project we will investigate the cost-effective fabrication of interactive devices that are exposed to harsh environments, i.e. that have special robustness requirements such as heat- and waterproofness.

We will investigate the design and fabrication of an exemplar device: a special game controller to support children with chronic lung diseases.

The project will involve the design and manufacture of a robust casing, injection moulding with different materials, exploration of the design space for robust electronics, and testing of the device against heat, water and physical stress.

Active Materials Library

In this project we will explore interactive device fabrication through unconventional active materials.

The development and use of materials that can support touch sensing and visual output of digital information is diverging, spanning artists, commercial makers, researchers and hobbyists.

Within this project we will develop a scaffold within which development can be unified by engaging directly with these interest groups, culminating in a digital platform through which makers can engage with novel interaction materials.

This work will be carried out in conjunction with academic support, funding for independent platform development and graphical design expertise. Researchers with specialism in fabrication and manufacturing are encouraged to apply including but not limited to those who have specialised in HCI, Material Science and Engineering & Design.

Preferable skills include specialisms in early stage manufacturing, active material research, and user centred design.

About us:

The position will be within the HCI group of the Department of Computer Science.

The HCI group has a strong, supportive research culture and a track record of publishing at top-ranking HCI venues such as CHI.

The University of Bath's focus on HCI has led to a nurturing collaborative environment with strong support for early career researchers for the development and understanding of interaction within physical computing and beyond.

What we can offer you:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance
  • we are a family-friendly University and with an increasingly agile workforce, are open to flexible working arrangements
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities
  • a number of support options available for new and existing staff to help with the cost of some immigration expenses which you may be eligible for: Relocation allowance, Visa Reimbursement, Interest-Free Loan.
  • We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams.

    We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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    Further details:
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  • We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this, personal details will be removed from application forms at the initial shortlisting stage.

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