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Postdoctoral Fellow in Human-Computer Interaction at Queen's University's Human Media Lab

The Human Media Lab (www.humanmedialab.org) is inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Human-Computer Interaction. The laboratory specializes in developing and evaluating advanced disruptive user interface prototypes. Work at the lab involves conceiving of designs, implementing hardware and/or software interfaces, and empirically evaluating prototypes of computers of the future. Our recent emphasis has been on Organic User Interfaces (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_user_interface): computers that use non-flat screens. These include flexible smartphones (www.hml.queensu.ca/paperphone), tablet pcs (www.hml.queensu.ca/papertab) and spherical and cylindrical form factors (www.hml.queensu.ca/telehuman). Many of our prototypes are designed using unique flexible display technologies.

Projects

As part of this project, you will be working on systems that involve flexible displays and 3D printed objects, with the goal of developing user interfaces that have three dimensional shape and are capable of conveying real-world haptics to users (see www.hml.queensu.ca/morephone for an example). The study of the effects of these haptics and functionality of these objects will be an integral part of the research. You will be collaborating with some of the world's top designers, including Yves Behar of Fuseproject (Jawbone, XO laptop), the world's premier flexible display firm Plastic Logic, as well as with top haptics engineers at our main partner Immersion, Inc. You will also be responsible for supervizing PhD and MSc students at the lab in a collaborative, creative, forward-looking yet rigorous fashion, and for publishing and disseminating the work at top conferences and the popular press.

Funding

The position is generously supported by Immersion, Inc. (www.immersion.com), Fuseproject (www.fuseproject.com), Plastic Logic (www.plasticlogic.com), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Criteria

Applicants must hold a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science or strongly related field from a top-tier university. All applicants must have a strong interest and multidisciplinary background in a combination of human factors, empirical psychology, computer science, industrial design or
electrical engineering. Successful candidates will have a solid track record of publications at top HCI conferences, including ACM CHI, UIST or CSCW. We are looking for an allround team player that enjoys working with students and industrial partners to achieve best quality outcomes.

Funding

The Human Media Lab will provide support for a period of two years. The level of support will be highly competitive with that offered by other
Canadian universities, and may consist of a combination of grant, research, and teaching responsibilities.

Application Process

The deadline for applications is April 30th, 2014. Late applications may be considered as time and resources permit.  Please contact Prof. Roel
Vertegaal by sending an email to roel[at]cs.queensu.ca for further information. Please tag your email with the subject line "Postdoctoral Fellow Application".

About the Human Media Lab

The Human Media Lab (www.humanmedialab.org) is one of Canada's premier laboratories for high-tech research in Human-Computer
Interaction. It employs a growing team of 12 students, postdocs and assistants that is housed in our new headquarters, designed by
world-famous designer Karim Rashid (tinyurl.com/qddepk5). The Human Media Lab is part of the School of Computing, one of the top five
departments in Computing in Canada. Queen's University is consistently ranked in the top 4 Ivy League universities in Canada.

Other links

For an Discovery Channel intro to the HML, visit http://watch.discoverychannel.ca/#clip670943

For more information about Organic User Interfaces visit http://www.organicui.org

Information about the School of Computing at Queen's: http://www.cs.queensu.ca/

Information about Queen's University and living in Kingston, Ontario:

http://www.queensu.ca/
http://tourism.kingstoncanada.com/
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