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Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:49:14 -0400
Ahmed Sabbir Arif <[log in to unmask]>
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*Apologies for cross-posting*

Application deadline: *Rolling application review until further notice*

Link to the Posting <>

I am seeking applications for multiple fully-funded PhD students to start
either in January 2017 (Winter) or September 2018 (Fall). Broadly, the
students will work in the area of "Input and Interaction Techniques and
Technologies". Specific topics within this could include the design,
development, and evaluation of novel:

   - Smart text entry, editing, and error correction techniques
   - Scientific data visualization and manipulation with tangible user
   - Interaction approaches for new technologies, including smartphone,
   smartwatches, AR and VR
   - Interaction methods for special user groups, including children,
   elderly, and users with special needs
   - User authentication approaches that are both secure and user friendly

Successful applicants will join my newly founded HCI Lab in EECS
<> at the University of California, Merced
<>. UC Merced the newest of the 10 UC campuses,
located in Merced, about 190 km east of Silicon Valley and 440 km north of
Los Angeles.

*Lab Requirements*
To be eligible, applicants must have:

   - Backgrounds in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, HCI,
   Interaction Design, or Digital Media. Applicants from other areas will be
   considered if they can demonstrate sufficient experience or interest in HCI
   - Strong skills in Computer and Web programming
   - The ability to work individually or in a team
   - Excellent English language skills

Desirable criteria:

   - Strong skills in either Interaction design or quantitative research
   methods (i.e., experiment design, hypothesis testing)
   - At least one refereed publication
   - Good presentation skills

In addition, the Graduate Division requires the following:

   - A baccalaureate degree with a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0
   - The general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
   - TOEFL/IELTS score
   - Three letters of recommendation
   - Statement of purpose
   - Personal history and achievement/contributions

If you meet the above requirements and interested in the position, explore
my recent publications at and
contact me at [log in to unmask] with your CV, unofficial transcripts,
research statement, GRE and TOEFL/IELTS score if a specific area(s)
interests you. Visit the following links further details on how to apply
and application requirements:

   - Application Dates
   - Academic and Application Requirements
   - Requirements and Regulations for International Students
   - Application Frequently Asked Questions
   - Office of the Registrar – Graduate Studies

*About UC Merced*
The University of California is creating a dynamic new university campus
and campus community in Merced, California, which opened in September 2005
as university built in the 21st century. In keeping with the mission of the
University to provide teaching, research and public service of the highest
quality, UC Merced the tenth campus of the University of California and the
first American research will be providing new educational opportunities at
the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels through three academic
schools Engineering; Natural Sciences; and, Social Sciences, Humanities and
the Arts.

The School of Engineering is proud of its faculty’s accomplishments and our
rapid growth. Over the past five years, undergraduate and graduate
enrollments have grown by 65%. The School currently has 49 faculty members,
1,400 undergraduates, and over 140 graduate students. The campus opened a
new Science and Engineering Building in 2014 and undertook a massive
building program in 2017 that more than doubled the campus building areas.

*Graduate Studies in EECS*
Graduate studies in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) offers
individualized, strongly research-oriented courses of study. The EECS
graduate emphasis area is organized to allow students to pursue
cutting-edge research in modern fields of electrical engineering and
computer science, emphasizing research and preparing students for
leadership positions in industrial labs, government, or academia. Master of
Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees with emphases in
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science are offered. The EECS graduate
emphasis area is highly cross-disciplinary with connections to faculty from
all three schools at UC Merced. In particular, strong collaborations with
the graduate programs in environmental engineering and cognitive sciences
are possible.
Ahmed Sabbir Arif, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, UC Merced

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