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Jason Alexander <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 2 Jul 2013 15:26:54 +0100
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Research Associate: Prototyping Shape-Changing Displays

Further details:
Closing date:   Wednesday 17 July, 2013
Contact: Dr. Jason Alexander, [log in to unmask]

We invite applications for a position in Lancaster University’s School 
of Computing and Communications for research into shape-changing 
displays. The position is available on the GHOST (Generic and Highly 
Organic Shape-Changing inTerfaces, project, a European 
Commission funded collaboration between Lancaster University, and the 
Universities of Copenhagen, Bristol, and Eindhoven.

The project will design, develop, and evaluate GHOSTs---shape changing 
devices that combine display surfaces with physical input and output. 
The project partners cross several disciplines: (a) the hardware and 
software design for shape change, using actuators and smart materials; 
(b) industrial and interaction design for such interfaces, to create 
physically appealing, useful, and usable devices; and (c) user 
experience evaluation to quantify and model users’ performance with 
shape-changing displays.

At Lancaster University you will focus on the development and 
user-centered evaluation of hardware prototypes and supporting software 
architectures for large-scale shape-change. You will develop a range of 
prototypes using off-the-shelf motors, actuators, and sensors to produce 
shape-changing surfaces suitable for display projection and user input 
capture using sensors such as the Microsoft Kinect and the Leap Motion.

We seek applications from enthusiastic individuals who are strongly 
motivated to help push the boundaries of knowledge and technology in 
this research area. You will hold a PhD (or close to completion) or 
equivalent in Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Robotics, 
Mechatronics, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or other 
relevant field. You need not have experience in both hardware 
prototyping and Human-Computer Interaction, but if not, you should 
demonstrate an enthusiasm and ability to learn new skills.

The position is available immediately for a fixed term until 31 December 

Lancaster's School of Computing and Communications offers a stimulating 
environment for research development, with over 200 staff and PhD students.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Alexander before applying with 
a statement of research interest, to discuss the suitability of their 
experience and/or qualifications, and to obtain additional information 
about the position.

Dr. Jason Alexander
School of Computing and Communications
Lancaster University

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