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Three Research Associates for AffecTech: Personal Technologies for Affective Health, Innovative Training Network


Lancaster University, School of Computing and Communications
Salary:  circa £31,800 including mobility allowance
Vacancy number: A1807, A1808, A1809
Closing Date:   Thursday  1 June 2017
Expected Starting Date: September 2017

We are seeking to appoint three Research Associates (to also enrol for PhD studies) for AffecTech, a Marie Skýodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network coordinate by Lancaster University and funded by European Commission H2020. AffecTech will provide an interdisciplinary doctoral training programme to 15 PhD students including courses on affective interaction design, emotional processing and regulation, wearable biosensing, biofeedback technologies, as well as entrepreneurship, leadership, and communication skills.


The AffecTech consortium is dedicated to the design, development and evaluation of personal technologies for affective health bringing together human-computer interaction researchers, biomedical engineers, and clinical psychologists from across Europe. It aims to advance the understanding of how wearable technologies can empower people to understand their emotion and develop adaptive regulation strategies responsible for modifying emotional responses in daily life. The network brings together eleven institutions from the UK, the Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Turkey and includes Philips Research, PLUX Wireless Biosignal, and the UK NHS, as well as a range of prestigious associate partners such as Stanford University, Carnegie Melon University, University of California at Santa Cruz, and University of New South Wales.


Research Associate 1: The aim of this project is to design and develop novel technologies supporting emotional regulation in depression and anxiety through biofeedback. The developed prototypes will integrate wearable biosensors and electronic hardware for capturing emotional response such as heart rate variability and respiration, and for mapping them for real time visual, audio, or haptic feedback.  For this position, we invite applications from enthusiastic individuals who have MSc or equivalent experience in Computer Science or Biomedical Engineering (not PhD holders). Ideally, you must be able to demonstrate a research background in the areas of biosensors and biosignal analysis, electronic prototyping, and actuation. The role will require you to engage with consortiumís partners and end users and therefore, excellent communication skills and experience of collaborative projects will be essential. We also value your ability to rapidly learn new techniques beyond current skills and abilities. Experience in user-centred design is desirable but not compulsory.

Research Associate 2: The aim of this project is to design novel interfaces and interactions to capture emotional events in daily life in order to support people to recall these experiences and make sense of them. The interfaces will be both effective for supporting recall, and engaging for supporting reflection and sense making. The interface design will make use of image-, audio- or touch-based metaphors to support emotional processing, and will integrate available wearable biosensors capturing arousal and emotional valence, with contextual sensors such as wearable cameras. For this position, we invite applications from enthusiastic individuals with MSc or equivalent in Computer Science, HCI or Interaction Design (not PhD holders). Ideally, you must demonstrate a research background in the areas of interface and interaction design, mobile app development, and emotional memories. The role will require you to engage with consortiumís partners and end users and therefore, excellent communication skills and experience of collaborative projects will be essential. We also value your ability to rapidly learn new techniques beyond current skills and abilities. Experience in biosensors is desirable but not compulsory.


Research Associate 3:  This aim of this project is to design and develop novel interactive technologies supporting emotion regulation in depression and anxiety through neurofeedback. The developed prototypes will integrate wearable biosensors and electronic hardware for capturing mindfulness states through respiration and electroencephalography (EEG) measurements, and for mapping them for real time feedback using haptic actuators. For this position, we invite applications from enthusiastic individuals who have MSc or equivalent experience in Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering or Neuroscience (not PhD holders). Ideally, you must be able to demonstrate a research background in the areas of neurosensors and electronic prototyping. The role will require you to engage with consortiumís partners and end users and therefore, excellent communication skills and experience of collaborative projects will be essential. We also value your ability to rapidly learn new techniques beyond current skills and abilities. Experience in user-centred design is desirable but not compulsory.


Employer (http://www.lancaster.ac.uk)

Lancaster University is ranked in the Top 1% of universities globally, and its research has been rated as world leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, and ranked 13th for the percentage of world leading research. The City of Lancaster was recently ranked as one of the top 10 'most vibrant' urban centres in the UK (2013).



School of Computing and Communications (http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/scc/)

The School of Computing and Communications is a hub of world-class research and teaching in computer science and communications systems, ranked #7 in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research REF2014. School's research is recognised for its exceptional quality and international reputation and is supported by RCUK, EU and industry funding. As a result, SCC work crosscuts traditional research fields, is strongly multidisciplinary, and focuses on achieving high impact. The School offers a highly collegiate and stimulating environment for research career development. You will join an ambitious research group that is internationally recognised, and will be expected to contribute to the strong profile of the group through participation in the development and publication of research results. At SCC we have a strong HCI research expertise in digital health and in particular on designing system supporting emotional memories, reflection, emotional awareness and mindfulness.


These full time positions are fixed term for 36 months, expected start date September 2017. Successful candidates will be paid a competitive salary, alongside mobility allowance and a family allowance (subject to family situation at the time of recruitment). According to mobility rules of Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks, at the time of recruitment, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the starting date of doctoral studies.

Candidates should apply via the Lancaster University online Application Form, clearly stating the reference number of the post they which to apply for:
https://hr-jobs.lancs.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=A1807 for RA1,
https://hr-jobs.lancs.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=A1808 for RA2, and
https://hr-jobs.lancs.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=A1809 for RA3, and include:

∑        A cover letter outlining your interest in the AffecTech PhD project, motivation and preparation towards a PhD, and research interests and experience. Maximum two (2) pages.
∑        CV summarizing all relevant academic, professional, and other achievements, experience, skills and knowledge. Maximum four (4) pages.
∑        Transcripts and degrees: Official documents from your previously attended University-level institutions, with certified translations in English (unless provided so by the issuing institution).
∑        Names of three referees
∑        Publication list including full text of top two publications.


Informal enquiries to Project Coordinator Dr Corina Sas, email: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>


We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research. We also welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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