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Research Associate - AffecTech Early Stage Researcher #2

School of Computing and Communications
Salary: circa £31,800 per annum including mobility allowance
Closing Date:   Thursday 01 June 2017
Interview Date:   Friday 16 June 2017
Reference:  A1808

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate (to also enrol for PhD studies) for AffecTech, a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network 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.

PhD 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.

We invite applications from enthusiastic individuals with MSc or equivalent in Computer Science, HCI or Interaction Design. You must demonstrate a research background in the areas of interface and interaction design, emotional memories, mobile app development. The role requires excellent communication skills and experience of collaborative projects. We also value ability to rapidly learn new techniques. Experience in biosensors is desirable but not compulsory.

This is fixed term for 36 months, expected start date September 2017. You 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.

You should include the following in your application:

  • 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 summarising 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.
  • Names of three referees.
  • Publication list including full text of top two publications.

Informal enquiries to Dr Corina Sas, email:

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