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Marie Curie Fellowships "Context-aware systems and interfaces for Health, Wellness and Assisted Living"

School of Computing and Communications
Salary:   £28,000 to £33,000
plus mobility and travel allowances
Closing Date:   Friday 07 October 2011
Interview Date:   Friday 11 November 2011
Reference:  A238R

We invite applications for a position in Lancaster University’s School of Computing & Communications, for research on context-aware systems and interfaces. The position is available in the “iCareNet” project, funded by the European Union’s Marie Curie programme for mobility of early-stage researchers.

Eligibility for Application: To meet the mobility requirements of the programme, you must not have lived, worked or studied in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to joining the network. To qualify as ‘early-stage’ researcher, the programme requires that you have not yet completed a PhD and that you have not been active in research for more than 4 years since completion of a Master’s degree.

Context-awareness has emerged as a key area of research in the fields of ubiquitous computing and human-computer interaction (HCI). You will join a research group at Lancaster that is recognised as internationally leading in context sensing using body-worn and pervasive sensors, and in user interface technologies that leverage sensors and context. In the scope of the advertised project, we are interested in research in any of the following directions:

• Wearable eye-tracking and pattern analysis of eye movement in everyday activity as a source of context information on  people’s activity and wellness
• Mobile systems that integrate eye gaze and body movement analysis with user feedback to support visual and manual tasks
• Sensing-based interfaces for spontaneous interaction across multiple devices, and personalisation of user interaction on  shared devices
• Context-aware and situated interfaces that support workflows and distributed tasks, for example in care-giving environments

We invite applications from enthusiastic individuals who are strongly motivated to help push the boundaries of knowledge and technology in our research area. You must have an MSc or equivalent qualification in Computer Science or closely related field. It is essential that you have excellent knowledge of methods for analysis and processing of sensor data (pattern recognition, machine learning, computer vision) coupled with a strong interest in human-computer interaction and ubiquitous computing. The research will be experimental and you will need to have excellent skills in system development, programming, and data analysis. Prior experience with sensors and devices for wearable and ubiquitous computing, and/or eye-tracking systems is desirable.
Lancaster's School of Computing and Communications offers a stimulating environment for research development, with over 200 staff and PhD students. The iCareNet project provides complementary opportunities for training, networking, and collaboration with academic and industrial partners across Europe. The project funds 19 early-stage researchers in total, and you will be expected to engage strongly in network-wide events and collaborative activities.
The position is available for a fixed term of 3 years. The starting date is negotiable between 1 October 2011 and end of the year. Applications should include a statement of research interest, an example of previous work (e.g., published work, or MSc dissertation).

You are strongly encouraged to contact Prof. Hans Gellersen for initial discussion, with an informal statement of your research interests and a brief summary of your qualifications.

Contact:  Prof. Hans Gellersen, School of Computing & Communications, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4WA, UK.  email:

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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