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Research Associate: Experiencing the future mundane

Institute for the Contemporary Arts
Salary:   £28,331 to £32,817
Closing Date:   Thursday 19 December 2019
Reference:  A2895

The potential economic and societal benefits of emerging and future technologies is ultimately linked to their adoption and acceptability by a majority of potential users. However, the processes that drive adoption and acceptability are rarely considerations for research into emerging and future technologies and the challenges and barriers primarily occur only ‘after’ potentially problematic design patterns have become established, resulting in diminished impact or unintended consequences. This project will address this challenge by shaping a novel methodology that merges Design Fiction and Breaching Experiments to create Mundane Experiential Futures that enable citizens to 'get their hands on the future'.

You will be expected to help design, implement, deploy and test a mobile version of the ‘Living Room of the Future’ in a caravan. 

You will possess:

  • A thorough working knowledge and understanding of programming, web services, and software/hardware integration using technologies such as sensors, Arduino, etc.

  • Extensive experience in designing, implementing, deploying, testing and evaluating systems built using the aforementioned technologies.

  • Experience of successfully working in research-intensive projects with strict schedules.

  • A strong research record including potential to publish in top-quality, peer-reviewed international conference and journals.

  • A PhD (or equivalent experience) in Design, Human Computer Interaction, Computer Science or a related discipline.

  • Very good communication and presentation skills, including the ability to present technical information in an accurate, convincing and engaging way.

  • Experience of working groups to evaluate research prototypes.

This is a challenging role that offers significant growth for the right candidate.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Prof Paul Coulton (email: p.coulton@lancaster.ac.uk).

For general information about ImaginationLancaster and Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts and, please visit www.imagination.lancaster.ac.uk and www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/LICA

This full time post is for 18 months from January 2020 and will be appointed at grade 6 (Research Associate).

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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