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Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Research Position
November 02, 2011 06:36AM
The School of Computing at Unisa is looking to appoint a HCI Lab Researcher on contract, starting in January 2012 (or soon as possible after that).
The purpose of this position is to coordinate and facilitate usability evaluation and research projects conducted in the School of Computing’s usability laboratory. From 2012 the lab will house the latest Tobii eye tracking technology, including equipment for eye tracking on mobile devices. We support research projects in various fields, including computer science, psychology and linguistics, and we do design and evaluation work for private research and commercial organizations.

You are the right person for the job if you:
• Have at least an honours degree in Computer Science or Information Systems (with the intent to register for a Masters degree)
• Have a good academic record
• Are clearly interested in human-computer interaction research
• Have excellent communication skills (in spoken and written English)
• Are able to explore and master new technology (hardware and software) independently
• Are willing to work with people of different abilities, ages and status, and from different research disciplines
• Have general programming skills (and preferably some experience in web programming).

It is not essential, but it will be to your advantage if you have:
• Experience in HCI and usability evaluation techniques and eye tracking
• Completed courses in Psychology and Research Methods
• Published research papers.

The duties will inlcude:
• Planning of individual usability or similar experiments
• Facilitating and conducting individual usability studies and research experiments in the laboratory, including video recording and eye tracking, and administering of questionnaires and interviews
• Analysis of video and eye tracking data
• Writing of evaluation reports and co-authoring of research papers
• Maintaining the HCI lab’s web site
• Conducting own research (e.g. related to Masters or PhD studies).

The researcher will occupy the lab on a full time basis. During times when no research activities are scheduled, the equipment will be available for his/her own research towards a Masters or PhD.
The level of the appointment and the remuneration will depend on the qualifications and experience of the appointee.

For more information, contact Prof Helene Gelderblom at geldejh@unisa.ac.za or apply by emailing her the following documentation: Your CV (5 pages max), your complete tertiary academic record (with marks included), an example of any academic or research report that you have written, the names and email addresses of three referees, a statement of one page or less to explain why you are applying for this position.
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