Research Associate/Fellow within the Human Factors Research Group University of Nottingham, Department of Engineering

Research Associate/Fellow within the Human Factors Research Group


Closing Date
Friday, 23rd June 2017
Job Type
£26052 to £38183 per annum, depending on skills and experience (minimum £29301 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

Applications are invited for the above post within the Human Factors Research Group. This project is funded by the European Commission and is in collaboration with a number of national and European research and industrial partners.  The aim of the 3D Tune-In project is to facilitate the successful exploitation of existing, overlooked or neglected functionalities of hearing devices to improve people’s quality of life and their interactions with others and their surrounding environment. This will be done through the creation of the 3D Tune-In Toolkit and a set of non-leisure digital game applications exploiting technologies traditionally employed in leisure games.  The project also aims to stimulate and foster knowledge and technology exchange between SMEs working in digital gaming, the research community, hearing aid manufacturers and hearing impaired communities.


The University of Nottingham’s main roles are as follows:


1) Adopting a user-centred approach to the design and development of the project’s interactive technology applications, in order to ensure that the needs of relevant stakeholders are elicited and defined in a useful and informative way.  This will involve engaging end-users (children and older adults) in the project with the support of the associated partners and capturing their requirements using participatory design methods.


2) Evaluation of the 3D Tune-In technologies for their ability to engage users and to demonstrate the effectiveness of digital games for learning and skills acquisition to help users understand their hearing aid’s functionalities.  The usability and utility of these technologies/games will also be evaluated.


The successful candidate will be expected to conduct the University of Nottingham’s day-to-day work on the project.  This will involve the following duties: liaising with partners in the project; helping to design and run focus groups, interviews and laboratory experiments (e.g. to elicit user requirements and evaluate user interfaces/prototypes); travelling to partners’ sites to conduct field research; analysis of quantitative and qualitative data; contributing to project deliverables and the development of high-quality academic publications with the support of senior researchers.  The role may require conducting research in Spain and Italy and therefore a European passport is essential as is the ability to speak Spanish and Italian.


This successful research team consists of around 50 researchers and staff, under the leadership of Dr Sue Cobb.  The work undertaken by the Human Factors Research Group (HFRG) includes understanding the interactions between people and jobs, system and products in a variety of application domains.  Further information can be found on the HFRG’s website:


This is full-time, fixed-term post for 5 months. 


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Harshada Patel by email: or telephone: 0115 951 3892. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.


The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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