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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD Opportunity at the University of Dundee

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in eParticipation
funded by the EPSRC. The studentship is a joint appointment between the 
Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy Hub and the Argumentation
Research Group, based in the School of Computing at the University of
Dundee. The project will explore how technologies for discussion, debate
and participation online can meet the demands of diverse user groups.

About Digital Inclusion: The ability to use new technologies is
currently at the heart of social inclusion, with those excluded being
left of out of many work, entertainment, communication, healthcare and
social benefits. Our goal is to develop interfaces and access methods to
systems and services that are appropriate for everyone.  The SiDE Hub
research brings together a multidisciplinary team to address a complex
set of inclusion issues. For more information, see

About Argumentation Technology: The argument web is a vision for debate,
negotiation and critical rationality brought to the digital world. It is
a meeting of many dozens of research projects at institutions worldwide
which collectively aim to support the analysis, generation, critiquing,
evaluation, teaching, and mathematical interpretation of argument,
debate, and reasoned interaction online. For more information, see

At the most recent RAE, the School's research was rated fourth in
Scotland, with two thirds of its research rated world leading or
internationally excellent (4* or 3*). Dundee has been ranked amongst the
top places in the world for scientists to work (The Scientist), and has
one of the lowest costs of living in the UK.

Stipendary payments are at EPSRC levels (13, 290 tax-free for academic
year 2009/10).  Applicants should meet the EPSRC's eligibility
requirements (see, and should typically have a first
class degree in an appropriate subject. Interest in, or exposure to,
argumentation and debate in either computational or philosophical
settings would be a distinct advantage, as would applicants with skills
and interests in HCI, interaction design, ethnography or other
approaches involved in creating improved user experiences.

The project and the appointment will run from 1 September 2010 through
until 31 March 2014 (42 months).

Further details are available from Applicants
should send a CV with a covering letter to Prof. Chris Reed, School
of Computing, University of Dundee, Dundee DD1 4HN, or by email to, by the closing date, 01 August 2010.