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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Research Associate in safety & resilience of medical devices, UCL, LONDON

University College London, UCL Interaction Centre Research Associate in assessing the safety and resilience of medical devices

Starting Salary (Grade 7) 31,905 - 33,676 inclusive of London Allowance

Main Purpose
Applications are invited for the post of Research Associate in the UCL Interaction Centre to work 
under the supervision of Dr Anna Cox and in collaboration with Prof. Ann Blandford and other 
members of the CHI+MED team. This post is part of a project that aims to make medical devices 
safer. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and test new evaluation methods that 
enable stakeholders (such as manufacturers or procurers) to assess the extent to which a medical 
device supports user behavior resilient to human error. The research will involve applying 
existing methods to device designs, in addition to developing new methods.  Such methods could 
include: a mobile phone app for comparing different devices and assessing their suitability for 
a planned context of use, aimed at procurers; "serious games" for informing designers and 
manufacturers about human error and interaction design; or multimedia guidelines for design or 
procurement.  The postholder will also be expected to contribute to the writing of manuscripts 
and presentation of the data at international conferences.

The post is available from November 2011, for 30 months in the first instance.

Key Requirements
Applicants should have obtained a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction.  Ideal candidates will have 
a strong background in quantitative and qualitative research methods and experience of HCI 
evaluation methods.  A background in method development, application and evaluation is desirable.  
Applicants should have demonstrated potential for excellent research (e.g., as evidenced by their 
publication track record in international journals) and the capability and motivation to 
collaborate within an interdisciplinary research group.  The ability to work as part of a research 
team is essential. 

Further Details
For instructions on how to apply, and for a job description and person specification, please go to  Information about the CHI+MED project is available at

Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Dr Anna Cox ( Enquiries about 
the application process should be made to Dr Richard Young (

Closing date for applications is 28 September 2011

Interviews will be held on 10 October 2011

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