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Research Associate / Research Fellow in haptic user interfaces and displays (fixed-term role)

Job title Research Associate / Research Fellow in haptic user interfaces and displays (fixed-term role)

Department Computer Science

Salary Starting from £35,333, rising to £42,155 (Research Associate), or £43,414, rising to £51,805 (Research Fellow)

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

Placed on Wednesday 21 September 2022

Closing date Wednesday 12 October 2022

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CC9822

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This is an exciting opportunity to conduct blue-skies research into the next generation of tangible, haptic display technology in the Department of Computer Science.

About the role:

We seek applications from enthusiastic individuals who are strongly motivated to help push the boundaries of knowledge and technology in this research area. You will have experience in rapid hardware prototyping, and ideally the design and evaluation of interactive systems with end-users. You should have excellent communication skills, the ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams, show a high level of initiative, and have the ability to conduct all aspects of the research process.

You will

  • design, prototype, and evaluate novel display approaches that incorporate force-input and force-feedback
  • explore various technological approaches to integrate force into a display, develop and evaluate novel interaction techniques that exploit this new modality, and produce demonstrator applications.
  • join a team of researchers on Prof Alexander’s ERC Starting grant, FORCE-UI, a project that seeks to radically increase the expressivity of touchscreen-based interaction.
  • publish your work at the leading venues for dissemination in Human-Computer Interaction including ACM CHI, ACM UIST, ACM ToCHI, World Haptics, and ACM SIGGRAPH.

The appointment will be made at a level commensurate with your experience. As a Research Associate you will hold a PhD (or be close to completion) in Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Haptics, Robotics, Mechatronics, Material Science, or other relevant field and be able to demonstrate a suitable publication track record. To be appointed at the Research Fellow level, you will have considerable post-doctoral research experience in a relevant field, a strong publication record, and be able to demonstrate leadership and mentorship in your area of specialisation.

Further information:

You will be hosted in the growing Human-Computer Interaction group in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath. Applicants are encouraged to contact Prof Jason Alexander ( before applying to discuss the suitability of their experience and/or qualifications, and to obtain additional information about the position. In your application, please include examples of your experience in rapid hardware prototyping.

The position is available from 1 December 2022 for a fixed-term of up to 2.5 years.

What we can offer you:

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. 

We are:

  • a family friendly workplace 
  • open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University. 
  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package 
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

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We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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