Researcher/ Lecturer in Interactive Technologies
Instituut voor Communicatie, Media & IT
The Institute of Communication, Media & IT (CMI), as part of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, specialises in offering a wide range of multifaceted, innovative and internationally oriented bachelor programmes.
The research group User-Centered Design (UCD) focuses on understanding how interactive technologies can be used to create a (positive) change in behaviour, such as promoting a more active lifestyle or training practical skills using personalised VR environments. We do so to better understand the relationship between design choices within an interactive tool and (intended) outcomes of the user. In this research group there are two overarching research topics: Adaptive Systems and New Technologies. In our research projects we work together with the (creative) industry to ensure that these innovative tools not only reach their intended goals, but also to ensure that they can survive in the market.
Within the study program of Communication & Multimedia Design (CMD), we train students in designing interactive digital products within the field of Creative Technology. Through interactive workshops and real-world project cases, students learn how to analyse, design, develop, and evaluate different types of interactive applications in a realistic and professional setting.
Within the study program there are three important majors: Interactive Media & Technologies, Multimedia Concepting & Design, and Game Design & Development.
The CMD program is closely linked to the UCD research group, which enables students to work together with the industry and researchers on relevant research and development cases.
An exciting new opportunity exists at the School of Communication, Media & IT for the position of Researcher/ Lecturer in Interactive Technologies.
You will be employed at the School of Communication, Media & IT at the research group User-Centered Design and at the bachelor study Communication & Multimedia Design. One of the programme managers of CMD will be your HRM-supervisor and the professor of applied sciences in UCD will be your research supervisor.
As a researcher, you are responsible for working as part of research projects together with the researchers of the UCD-group and the industry. In these projects we will be working on the application of new and innovative technologies to improve our overall quality of life (e.g. health care, smart mobility). You will work primarily on topics related to interactive technologies, behaviour change and interface/interaction design and help to create prototypes to showcase these new technologies (proof-of-concepts).
As a lecturer, you will take care of organising, conducting, and assessing relevant courses and projects, related to interactive technology development and research, within the curriculum of the CMD study programme. You participate in designing, evaluating and improving the curriculum in cooperation with the other members of the team.
Additionally, you may be tasked with supervising students during their internships and graduation projects, or as their general mentor throughout their studies.
We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated and experienced individual to join our team. The successful candidate will have:
- an academic background with a Master's degree in a relevant field (e.g. Human-Machine Interaction, Artificial Intelligence, Industrial Design) and preferably a few years of experience within the (creative) industry as a practitioner or researcher;
- technical skills, e.g. (rapid) prototyping and coding for interactive technologies, and relevant theoretical skills, e.g. user interfaces, user experience, cognitive psychology, design research, and user-centered design;
- a passion to inspire students and the ability to contribute to further our educational, professional and research vision;
- a pragmatic and pro-active approach and the flexibility to work within a young and dynamic multidisciplinary team;
- an excellent proficiency in oral and written English and preferably Dutch as well as excellent communication skills.
Terms of employmentThis is a researcher/ lecturer position for 0.6 - 1.0 fte, starting as soon as possible. It concerns a one year, temporary contract which may be renewed. The appointment is subject to current cao-hbo guidelines. The function scale is 11. The salary will amount to a gross minimum of € 3,201.= and a gross maximum of € 4,661.= per month based on a full time position. A certificate of good conduct may be required. You will get reimbursement for the fee by the Hanze University. .
Further informationShould you need further information regarding this vacancy, please contact dr. Nick Degens, Professor of Applied Sciences in User-Centered Design through email (firstname.lastname@example.org, please do not use this email address for your application) or drs. Henriët Eilander, programme manager CMD by phone on (+31) (0)6-25151594. Should you have any questions using the digital application form, please contact HR Recruitment, telephone number + 31 (0)50-595 7505. The interviews will probably take place in week 51.
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