The Inclusive Design Lab at the University of Maryland’s HCIL is seeking an early-stage researcher for a postdoctoral position focused on mobile and wearable accessibility. Existing and emerging projects in which the postdoc could be involved include:
- Designing and evaluating new wearable technologies to support activities of daily living for persons who are blind or visually impaired
- Improving touchscreen accessibility for persons with motor impairments and older adults with age-related motor decline
- Scaling up data collection for accessibility research
- Personalizing mobile device interactions to support individual user abilities
Ideal applicants will have a background in human-computer interaction, experience building prototypes (software and/or hardware), and experience designing and running user studies. A strong publication record and demonstrated success working on teams are also important. Candidates should have completed their dissertation by August 2015.
The postdoc is a full-time position available for a flexible term of up to two years. Salary and benefits are competitive.
Interested applicants should send a single PDF document by June 1, 2015 to email@example.com, including: a letter of interest, CV, writing sample (a favorite paper or two) and the name and contact information of three references.
The Inclusive Design Lab, a part of the larger Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL), focuses on designing, building and evaluating mobile and wearable technologies for persons with motor or visual impairments and older adults. Our group consists of five graduate students across the iSchool and Computer Science, led by PI Leah Findlater. We publish regularly at top venues in HCI and accessibility, and have been honored to receive awards for 9 of our ACM CHI publications. Our research is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, Google and Nokia.
The postdoc will also join the HCIL and iSchool communities, through which additional mentoring opportunities will be available. The HCIL—one of the longest-running academic HCI research labs in the world—offers a weekly speaker series, lab and meeting space, and an active and interdisciplinary community of researchers.
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.