[Corpora-List] [RA Job advert] uTELLus project

Rayson, Paul rayson
Mon Apr 20 22:53:08 CEST 2009

uTELLus: Making Public Spaces Safer

30 month contract (with possible extension for up to an additional 6 months)

24,877- 28,839

Closing Date: 15 May 2009

Applications are invited for a research position in the Computing Department at Lancaster University. uTELLus is a major cross-disciplinary research project funded under the EPSRC's Digital Economy programme and led by Lancaster.

The overall aim of the project is to use technology to capture users' preferences about the spaces in which they live and use this information to transform public spaces to be safer and more inclusive. The postholder will be responsible for driving the technology development of the project, which will involve implementing input capture, applying techniques to filter and structure captured input, and designing presentations of captured input on-site to users. In particular, the design of the technology will take advantage of state-of-the-art developments in natural language processing.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in Computer Science (or be close to completing one). We are actively encouraging applicants with a PhD specialism in natural language processing or related areas of study. Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate knowledge or experience with other technology areas relevant to the project, namely, software engineering and/or ubiquitous computing. Given the multidisciplinary nature of the project, candidates are not necessarily expected to have knowledge of all of these areas; rather, an ability to quickly synthesize and apply techniques from different disciplines is more important.

Candidates are also expected to have excellent communication skills as the project will involve significant collaboration with partners at Aston, Brunel, Coventry and Manchester Universities as well as with industrial and governmental partners.

Lancaster's Computing Department is consistently ranked in the top ten in the UK and has a strong presence and reputation in areas relevant to this project. This post therefore offers significant growth potential for the right candidate.

More information about the uTELLus project can be found on EPSRC's website: (http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/ViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/H007237/1). Suitable candidates are encouraged to make informal enquiries to Prof. Jon Whittle (whittle at comp.lancs.ac.uk).

To apply or request further information online, please visit http://www.personnel.lancs.ac.uk/vacancydets.aspx?jobid=A191

Application deadline is May 15, 2009.

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