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JOB: Mobile Phone Interaction with Interactive Surfaces

School of Computing and Communications
Salary:  $25,001 to $28,983
Closing Date:   Monday 28 February 2011
Interview Date:   Tuesday 15 March 2011
Reference:   A180

The Embedded Interactive Systems (EIS) research group in the Lancaster University Computing Department invites applications for a research position on mobile touch-based interaction with interactive surfaces.

We currently observe an increased interest in interactive horizontal and vertical displays in public and private contexts. The usage of mobile devices for interactions with such displays is seen as a promising research area as it supports, for example, data exchange, user identification and personalization.

The research position is available in the Multitag project ( funded by DOCOMO Euro-Labs. The research will be experimental using mobile phones, interactive surfaces and sensors embedded in these devices. The research involves the design, development and evaluation of sensing and communication mechanisms, of novel interaction techniques and of corresponding applications.

We invite applications from enthusiastic individuals who have a very good first degree (BSc/MSc) or equivalent experience in Computer Science or a related field of relevance to the research. Applicants must have excellent programming skills (Java, C# or Objective C) and should have experience in application development for mobile phones. The post requires excellent systems prototyping skills, understanding of experimental methodology, the willingness to travel regularly to Germany for project meetings and the ability and commitment to work as part of a team.

The Computing Department offers a highly collegiate and stimulating environment for research career evelopment. You will join an ambitious research group that is internationally recognized and will be expected to contribute to the strong profile of the group through participation in the development and publication of research results.

The post is available from April 2011, initially for 9 months. Although advertised as a full-time position, we will also consider part-time and job share arrangements.

Applicants are asked to provide an example of their previous research (a scientific publication, dissertation, or project report) included with their application.

For more information on the project, prospective applicants can consult Mobile Interaction with Static and Dynamic NFC-based Displays (published in Mobile HCI 2010) and PhoneTouch: A technique for direct phone interaction on surfaces (published in UIST 2010).

Prospective applicants are also encouraged to contact Dr. Enrico Rukzio or Prof. Hans Gellersen with a note on their motivation for this position, to initiate informal discussion.

Contact: Dr. Enrico Rukzio (

Or Prof. Hans Gellersen (

School of Computing & Communications
Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4WA
United Kingdom

Best regards,
Prof. Dr. Enrico Rukzio

Head of Mobile HCI group
The Ruhr Institute for Software Technology (paluno)
University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

School of Computing and Communications
Lancaster University, UK