Research Associate on Informing the Future of Data Protection by Design and by Default in Smart Homes
This position will be supporting a research project funded by the Information Commissioner’s Office on “Informing the future of data protection by design and by default in smart homes”, under the leadership of Professor Ivan Flechais and Professor Max Van Kleek. The project aims to understand and investigate user needs related to how smart home devices handle, process and use personal data during their operation, and to identify potential ways future devices might more responsibly do so in the future. The project encompasses several studies applying a combination of research methods. These include a longitudinal study of smart home devices use to explore the usability, security, and privacy aspects of communal device use, interviews with to identify priorities and needs, and the prototyping and field deployment of technology probes to explore new data protection approaches and concepts.
We are looking for someone with research expertise using a variety of methods who is interested in smart home privacy and security. The ideal candidate will have some experience with ethnographic research, interviews, as well as in designing, building and testing technology probe prototypes in field deployments. The individual will also be responsible for liaising with industrial partners, third-sector organisations interested in user rights and privacy, and other researchers to run joint collaborative activities, and disseminate findings. The candidate should ideally also have experience managing their own academic research and administrative activities. This should include experience with small scale project management, project coordination and reporting, and presenting detailed research results to others.
The successful candidate will hold a PhD/DPhil (or close to completion) in Human-Computer Interaction or related discipline.
This role is a fixed-term contract for up to 6 months.
The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 11 December 2019.
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