[Infovis] Post-doctoral Fellow on Graphics, Typography and Perception @ SACHI, University of St Andrews, Deadline 28 February

Miguel Nacenta nacenta at gmail.com
Mon Feb 2 10:00:58 CET 2015

Closing date: 2015-02-28

School of Computer Science, University of St Andrews
Salary: £31,342 - £33,242 per annum
Fixed Term: 12 months (see below for more details)
Start: Between 1 April and 1 September 2015 (flexible)

Topics: 2D Graphics, Typography, Perception, Information Visualization
Qualifications: Programming skills, experience/interest in empirical 
perceptual research, typography, design.

Application form and further details:
For informal enquiries do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail:
(Dr. Miguel Nacenta: mans at st-andrews.ac.uk)

The HCI Group in the University of St Andrews (SACHI) wishes to recruit 
a Research Fellow in Graphics, Typography and Visual Research to support 
work on a EPSRC-funded project. The post will be based in the School of 
Computer Science.

The candidate will work on a cutting-edge visualization project that 
explores hybrid symbolic-graphical ways to represent information. The 
project builds upon previous success of our group in this area (see 
http://www.fatfonts.org and http://www.transmogrifiers.org) and intends 
to significantly transform how people and professionals in a wide range 
of areas acquire and understand information.

The candidate will help design and program a system that involves the 
creation of 2D graphics related to typography (letter forms), and to 
help with the design, execution and analysis of experiments regarding 
user perception of displayed text. Knowledge, experience and interest in 
any or several of the following areas would be an advantage: typography 
and typeface design, web services implementation, information 
visualization, perception, experiment design, reading.

The Research Fellow will be fully integrated within the School of 
Computer Science and the St Andrews HCI group (SACHI). SACHI 
(http://sachi.cs.st-andrews.ac.uk) has over twenty members, is strongly 
active in the international community organising conferences such as 
UIST 2013, ITS 2013 and MobileHCI 2014.  We regularly publish in the 
leading international HCI venues including CHI, UIST, IUI, AVI, and are 
featured in the press (e.g., New Scientist, MIT technology review). As a 
group we have several funded projects, organise an international seminar 
series, host visitors regularly and maintain a HCI lab with a wide range 
of equipment.

As a HCI group we encourage group-wide collaborative research so there 
are opportunities to participate in in other projects, be involved with 
undergraduate and postgraduate supervision, in addition to working on 
emerging topics of interest in the group. The group constitutes a 
nurturing environment with a strong focus on the personal and 
professional development of its members. As a fellow you will be 
expected to work on the development of your career as an academic and 
researcher and will receive both formal and informal mentorship.

You should have a good honours (undergraduate) degree in Computer 
Science, Psychology, Digital Media Design or a related discipline. It is 
essential that you have strong software development skills. In addition 
you must demonstrate that you are able to manage work responsibly under 
tight deadlines while leading the day-to-day work and development.

The post is available for 1 year in the first instance, starting between 
April 1st and September 1st. The Principal Investigator will also work 
with the fellow to develop longer-term opportunities (e.g., fellowship 
applications, follow-up EU funding). Therefore interest and ambition to 
develop a remarkable career (in St Andrews or elsewhere) in the area of 
Information Visualisation and Human Computer Interaction is highly 

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Miguel Nacenta 
mans at st-andrews.ac.uk Tel +44 (0) 1334 46 32 65

The University of St Andrews is committed to promoting equality of 
opportunity for all, which is further demonstrated through its working 
on the Gender and Race Equality Charters and being awarded the Athena 
SWAN award for women in science, HR Excellence in Research Award and the 
LGBT Charter.

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