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Research Associate in Philosophy and Ethics of Human-Computer Interaction

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Salary range: £36,694 to £49,210 per annum *

Full time, fixed term for 1 year starting in September 2022

The Dyson School of Design Engineering is a leader in research on the design of technologies that support health and wellbeing.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Associate to undertake work in Ethics of Human-Computer Interaction, as part of a collaboration between the Wellbeing Technologies Group ( and a world-leading consumer electronics company. Working with Professor Rafael Calvo, Dr Celine Mougenot and Prof Sebastian Deterding (Imperial College) and Dr Rune Nyrup (University of Cambridge), the Research Associate will develop design methods and guidelines to ensure that user technologies such as screen devices are designed to be ethical and have a positive impact on people’s psychological wellbeing. 

The team will be developing theory and methods to ensure and validate ethical design in automated recommendations, nudging, supra-liminal techniques, and other persuasive technologies.

Responsibilities and duties will include surveying existing literature (from academic, industrial and policy sources); developing research objectives; articulating and interrogating ethical frameworks; creating presentations, reports and publications; liaising and networking with colleagues in the UK and overseas; and supporting the production of research dissemination resources and workshops. The role requires strong philosophical expertise, a good understanding of digital technology, and the ability to engage in extensive interdisciplinary collaborations with engineers and psychologists, as well as partners in industry and policy.

The successful applicant will have a PhD (or equivalent) in Philosophy or Applied Ethics, and will have extensive research experience in one of these areas.  Applicants must have excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for interdisciplinary audiences and partners outside of academia, be able to organise their own work with minimal supervision and prioritise work to meet deadlines. They will be expected to have a proven research record in relevant areas.  All applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English. Ability to communicate in Chinese is desirable.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,694 – £39,888 per annum.

How to apply:

Our preferred method of application is online via our website: (please select “job search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number ENG02162 into “keywords”).  Please complete and upload an application form as directed.

Applications must include:

  • A college application form
  • A full CV, with a list of all publications
  • A 2 page research statement indicating what you see are interesting research issues relating to the above post and why your expertise is relevant.

For queries regarding the application process please contact: [email protected]

Closing Date: 24 June 2022  (Midnight BST)

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