The research group on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems Applications is accepting applications for a research grant to work in the European Project JuxtaLearn. We seek candidates with a MSc degree in one of the areas of Informatics Engineering, Communications Engineering, Information Systems, Ubiquitous Computing, Human Computer Interaction or equivalent. Applicants must be proficient in at least one programming language, must be able to fluently speak and write in English, and must be a dynamic and highly motivated individual (m/f) with a strong willingness for independent thinking, self-learning and team-work. This opportunity is open to outstanding candidates that are initiating or willing to initiate their PhD in any of the above areas. The successful applicant will integrate the international research team of the JuxtaLearn project and work under the supervision of Professor Rui José. The work will involve the design, implementation and evaluation of a video sharing system for public displays that may adequately support the learning requirements of the project.
The initial grant is for six months, but can be extended up to two years. The grant is expected to start early on 2013 by arrangement with the successful candidate. The award includes a stipend of 11760 Euros per annum (tax exempt), health insurance, social security, research-related travel expenses, and research equipment.
How to apply
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The application deadline is 9th November 2012. Pre-selected candidates may be called for an individual interview. Prospective candidates are also invited to contact Rui José (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional information about this research opportunity and informally discuss specific research interests before applying.
About the research group
The Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems group (Ubicomp@UMinho) is a research group at Algoritmi, an ICT research centre of the Engineering School of the University of Minho. The group is currently composed of 8 Senior Researchers, two of which full-time Post-Doc Researchers and over 30 PhD and MSc students.
The group has been active in the field of ubiquitous computing for several years and is now well integrated in the ubicomp research community. We have a well deployed network of partnerships, both within academia and industry. The international collaboration has been mainly promoted as part of European projects, including FP5, FP6 and FP7. The group is hosted in Guimarães.
The Juxtlearn project aims to stimulate student curiosity in science and technology through creative film making and editing activities. The creation, sharing and social engagement around videos exploring threshold concepts that are their own personal barriers to understanding will facilitate student creative inspiration and further conceptual insight and understanding. Students will, for example, be supported in instigating reflective decisions on what to film, how to film it and what and where to edit. Public displays will enable sharing and commenting of these performances thus encouraging public curiosity and a ‘buzz’ around specific complex concepts.
The project is funded by the European Commission and involves the following international partners: The Open University(UK), Linnaeus University(SWE), Rhein-Ruhr Institute (GER), University of Birmingham (UK), Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (SPN), Universidade do Minho (POR), CatcherMedia (UK)