Ergonomics/Human Factors Researcher - KTP Research Associate (Fixed-Term)

Country: United Kingdom;

City: Nottingham

Vacancy added: 10.05.2019

Employer: University of Nottingham

Resumes due: 12.06.2019



Location:  University Park

Salary:  Up to £33,000 per annum, plus significant training package, including residential management training accredited by the Chartered Management Institute and a personal development budget of £3,000

Closing Date:  Wednesday 12 June 2019

Interview Date:  To be confirmed

Reference:  ENG045819X1

The University of Nottingham is inviting applications for an Ergonomics/Human Factors Researcher to join our exciting collaboration with Ultrahaptics Ltd in Bristol UK. Ultrahaptics’ technology uses focused ultrasound to project haptic sensations directly onto the user’s hands thus enabling users to touch and feel virtual buttons in mid-air. These haptic holograms are paramount in gesture-controlled interfaces such as those found in car infotainment systems.

Based primarily at Ultrahaptics’ Bristol office, you will join the UX team and lead the delivery of an 18-month project tasked with the development of design-relevant resources for Ultrahaptics customers in the automotive sector. As a key member of the UX team, you will work closely with UX designers, software programmers, and automotive stakeholders to design, test and validate new haptic hologram user interfaces (UIs) that are user-friendly, efficient, and safe to operate while driving. The project will involve some agile development of the UI, and mostly focus on data collection through in-lab and on-the road user studies. Some time will be spent at the University of Nottingham during the data collecting phase primarily using the state-of-the-art driving simulator facilities available there.

A key aspect of your role will be to transfer the latest science-based research in Human Factors/Ergonomics and to implement and embed new technologies, practices and processes into the company for commercial delivery. You will have the opportunity to directly engage with the company’s suppliers and partners throughout the project to ensure that the technologies implemented are aligned with Ultrahaptics’ customer requirements. Therefore, an awareness of commercial drivers and previous industrial experience is desirable, but not essential.

You should have completed a postgraduate degree in Human Factors/Ergonomics, Human-Computer Interaction or related field (or hold/be nearing completion of a PhD in the area), and have data analysis skills together with an understanding of the design ergonomics and user experience needs in an automotive setting. Experience in eye-tracking (data collection and analysis), the use of driving simulators, and computer programming is highly desirable.  As a people-orientated individual, you will have the ability to influence and engage collaboratively between the teams at Ultrahaptics Limited and the University of Nottingham.

Through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), you will be given the support and mentoring you need to nurture your talent. You will have your own budget for training and CPD to help you develop your current skillset and reach your personal and professional career goals.

The University of Nottingham is committed to providing competitive employment packages, whilst supporting the well-being of our staff to help them reach their full potential. As a University employee, you will have access to the resources of the university as well as a range of benefits and rewards, including staff discounts and travel schemes and a highly attractive pension scheme.

This full-time post is fixed-term for a period of 18 months, funded through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership award, a UK Government scheme intended to promote sustained and mutually beneficial relationships between universities and industry.  

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Gary Burnett, tel: +44 (0) 115 951 14030 or email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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