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Research Intern: User Researcher at the Human Centered Computing Group

Posted: 13th June 2018

The Human Centered Computing group from the Department of Computer Science at Oxford University are hiring research interns this summer to assist with their core research.

This is a challenging and exciting opportunity to work with a world leading HCI research group to assist with the running and analysis of a number of experimental and observational studies across several research projects. The core of our research focuses on exploring designing new digital tools that can shape human interactions. Some examples of our research activities include helping young children understand privacy risks in mobile apps (with Dr Jun Zhao’s Kids Online Anonymity & Lifelong Autonomy project), building digital assistants to make your smart home environment more respectful (with Prof. Van Kleek and Dr Binns’ Respectful Things in Private Spaces project), or investigating how users’ attentions can be influenced by different digital technology designs (with Ulrik Lyngs).

Your tasks may include planning and carrying out lab and field studies with children and adults, transcribing interview recordings, and performing qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

We are looking for highly capable and motivated individuals with relevant experience, including current undergraduate, BSc or MSc candidates reading Experimental or Developmental Psychology, Social Science, (Cognitive) Anthropology, or Computer Science (with an interest in HCI-research), preferably with previous experience in carrying out studies with human participants.

The post is expected to be full-time, and take place between early July and early September 2018, ​£408.07- £516.11 per week​, depending on experience. You will be mainly based in the Department of Computer Science, Wolfson Building, Parks Road. Oxford. OX1 3QD.

Applications should be submitted to​, including a 2-page resume, and a short paragraph of background and interests.

We will start shortlisting the applicants from 5pm on Friday 22 June.

Selection criteria


        -  Keen interest in Human-Computer Interaction

        -  Ability to work both independently, and together as part of a team

        -  Strong interpersonal communication and time management skills

        -  Enthusiasm and interest in learning new skills, and conducting research


        -  Experience with planning and conducting observational or experimental studies

        -  Experience with observational or experimental studies with children

        -  Experience with Thematic Analysis and transcribing and coding interview data

        -  Experience with data analysis and visualisation using R