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Internship: Research Assistant for User Studies with Young Children

Posted: 14th June 2018

The Kids Online Anonymity & Lifelong Autonomy project at the Department of Computer Science in the University of Oxford is looking for a part-time Research Assistant to assist with its 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 related to young children’s perception of online privacy risks. 

The Kids Online Anonymity & Lifelong Autonomy (KOALA) project is funded by Oxford University’s IAA grant. It is led by Prof. Nigel Shadbolt and Dr Jun Zhao from the Department of Computer Science at Oxford University. It is one of the first projects in the UK looking into how young children aged between 6 and 10 perceive privacy risks during their use of mobile tablets. The goal of the project is to develop a mobile application that can facilitate parents and young children to make more informed choice of mobile apps together.

In the next few months, the project is looking for a highly capable and motivated individual to help with some of the user studies that will take place in local primary schools in Oxfordshire. The majority of the studies will take place in June and and July. The post will be paid at £13/hr, including time required to travel to local schools.

The tasks include assisting Dr Zhao with her focus group studies with children by taking notes and setting up some simple computational equipment. The post will not require a DBS check and will be under supervision at all times. But the candidate is required to receive a short safeguarding training before joining the project.

If you are interested, please email Dr Jun Zhao (‚Äč. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 22 June.