Faculty - Other
Research/Scientific/Grants, Computer and
Computer and Information Science
Review of Applications Begins
March 31, 2022; position open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit the following three items:
1. A two-page summary that describes: (a) which of the four
projects in the job advertisement you would be interested in
pursuing, (b) your ideas for how to proceed with that project, and
(c) how you are uniquely prepared to do that project, such as how
the project meshes with previous work you have done. Your two-page
summary can discuss more than more of the four possible
2. A CV.
3. The names and contact information of three references.
The Computer and Information Science Department in the College of
Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon offers BS, MS, and
Ph.D. degrees in Computer and Information Science. Instruction is
provided by 16 tenure track faculty, 2 emeritus faculty, and 6
career instructor faculty. The department serves approximately 600
undergraduate and 90 graduate majors and offers a number of general
education classes in the discipline. The primary research foci of
the tenure track faculty are high-performance computing, data
science, networking, and distributed systems with cross-cutting
concerns of security and privacy.
Assistive Technology Postdoc
The postdoc position will explore one or more of the following four
topics. The topics are ordered from most-preferred to
least-preferred topic to pursue.
1. Explore the complex psychological and emotional experiences of
parents, caregivers, and researchers, in the context of developing
assistive technology solutions for people with severe cognitive
impairment. The experiences might include, for example, feelings of
accomplishment, helplessness, defeat, heroism, exhaustion, not
trying hard enough, compassion, compassion fatigue, success,
failing, rescuing, connection, lack of connection, and discomfort
with disability. The experiences will be explored using thematic
analysis of in-person interviews.
2. Develop participatory design techniques for people with severe
cognitive impairments who do not have a clear and reliable means of
communication. For some such individuals, the collaboration might
involve behavior-and-response-based activities rather than
traditional collaboration activities.
3. Develop and evaluate a toolkit that permits the easy development
of customized media players that support both media playback, and
behavior-response experimentation. The players would run on
inexpensive hardware; play many formats of media; be activated by a
range of switch types; and respond instantly to switch-hits even
after days of non-use. The toolkit would permit setting of playback
parameters, such as which button causes which media to play, and
for how long. The media player would collect data on how it is
4. Develop and evaluate a means of remotely guiding parents in the
running of longitudinal in-home user-observation studies with
children with severe cognitive impairment. This would include
collecting appropriate data to evaluate the fidelity with which
parents are collecting data. Pursuing this area of research would
seem to first require having a remote study to run with this
The above four topics can be seen in context in Hornof et al.
The postdoc would be expected to assist in the writing of high
quality research papers and of proposals for funding that would
permit the continuation of the above projects after this postdoc
The successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively
with faculty, staff, students, parents, and caregivers from a
variety of backgrounds; and with people with severe cognitive
The postdoc will report to Prof. Anthony Hornof, and will not be
responsible for the direct supervision of others.
This will be a one-year appointment with an annual salary of
$50,000. The position will be in-person; in Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A.;
and must start by June, 2022.
- Ability to work collaboratively and effectively as part of a
- Willingness to accept direction and feedback.
- Ability to collect, document and organize data for
- Commitment to promoting a work environment that embraces and
A PhD degree in Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction,
Special Education, or a related field, is desirable. Experience
working with people with disabilities, ideally severe cognitive
impairment, is also desirable.
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To apply, visit https://careers.uoregon.edu/en-us/job/529151/postdoctoral-scholar