Postdoctoral Scholar

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 24, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Computer Sciences & Technology
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Postdoctoral Scholar

Job no: 529151
Work type: Faculty - Other
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Research/Scientific/Grants, Computer and Information Science

Department: Computer and Information Science
Rank: Postdoctoral Scholar
Annual Basis: 12 Month
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 projects.

2. A CV.

3. The names and contact information of three references.
Department Summary
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.
Position Summary
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 used.
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 population.

The above four topics can be seen in context in Hornof et al. (2017)

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 has concluded.

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 impairments.

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.
Minimum Requirements
PhD degree
Professional Competencies
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively as part of a team.
  • Willingness to accept direction and feedback.
  • Ability to collect, document and organize data for analysis.
  • Commitment to promoting a work environment that embraces and appreciates diversity.
    Preferred Qualifications
    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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