researcher in interaction design

Job Title: Researcher in Interaction Design
Job Ref: AICOS_Jobs_2022_03
Job Type: Full time contract.
Job Salary: Depending on the academic degree and professional experience of the candidate.
Job Location: Porto, Portugal.

Job Description and Responsibilities:
The R&D group at Fraunhofer AICOS holds three departments: Human-Centred Design, Intelligent Systems and Connected Things. The Human-Centred Design department is composed of a multidisciplinary team with backgrounds in design (graphic, interaction, industrial, service), human-computer interaction, health sciences and mechanical engineering. Together with the other departments, this team works in projects for industry clients as well as in publicly funded research. Within these projects, we are versed in user research, co-design and technology assessment, which we mostly apply to the fields of healthcare and manufacturing.
We are looking for an experienced professional who can contribute to our research projects with their knowledge and experience in interaction design, namely in the design of user interfaces and related user experience. This new colleague will manage research projects through a human-centred design lens, contribute to finding new research opportunities, and they will be actively involved in the design and research activities within projects in healthcare and in manufacturing settings.
While working in AICOS’ research projects, this person will be interacting with different partners – from academic researchers to industry clients, from shopfloor operators to chronic patients. It’s a good opportunity for someone who likes the design and research work, but also to have a say in how research projects should be designed and oriented. It’s also a good opportunity to be able to publish research findings, as well as to translate research them through rich materials to non-designers and non-researchers.

Personal Skills:
– Ability to empathise;
– Attention to detail;
– Highly developed aesthetic sensitivity;
– Highly developed sense of ethics in working with human subjects;
– Accountable;
– Proficiency in English – both spoken and written. Proficiency in Portuguese is valued.

Academic Qualifications:
MSc in Design, Interaction Design, Multimedia or similar.

Professional Experience:
– Experience in UI design, information architecture and user flows;
– Experienced with Sketch and the Adobe Creative Suit software;
– Experience in wireframing/prototyping user interfaces;
– Experience in project management;
– Experience in using human-centred design methods;
– Experienced in planning and conducting usability studies;
– Experienced in planning and conducting qualitative and quantitative user research;
– Ideally, with track record of scientific publications;
– Ideally, with experience in client facing activities.

What we offer:
– Excellent work conditions;
– Being part of the team of one of the most renown applied R&D institutions in the world;
– Adequate salary (depending on the academic degree and professional experience);
– Private health insurance plan.

Application Process:
Applications are permanently open until the ideal candidate is selected. A first “cut-off” to evaluate applications day will occur on the 14th of February 2022.
The selected candidate is expected to start working in March 2022.

Applications must be made to the email and contain:
– Portfolio – mandatory (link to online portfolio preferred);
– CV – mandatory.
– Motivation Letter – mandatory;
– Recommendation Letters are optional but also welcome.

The research activities in the scope of this job opportunity are planned to be developed within the following projects:
– ConnectedHealth – Smart and End-to-end Healthcare Management Platform, with reference POCI-01-0247-FEDER-046858, Funded by Agência Nacional de Inovação;
– STVgoDigital – Digitalização da Cadeia de Valor do Setor Têxtil e Vestuário, with reference POCI-01-0247-FEDER-046086, Funded by Agência Nacional de Inovação;
– SINATRA – Smart Industrial Maintenance Through Augmented Reality, with reference POCI-01-0247-FEDER-069974, Funded by Agência Nacional de Inovação.

About Us:
Fraunhofer Portugal’s mission to undertake applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprises and of wide benefit to society currently materializes itself through the Fraunhofer Portugal Research Center for Assistive Information and Communication Solutions (AICOS), located in Porto and born in 2009 following a partnership between the Fraunhofer Society (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft), the Foundation for Science and Technology and the University of Porto.
With a team of over 80 hired researchers and a client portfolio from a broad range of areas, such as health, agriculture, retail or energy, AICOS has consolidated competence in:
• Human-Centred Design;
• Artificial Intelligence;
• Cyber-physical systems.
User analysis in different environments, computer vision, cognitive and decision support systems, and the internet of things are some of the fields of study in this research centre which steers its activities towards applied research and its clients’ success, with whom it establishes close cooperation for the development of innovative, intuitive, accessible and ubiquitous technological solutions. Currently, the innovation themes of interest to AICOS are the following:
• Cognitive connected solutions;
• Digital farming;
• Accountable artificial intelligence;
• Decentralised health technology;
• Living and ageing with data.
AICOS’ track record in institutional and commercial collaborations has built a vast network of active partners. Since 2009, AICOS has been involved in 10 European projects and established partnerships with over 150 organizations in 31 countries.
In order to expand our team, AICOS is interested in applications from candidates feeling to contribute to the particular fields addressed by the centre. We are looking for team players capable of providing excellent qualifications and the skills described above.

Empresa: Fraunhofer Portugal – AICOS
Local: Porto, Portugal
Tipo: Full-time;

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