Research Assistant/Associate/Senior Research Associate in Human-Computer Interaction Design

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 02nd Jul 2021
  • Salary: £28,331 - £40,322 per annum
  • REF: 9421
  • Closes: 01st January 1970
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Research Assistant/Associate – Grade F : £28,331 – £40,322 per annum

Senior Research Associate -Grade G : £41, 526 – £49,553 per annum

Closing Date: Monday 2 August 2021

The Role

This is rare opportunity to join the School of Computing as a Research Assistant/Associate or Senior Research Associate in the interdisciplinary research project FinTrust. The project researches trust in the financial industry in multiple dimensions, including from social, industry, consumer, and technological perspective. The research will be conducted in close cooperation with industry and government partners, as well as with other funded projects associated with Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security (known as TIPS).

This position concerns Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) design, evaluation and implementation of interactive and intelligent computing systems for human use relative to automated financial services. Our aim is to design information systems for automated financial services that are fair, inclusive, private and secure. In contrast to methods that consider (machine learning) algorithms in isolation, our research treats bias, trust, and ethics as a ‘system’ design challenge. Your objective is to guarantee ethically designed services and in so doing, prevent financial exclusion or distress of consumers.

HCI is a multidisciplinary field of learning which is focused on the design of computer science technology and, in particular, the interaction between people (the users) and computers. HCI centres on the way that people and computers interact to ever increasing levels of both complexity and simplicity.

We are seeking a motivated individual who is consistently meticulous in their approach to research and adept at problem solving. You should be co-operative and capable of producing high-quality research outputs as part of a diverse and interdisciplinary team. You should have excellent interpersonal skills and an aptitude for fostering close working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. You may be required to design, create and present group research findings to external stakeholders, we are therefore looking for an individual who has originality at heart and possesses excellent communication skills. If you wish to apply for Senior Research Associate youmust be able to demonstrate leadership potential.

For all informal enquiries, please contact Professor Aad van Moorsel (Prof of Distributed Systems) by email: or Mr. Jonathan Warwick (Research Projects Manager) by email:

For more information on the research in FinTrust, please click here.

This position is available on a full time and fixed term basis for 12 months or until project end date, whichever is soonest. You are requested to outline how you meet the essential / desirable criteria for this position in your covering letter. Please state whether you are applying for the position as a Research Assistant / Associate (Grade F) or as a Senior Research Associate (Grade G), please include an explanation for why you should be considered for the role.

About us:
The project is a joint project between the School of Computing and Newcastle University Business School. You will be aligned to School of Computing and will work alongside FinTrust colleagues in a dedicated lab in the new state-of-the-art Urban Science Building

Key Accountabilities

  • Conduct the research along the lines of the programme of the funded project, demonstrating creative and/or highly-skilled design solutions for cyber-resilient financial services;
  • Work successfully in an interdisciplinary team of three researchers and with investigators and other colleagues to publish world-leading research with impact on the services industry;
  • Contribute to the culture and general strengths of the research group and the School, through supervision of project students, participation in teaching and outreach, organise and participate in event, etc., in line with the Academic Staff Career Pathway document;
  • Present outputs of the research from the research team to scientific and non-scientific audiences, in written and oral form.

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Essential for Research Assistant / Associate (Grade F):

•Good working knowledge of the theories and techniques of either machine learning or system design research;
•Demonstrable knowledge of, and research background in web, services and/or algorithms (desirable);
•Knowledge of, and research background in cyber resilience (that is, cyber security and resilient systems) (desirable);
•Experience of working in diverse teams, preferably in cross-disciplinary collaborations;
•Use of relevant, advanced research methods, tools and techniques in the field of information systems and services (desirable);
•Experience of presenting research work at academic meetings (desirable).

Essential for Senior Research Associate (Grade G):
•Good working knowledge of the theories and techniques of either machine learning or fault-tolerant systems research;
•Experience in supervising student projects and teaching students;
•Ability to lead bids for research and/or consultancy projects;
•Demonstrable ability to provide leadership to a research group;
•Experience in supervising student projects and teaching students.

Attributes and Behaviour

Essential for Research Assistant / Associate (Grade F):
•Ability to assess and evaluate concepts/theories and develop original solutions;
•Professional approach with a commitment to equality, diversity, dignity and respect in the workplace;
•An ability to communicate complex scientific information clearly and adapt communication styles to suit the intended audience;
•Demonstrable interpersonal skills and the ability to liaise with local and international stakeholders (project partners, government, industry, general public) as a representative of the University;
•Willingness to travel locally and internationally and a readiness to work flexibly by mutual arrangement;
•Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse and interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary team.

Essential for Senior Research Associate (Grade G):
•Demonstrated ability and a willingness to communicate our research at national and international conferences, to fellow academics in other disciplines and to stakeholders;
•The ability to take a leadership position in conflict resolution, and for assessing and solving complications disrupting the delivery of research;
•The ability to prepare for future research projects that emerge from the current project;
•An interest in teaching and providing student supervision.


•PhD awarded (or nearing completion) in the field of information systems, computer science, or a closely related discipline;
•BSc or MSc degree in information systems, computer science, or closely related field.

Essential for Senior Research Associate (Grade G):
•Evidence of Continued Professional Development (CPD).

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

Requisition ID: 9421

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