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Research Assistant - QMUL6627

Department: School of Electronic Engineering & Computer Science
Salary: £29,317 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL6627
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 17-Sep-2015
Closing date: 17-Oct-2015

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The School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant as part of the project "Connected Seeds and Sensors."

To refine and develop the prototype sensor hardware and data collection infrastructure software system for the smart seed-bank prototype and support the sensing studies indicated in the EPSRC ‘Research in the Wild’ Project Connected Seeds and Sensors

Using participatory design methods, we will co-create, conduct, and evaluate our research with Spitalfields City Farm, an urban grassroots food-growing community. We will use connected sensors and tracking technologies to support the telling of stories of seeds and plants, as well as the people who grew them. Through the development of a smart seed-bank we will interrogate how the combination of smart sensors, data collection, and participatory co-design can help raise awareness, empower communities and increase participation in sustainable urban food practices.

Applicants are expected to demonstrate outstanding experience in use of sensors and data collection (e.g., use of off-the-shelf kits, or self-designed sensors based on Intel Edison/Arduino/etc). The successful candidate should have significant knowledge of embedded computing and ambient sensors, data collection, transmission, storage, and analysis from sensing systems. They should have practical skills in the ability to organise and prioritise own work and organise research within the project timetable.

This is a full time post for 9 months starting on 1 November 2015. The salary will be £29,317 per annum inclusive of London allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Nick Bryan-Kinns at

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To apply, please click the "apply for this job" link below. The closing date for applications is 17 October 2015 and interviews are expected to be held shortly afterwards.

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