I’m Hiring!

… for a Research Assistant, for a new project looking at users, web 2.0 technologies, and how virtual research environments can be designed in the best way…

Applications are invited for the full-time post of Research Assistant in the UCL Department of Information Studies to work on LinkSphere: a joint research project with the University of Reading, funded by the JISC Virtual Research Environment 3 programme. The project will develop a virtual research environment which will allow cross-repository searching across various digital collections and archives, producing a useful user interface to various disparate digital collections. The project will study the way that social networking technologies are used by academics and how they might be integrated into a VRE. Development of the technologies will be undertaken at the University of Reading, with user analysis and usability from the team at UCL.

The post will involve: conducting qualitative studies and recording, analysing and writing up the results as part of a research team at UCL, collaborating with the team at Reading University, and with the wider academic community utilizing the system. We aim to discover how researchers are using advanced technology, virtual research environments, and web 2.0 and social networking applications. We wish to design the virtual research environment to ensure that the needs of both actual and potential users are represented.

Further information on the LinkSphere project will be available shortly from the project website (http://linksphere.org/).

The duration of this full-time appointment will be 1 October 2009 to 31 March 2011 and the salary will be at UCL Grade 6, spine point 24, £24,877 per annum plus £2,781 per annum London Allowance. Applications must be emailed to Kerstin Michaels, Departmental Administrator, UCL Department if Information Studies k.michaels@ucl.ac.uk in two PDF files:-

1. a covering letter, CV and contact details of three referees to be submitted together in one file called X_LinkSphere.pdf (where X is the applicant’s surname).

2. the completed UCL form, including equal opportunities monitoring form, to be submitted as one file called X_UCL.pdf (where X is the applicant’s surname).

Interested candidates can also contact Dr Claire Warwick (c.warwick@ucl.ac.uk, tel: 020 7679 2548) or Dr Melissa Terras (m.terras@ucl.ac.uk, tel: 020 7679 7206).

Further information, including the job description and UCL form, can be downloaded from: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/infostudies/kerstin-michaels/vacancies/

Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 7 July 2009.

UCL Taking Action For Equality.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 10th June 2009.

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