ERA Chair

The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) of the University of Madeira invites applications for the position of ERA Chair to begin in the fall term of 2014 or earlier. This position is a research track, career-oriented appointment for a dedicated, passionate thought leader in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Design Innovation (DI). M-ITI is looking for a world-class researcher with industry experience who can further the institute in its mission to become a leading research institution in the European Research Area through the LEAPFROG EU-funded pilot project of the forthcoming Horizon 2020 program.

This prestigious grant awarded to only eleven research institutions in Europe involves a total budget of 2.35M€ for a period of five years including:

  • Tenure research track position with initial appointment of five years
  • Competitive salary commensurate with qualification and experience up to 4 700€ gross monthly salary
  • Salary for hiring three full time researchers at assistant or associate levels and three staff positions (project management, TCO and lab engineer)
  • Startup package for lab equipment up to 260K€ and exchange of know-how with potential EU partners up to 100K€

M-ITI is located on the beautiful island of Madeira, just 90 minutes from mainland Europe.  M-ITI’s vision is to become an influential and internationally recognized center for research and education in HCI in the key application areas of ICT for aging populations, sustainability, and digital culture. M-ITI serves as an “innovation engine” for driving leading-edge research and advancing the strategic development of the University and the region of Madeira.

The ERA Chair will continue our tradition of interdisciplinary HCI research, including the collaboration in the dual-degree Master in HCI with the prestigious HCI Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. The ERA Chair will also have an important role in developing and expanding the current PhD program, managing relations with a strong alumni base and recruiting new students who will enrich our community.

The ERA Chair will become an integral part of the M-ITI community. M-ITI is known for its warmth and generosity of spirit, integrating 14 nationalities in its community of more than 20 faculty and 100 graduate students. We are looking for a pragmatic visionary looking for a challenge and willing to join our culture, working as a team to foster a rich, supportive interdisciplinary environment where top people pursue socially relevant, high-impact results.

Applicants for the ERA Chair position must have a PhD in one of the main disciplines of HCI or a related field, with a strong research track record in HCI and DI. Preference will be given to candidates with  industry experience in HCI and the creative sectors and who are excited by the potential opportunities resulting from increasing the visibility and profile of M-ITI.
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The ERA Chair applicants shall match the profile of an “Established Researcher (R3)” or preferably “Leading Researcher (R4)” as set out in the European Framework for Research Careers.

Established Researcher (R3) – This describes researchers who have developed a level of independence.

  • Necessary competences – All necessary and most desirable competences of ‘Recognised Researcher’ plus:
    • Has an established reputation based on research excellence in their field
    • Makes a positive contribution to the development of knowledge, research and development through co-operations and collaborations
    • Identifies research problems and opportunities within their area of expertise
    • Identifies appropriate research methodologies and approaches
    • Conducts research independently which advances a research agenda
    • Can take the lead in executing collaborative research projects in cooperation with colleagues and project partners
    • Publishes papers as lead author, organises workshop or conference sessions
  • Desirable competences
    • Establishes collaborative relationships with relevant industry research or development groups
    • Communicates their research effectively to the research community and wider society
    • Is innovative in their approach to research
    • Can form research consortia and secure research funding / budgets / resources from research councils or industry
    • Is committed to professional development of their own career and acts as mentor for others.

Leading Researcher (R4) – This is a researcher leading their research area or field. It would include the team leader of a research group or head of an industry R&D laboratory. In particular disciplines as an exception, leading researchers may include individuals who operate as lone researchers.

  • Necessary competences – All necessary and most desirable competences of ‘Established Researcher’ plus:
    • Has an international reputation based on research excellence in their field
    • Demonstrates critical judgment in the identification and execution of researchactivities
    • Makes a substantial contribution (breakthroughs) to their research field or spanningmultiple areas
    • Develops a strategic vision on the future of the research field
    • Recognises the broader implications and applications of their research
    • Publishes and presents influential papers and books, serves on workshop andconference organising committees and delivers invited talks
  • Desirable competences
    • Is an expert at managing and leading research projects
    • Is skilled at managing and developing others
    • Has a proven record in securing significant research funding / budgets / resources
    • Beyond team building and collaboration, focusing on long-term team planning ( paths for the researchers and securing funding for the team positions)
    • Is an excellent communicator and networker within and outside the research community[creating networks]
    • Is able to create an innovative and creative environment for research
    • Acts as a professional development role model for others.

Search Committee

According to the best practices in top Universities and research institutes the ERA Chair search committee has an active role in identifying, reaching out and selecting the ERA Chair Holder.

The committee  includes the following personalities:

  • Prof. James Morris – served as department head, then dean in the School of Computer Science of Carnegie Mellon where he held the Herbert A. Simon Professorship of Human Computer Interaction. Prof. Morris was also dean of the Silicon Valley campus and founder of MAYA Design, a consulting firm specializing in interactive product design.
  • Prof. Robert Spence –Professor emeritus and former department head of the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London and is currently Institute Fellow at M-ITI.
  • Prof. Don Norman – Cofounder of the Nielsen Norman Group, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, IDEO fellow, and former Vice President of Apple. He helps companies make products more enjoyable, understandable, and profitable. His books include Emotional Design, Living with Complexity, and an expanded, revised edition of Design of Everyday Things.
  • Prof. João Sentieiro – Former Presidente of the Portuguese National Science and Technology Foundation and Director of the LARSyS Associate Laboratory.
  • Rodrigo Costa – Former Corporate VP of Microsoft and VP of Portugal Telecom and member of the Luso-American Chamber of Commerce and advisor for the Portuguese Technology Plan. Currently Member of the Board of Optimus Zon.
  • Board of Directors of Madeira-ITI – Nuno Nunes, Pedro Campos and Valentina Nisi
  • Faculty from Madeira-ITI – Evangelos Karapanos and Simone Ashby

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