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08-09-2006, 03:06 AM
Title: Postdoctoral Fellow - The Impact of Familiarity and Design on Product
Location: Downtown Toronto, Canada
Date: August, 2006

Closing Date: Until filled

Intelligent Assistive Technology and Systems Lab, University of Toronto


The Intelligent Assistive Technology and Systems Lab (IATSL) at the
University of Toronto invites applications to the position of Postdoctoral
Fellow to assist in the research on the Impact of Familiarity and Design on
Product Use. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in an appropriate discipline in
addition to relevant experience in a research environment. The start date
is November 1, 2006, although an earlier start is much preferred.

The successful candidate will join a unique multi-disciplinary, multi-centre
research team led by Dr. Alex Mihailidis (University of Toronto/TRI) that
includes several bioengineers, computer scientists, occupational therapists,
speech and language pathologists, neuroscientists, clinicians, and
mechanical/electronic technicians. IATSL is affiliated with many prestigious
institutions including the University of Toronto, Toronto Rehabilitation
Institute, and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Funding comes from a
variety of corporate and institutional partners, such as American Alzheimer
Association, Alzheimer Society of Canada, and Intel Corporation.

Our research program primarily aims at developing autonomous, intelligent
computerised devices that can help people with disabilities live more
independently. A major strength of the research program is the combination
of basic science, computing principles, clinical research, and product
design, and development.

Within this research, you will be expected to provide support for a project
that will investigate how the familiarity and design of a product influences
its use by older adults, including those with a dementia such as Alzheimeršs
Disease. This project is part of a multi-million dollar study funded by the
Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centre on Universal Design and the Built
Environment that is being collaboratively conducted by the State University
of New York at Buffalo, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University of
Waterloo, and the University of Toronto. The successful candidate will work
with the research team to analyse the usability of different products and
designs by older adults, create universal design guidelines regarding
designing for older adults and people with cognitive disabilities, and
define parameters for the prototype of an automated tool intended to aid in
analysis of products designšs impact on their usability. In addition, the
candidate will provide expertise on human factors and usability related to
the groupšs other projects on the design of technology and smart home
systems for older adults. Finally, the candidate will be responsible for
assisting in the supervision of undergraduate and masters level students
assigned to this project, as well as the development of the project as a

The initial position will be a one-year contract, renewable based on
performance and funding. Salary will be based on the applicantšs previous
experience and education.

For more information about our research, visit our web site: www.iatsl.org


The successful candidate must hold Doctorate degree in human factors,
ergonomics, design, usability, industrial engineering, or a related field.
The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of universal design and an
excellence in product design analysis. Previous experience analysing user
feedback on product design is an asset. Applicants must be able to
demonstrate strong leadership capabilities and an ability to lead projects
in a research environment. The applicant will need to also demonstrate an
aptitude for transdisciplinary research that addresses the intersections of
health care, technology, and place.

The University of Toronto hires on the basis of merit and is committed to
employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, however,
Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.


This position will be open until it is filled by an appropriate candidate.
To apply, please send a covering letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of
your research interests (1-2 pages), and a copy of your university
transcripts to:

Dr. Alex Mihailidis
Intelligent Assistive Technology and Systems Lab (IATSL)
University of Toronto
916 * 500 University Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA, M5G 1V7

E-mail: alex.mihailidis@utoronto.ca
FAX: (416) 946-8570

Submissions by e-mail or FAX are preferred. After an initial screening,
selected applicants will be asked to forward three academic and/or
professional letters of reference.