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Graduate Student Opportunities: 2019/20 positions now full! Accepting applications for the 2020/21 academic year starting in December 2019.
Master’s and PhD Positions in HCI, Specializing in Animal-Computer Interaction in Animal Farming Contexts
CSL (Guelph location only) is seeking talented and motivated students to join an exciting new research program on “Animal-Computer Interaction in Animal Farming Contexts”. Students will apply traditional human-computer interaction (HCI) and interaction design methodologies to develop and study technologies to improve animal welfare in animal farming contexts. This research will primarily focus on large-animal contexts including cattle, sheep, pigs, and horses, but may also address animal welfare concerns of other farm animals given opportunities. The University of Guelph has a long tradition of agricultural sciences and veterinarian education. The campus has a working farm, with a wide range of farm animals on site for clinical and educational purposes. The university also has a strong group of internationally recognized animal sciences and animal behavioural researchers that Computer Science researchers will work with to develop appropriate new technologies.
A successful graduate candidate has:
- For Master’s candidates: a 4-year bachelor degree in computer science, or equivalent. Master’s students complete a Master’s of Computer Science degree, which is a 2-year program.
- For PhD candidates: a Master’s degree in human-computer interaction, computer science, systems/computer engineering, human-centred design/engineering, or a related field. PhD students complete a PhD in Computational Sciences, which is a 3-4 year interdisciplinary degree program.
- Experience (or strong interest in) in the areas of software development, Internet of Things, and/or HCI research
- Proficient oral and written communications skills.
- Collaborates well in a team environment.
- High motivation for research at the intersection of user-centred design, social sciences, and animal welfare.
Possible start dates are May 2019, September 2019, or later.
If you meet the above requirements and are interested in these positions, please contact Prof. Stacey Scott with your CV, unofficial transcripts, a research statement, and TOEFL/IELTS score (for international students). Please include “ACI graduate position” in your subject line.
Applications will be considered until the positions are filled. Full funding will be offered to qualified applicants; funding comprises a combination of teaching assistantships and graduate research assistantships.
For further details on how to apply and application requirements:
Information about Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Located in the heart of Southwestern Ontario (100km west of Toronto), the City of Guelph offers the perfect setting to complement your graduate studies. Commonly ranked as one of the best places to live in Canada, Guelph prides itself on maintaining its small-town charm while providing urban amenities for families and single adults alike. The City of Guelph provides a perfect balance of academics and community. With a population of just over 121,000 people, Guelph is a vibrant community and home to a lively downtown core, a thriving cultural community, diverse recreational activities, numerous shopping facilities and a variety of special events. City of Guelph webpage: http://guelph.ca.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities:
- Part-time and full-time undergraduate research assistantships are often available on a term-by-term basis. Interested students are encouraged to contact Prof. Stacey Scott to learn about open positions.