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Graduate Student Opportunities
2019/20 positions now full! Now considering potential candidates for the 2020/21 academic year starting in Fall 2020 (i.e. September 2020), or possibly Summer 2020 (i.e. May 2020) for exceptional PhD candidates.
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 typically a 2-year (24 months, full-time) 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.
- All candidates:
- 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 September 2020, or possibly May 2020 for exceptional PhD candidates.
If you meet the above requirements and are interested in these positions, please send CSL Director, Prof. Stacey Scott, the following information. Please include “ACI graduate position” in your subject line.
- Curriculum vitae (CV)
- unofficial transcripts (for all past degrees)
- A research statement that details your personal interest in developing and studying technologies that improve animal health and welfare, and why you think you have the right background experiences and technical knowledge to address animal health and welfare concerns on a farm.
- TOEFL/IELTS score (for international students).
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 more details on fees and funding at the University of Guelph, please visit Guelph Graduate Fees or fees, funding and scholarships.
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.