Research Fellow on the ‘Smart Money’ project Brunel University London, Department of Computer Science United Kingdom

Research Fellow - FAE0035-1

College / Directorate College of Engineering, Design & Physical Sciences

Department Department of Computer Science

Full Time / Part Time Full Time

Posted Date 15/09/2017

Closing Date 16/10/2017

Ref No 365

Job Description
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Computer Science


College of Engineering, Design & Physical Sciences


Research Fellow Vacancy Ref: FAE0035-1


Salary (Grade R1): £34,714 per annum, incl. London Weighting


The Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London invites applications for a full-time, 2 year fixed term position as a Research Fellow on the ‘Smart Money’ project. The successful Candidate will join our team working on the design of digital money at the Digital Economy group at Brunel. The post is funded by the EPSRC/Digital Economy programme and is a collaborative project between Brunel (project lead) and City University, and partners at the Bank of England and the Office of National Statistics.


The Smart Money project investigates how Central Banks would introduce their own digital currencies using a Digital Ledger or blockchain, allowing money transfers to be shared, tracked, visualised and analysed. The successful candidate will explore the acceptability and feasibility of digital money as a means of payment for everyday transactions, as well as between commercial banks and other financial institutions. They will help address design and governance issues that will encompass its usability, transparency, privacy, relevance and usefulness, and will work with end users to co-design central bank issued digital currency solutions.


Candidates are expected to have a PhD in Interaction Design, Human-Computer Interaction, CSCW, ubiquitous computing, or a related discipline. They will have expertise in user research, interaction or experience design, qualitative methods, and an interest in mobile and ubiquitous computing. Candidates with some experience or interest in banking, financial services or economics would be especially welcomed, although this is not essential.


They will be expected to undertake data collection, lead workshops with users, design and evaluate simple probes or prototypes, and support the work of the other researchers. Candidates will require outstanding research and analytical skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work to tight deadlines in a cross-disciplinary team. The post will involve travel, both in the UK and abroad (approximately 5% and 2% respectively), and the postholder will need to work closely with our academic team and research partners.


Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Mark Perry to discuss these and other aspects of the position informally via email (


Closing date for applications: Monday 16 October 2017

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