Postdoctoral Researcher in Tangible, Physical Computing and Healthcare

Aalto University

Espoo and Helsinki, Finland


In addition to research work, persons hired are expected to participate in the supervision of students and teaching following the standard practices at the department.

The Post-Doc will work on the Nordforsk funded project: ActivABLES: Tangible Interaction to Support Effective and Usable Stroke Rehabilitation at Home. The project aims to develop tangible devices and techniques to better support at-home rehabilitation for persons who have suffered mild stroke, or other physical injuries that require self-motivated rehabilitation exercises. Currently, such people must complete standard, repetitive activities of daily living (ADL) exercises. Making time and space for these, as well as their dull repetitive nature, can lead to high discontinuation and thus poorer rehabilitation outcomes. By developing novel multimodal (speech, non-speech, haptic, olfactory etc.) devices that can be flexibly incorporated into patients’ everyday lives, we hope to reduce discontinuation of self-motivated rehabilitation. The project is lead by the Department of Design Sciences at Lund University, Sweden, with Aalto and the Faculty of Nursing, University of Iceland as project partners. The successful candidate will work under Assistant Professor David McGookin at Aalto and closely with persons from both partner institutions to complete the work.


The candidate should have:

  • a Ph.D. in HCI or a related field. Close to completion candidates can apply but must be awarded their doctorate before 1 January 2016;
  • Theoretical and Practical experience in Tangible User Interfaces (TUIs). E.g. Making, Arduino, Electronics, CNC machining, 3D printing, Sewing, Craft, etc.;
  • Experience of applying User Centered Design and Qualitative evaluation techniques;
  • Experience (or strong interest in) Health and HCI research;
  • Experience of (or strong interest in) working with physically or mentally impaired participants;
  • Good command of English is a necessary prerequisite. Finnish or Swedish skills are an advantage.

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