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The NUS-HCI lab is a loving family passionate about scientific innovation. We aim to become one of the best HCI research labs in the world and are always looking for talented and passionate applicants to join us. We invite you to explore our current job openings. We welcome you to join us for an enriching experience.

To Apply

Please email a cover letter and a full CV / resume to: join-nus-hci@googlegroups.com with the position title as the subject. Please include three references and your portfolio.

1. Research Assistant (Coder/Designer)

The position is focused in assisting the Virtual Patient Project. Globally, many universities have been compelled to make changes to the way education is delivered because of the explosive growth in information coupled to increasing student enrollments and the associated demands on relevance, skills and competency training. At the YLL School of Medicine, massive changes are underway to rationalize the curriculum and to re-strategize the way doctors are trained. One important strategy in healthcare education is the use of computer-based simulation. In the Centre for Healthcare Simulation (CHS) at NUS, medical education is enhanced through simulation technology, innovation and research. Since the establishment of CHS, simulation teaching is embedded into all 5 years of medical school using both mannequin-based and the standardized patient simulation. However, the limitations of these two simulation are that they can only involve a small number of students at one time, and faculty have to conduct repeated sessions.  In this study, we propose to develop and implement a Virtual Integrated Patient (VIP) simulator, that consists of short segments of videographed simulated patients (SP)s with alternative branching scenarios and choices that can be interrogated primarily by text, such that the choices made by the student can interfere with the outcome or well-being of a patient. The video will be interjected with formative assessments for the student to gauge their level of understanding. This, in totality, allows self-exploratory learning by the students in any of healthcare profession. Virtual patient simulation has fewer of these resource constraints compared to mannequin-based simulation. It is capable of creating relatively high-fidelity simulation of patients according to scenarios designed for specific learning objectives. With the capacity for exhibiting a high level of interactivity and realism, a wide range of clinical scenarios with guided reflection can be designed into the virtual patient simulation. In addition, it can cater to a large number of learners simultaneously and be used by learners repeatedly as and when needed. Being accessible anytime and anywhere, it can also be integrated into curricula in a more flexible manner. Although the use of virtual patient simulations have been widely adopted for training health professionals, more research is required to inform how to effectively design and integrate them into curricula. We aim to design an algorithm that will allow a natural and realistic way of interaction between student and this virtual integrated patient model.

Responsibilities
  • Assist senior researcher.
  • Assist in the Virtual Patient Project.
  • Handles development of the labs research prototypes and its beta version.
  • Document the code building process and use repositories for building, development and deployment of the prototypes/beta versions.
Skills Needed:
  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area of Computer Science or Computer Engineering is required;
  • Project background in software engineering or embedded systems is a plus;
  • Natural language processing;
  • Front end development (Javascript, React, Redux); and
  • Design skills

Desirable Attributes
  • Innovative, resourceful, and self-motivated.
  • A team player with good people skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

2. Research Assistant

Responsibilities
  • Conduct literature reviews.
  • Collect and analyze data.
  • Overall RA of the lab.
Skills Needed:
  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area is required;
  • Research skills: writing, analysis, experimentation and critical thinking;
  • Coding skills: Javascript, Java; or
  • Hardware skills

Desirable Attributes
  • Innovative, resourceful, and self-motivated.
  • A team player with good people skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

 

The successful candidate will receive a competitive remuneration package commensurate with their qualifications and experience. The appointment can commence any time and will be initially for 6 months, with possibility for extension for another year.