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The Dasher Project is seeking applicants for the following full-time developer/researcher position.

In addition to the job advertisement reproduced below, please read the Further Details document which contains a slightly more detailed description of the role.

Please note the closing date of 1st August 2005.

Department of Physics

Ref No: 129 Grade: NRAS Salary: £19,460 - £29,127 pa
Limit of tenure: 31 March 2006* (see note below)

An experienced Research Associate / Software Developer is sought to lead the software development of Dasher, a mature Open Source application ( Dasher is multi-platform software, which allows efficient input of text by disabled users and on devices without keyboards. Dasher's unusual user interface can be driven using mouse, gaze-tracker or buttons.

The successful applicant will have excellent C++ skills, at least one degree in Science, Maths, Engineering or Computer Science, and should have an interest in human-computer interaction or human languages. Experience of developing for both Windows and Linux platforms, Linux system administration experience, and an interest in accessibility issues are also highly desirable. There is considerable scope to pursue individual research interests related to the Dasher project; an ability to work independently is essential.

The technical responsibilities of the position include:

  • researching and developing improvements to Dasher
  • managing the Dasher code base and providing high-quality releases of Dasher on multiple architectures.

The successful applicant will also play a leading role in managing the Dasher project, including:

  • collaborating with other open source developers and translators who contribute to or use Dasher
  • promoting Dasher to the assistive technologies community and to developers of keyboard less electronic devices
  • managing studies and user trials
  • ensuring the long-term future of the Dasher project

*The position is available immediately. Initial appointment will be to 31 March 2006, however we expect funding to be renewed annually until 31 December 2007, in which case the post will automatically be extended.

For further details, or to apply, contact Mrs KE Scrivener, Senior Group Administrator, Cavendish Laboratory, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0HE, e-mail: Applications must contain a full CV and a completed PD18 cover sheet. Closing date: 1 August 2005.

The Dasher project is supported by the Gatsby Foundation
and by the European Commission in the context of
the AEGIS project - open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards)

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