Research Scientist

Description: Laboratory for Computer Science, to do research on Semantic Web based collaborative environments, Web related accessibility, and usability. The work will include leading the Annotea project which focuses on Web annotation, and which is part of the advanced development in the Semantic Web Activity; user interface and scenario development for Annotea, Amaya, other Semantic Web projects and the collaborative environment at W3C. An important part of the work is to investigate how the Semantic Web can be used to advance accessibility goals. The researcher will also be part of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Research and Development Interest Group (RDIG) and be a liaison with the Oxygen research project at MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science (LCS), to help pursue a shared understanding of accessibility. The researcher will participate in the WAI Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) to develop technical reference Notes and participate on as-needed basis as a usability expert in developing the WAI's accessibility guidelines for Web Content, Authoring Tools, and User Agents. Part of the responsibility in the areas of Semantic Web and accessibility will include tracking the research, Web trends, and Web interfaces, that impact the future of these areas and developing contacts with universities to promote increased interaction.

Qualifications: knowledge of user interface and Web design, usability and Web accessibility issues, and experience in usability testing. The applicant must have experience in research and project management and have an advanced degree in Computer Science, preferably focusing on usability. Experience in supervising students' theses work is a plus. Familiarity with W3C and W3C languages including RDF, CSS, XHTML, SVG, and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines preferred.

To apply, please send a copy of your CV or Résumé; with a detailed cover letter mentioning post 01-0495 to

Sue Shannon <shannon@mit.edu>
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA  02139
with a copy to <job-apps@w3.org>

MIT/LCS is an equal opportunity employer. Applications for a post at MIT must be made through the proper channel as above.

(MIT Job Number 01 -0495)