The Memory Machine (MeMa) project is funded by Horizon Digital Economy Research at the University of Nottingham. The aim of the project is to design and build a physical artefact to be used to collect and share memories, in particular focussing on adults with early-stage dementia, their families, and associated care staff. This Memory Machine will be a custom-built physical repository into which users will be able to enter ‘memories’ in digital formats and integrate participatory approaches into the design. Physically, the Memory Machine will be constructed from a Raspberry Pi 4 device running the latest Raspberry Pi OS, connected to other sensors and actuators via an Arduino or other microcontroller. Memories can be any type of file but will primarily be video, audio and graphical formats. Users will be able to access the memories that they have deposited and also elect to share them with specific others, such as family members. The Memory Machine will also contain generic, publicly available information, such as images from archives, that are accessible to all.
We are now seeking a software developer for a 3-month period to take our designs and develop the actual Memory Machine. The principle tasks for the developer will be to:
• Review the documentation from the MeMa project, including the designs, and create a specification for the software and hardware.
• Develop the software and hardware platform for the Memory Machine.
• Work with the rest of the project team and other parties in an iterative manner to integrate the hardware and software into a final physical artefact.
The selected candidate will be expected to primarily work alone with weekly supervision meetings with Dominic Price to review and coordinate development.
Who should apply
The ideal candidate should be able to demonstrate strong software development skills across the board. User interface, usability design, and backend software skills are required,
as is the ability to interface with small physical devices and sensors (in particular the Arduino and Raspberry Pi platforms). The choice of programming language, exact hardware,
development environment, etc., is flexible and will be determined by the selected candidate. Understanding the importance of timekeeping and the need to meet the deployment schedule will be paramount.
Eligibility and financial aspects
This job is for a period of 3 months (full-time).
In general, postgraduate students from The University of Nottingham are able to apply, on the understanding they suspend their stipend. This is due to the nature of the funding source. For oversees students a Visa has to be in place already and must cover the duration of the internship to be eligible.
The position will be based at Horizon Digital Economy Research at the University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus. Flexible working is possible but the ability to come to campus will be required, and on-site working is preferred.
How To Apply
Applications should be made in writing with a cover letter and CV emailed to Dominic Price. Informal enquiries can also be made to this address. The closing date for applications is midday BST, Monday 12th September.