PhD position in the topic area of Human-Machine Interfaces for Automated Vehicles

We invite applications from excellent candidates to investigate the design of human-machine interfaces for drivers of automated vehicles (SAE Levels 2-3) at the Paris Lodron University Salzburg, Department of Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces, Austria. The work will be situated within the EU-Horizeon2020-project HADRIAN (https://hadrianproject.eu).

Key facts:

  • Deadline for application: April 19, 2022
  • Intended date of beginning: to be negotiated
  • Planned duration: 1 year with options to extend
  • Extent of employment: 30 hours per week
  • Salary: approx. € 2,294.00 gross (14 times per year)
  • Application to be sent to: office@hci.sbg.ac.at

The project and your role in it:

The HADRIAN project investigates and defines the driver role for automated vehicles using a holistic user-centered approach that addresses shortcomings of current development and design processes and targets the transition phase towards full automation, where drivers are still expected to perform driving tasks. HADRIAN proposes a fluid interaction HMI, consisting of several interface elements developed by the individual project partners.

The contribution of the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS) is an (ambient) light interface that supplements the other HMI elements via high-level baseline information and directs the driver’s attention towards areas of interest. The project is currently underway and will conclude in Q2 2023. Further employment beyond the project’s duration is both possible and intended.

You will join the project as a PhD candidate and can pursue your PhD at the Department of Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces alongside your project work.

Your profile:

  • Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Computer Science, Product Design, or a related programme.
  • Excellent skills and/or practical experience in one or more of the following research areas: Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Tangible Interaction, etc.
  • Skills to conceptualize, design and functionally prototype digital and/or physical interactive artifacts
  • Basic research skills including setting up a study design and conducting studies
  • You have excellent communication skills in spoken and written English
  • Experience in working across disciplinary boundaries
  • Willingness to work both independently as well as in a team
  • Willingness to engage in scientific writing

Additional expertise (recommended but not mandatory):

  • Preferably previous experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis methods
  • Previous experience with vehicular interfaces or light-based interfaces

What we offer:

  • An interdisciplinary, supportive and vibrant group of researchers that inspire research careers
  • An extraordinary research facility that supports individual styles of working
  • An international, well-established network of industry and research partners

Application:
Please send your application including

  • Comprehensive CV incl. list of publications (if any)
  • Portfolio / website / master thesis / publications (if available based on your background)
  • Contact information

to office@hci.sbg.ac.at no later than April 19 2022 (please state the reference number in your application: HCI_2022_hadrian).

Paris Lodron University Salzburg and the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences particularly welcomes applications from women in accordance with its mission to increase the number of women in academic positions. In case of equal qualification, female applicants will be hired preferentially. Persons with disabilities or chronic illnesses who meet the required qualification criteria are strongly encouraged to apply. For information, please call +43/662/8044-2462 or write to disability@plus.ac.at.

Unfortunately, travel and accommodation expenses for job interviews will not be reimbursed; if possible, remote interviews can be arranged. Employment will be done in agreement with the University rules 2002 (UG) as well as the Employee rules.

For more information contact Prof. Alexander Meschtscherjakov

 

Contact: Alexander Mirnig

Fully funded PhD position in HCI & Learning and Teaching Coding within the project CodeAbility Austria

The Human Computer Interaction Division at the Department of Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces (AIHI) is offering a position of a research and teaching assistant (PhD). The PhD will work primarily within the project CodeAbility Austria, which creates teaching and learning environments in order to enable students of all subjects to receive high-quality and individual programming training. We invite applications from excellent candidates to take part in this project by evaluating usability and user experience in the context of expert and user studies, interface and interaction design, as well as in the creation of didactic concepts.

Key facts:

  • Reference Number: GZ A 0059/1-2022
  • Deadline for application: April 6, 2022
  • Intended date of beginning: as fats as possible
  • Planned duration: 31.12.2024
  • Extent of employment: 30 hours per week
  • Salary: € 2,294.00 gross (14 times per year)
  • Application to be sent to: bewerbung@plus.ac.at

Responsibilities:

Scientific support in research in the field of Human-Computer Interaction as well as administrative tasks, independent research activities including the writing and publication of a dissertation and optional teaching of up to two hours per week.

Collaboration in the research project CodeAbility Austria. The CodeAbility project is an Austrian research and development project with partner universities (Leopold Franzens University Innsbruck, Danube University Krems, Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt, Vienna University of Technology, Graz University of Technology, Johannes Kepler University Linz).

The project aims to create a national platform that enables basic programming education at university level. The Automatic Assessment Management System Artemis serves as the basis. This will be adapted and further developed. A first pilot phase has already been successfully carried out. Furthermore, didactic concepts are being developed that combine classroom and online elements with the aim of achieving a deep understanding of programming. In the future, programming learning analytics will be used to enable individual learning paths.

Applicants will support the project in the area of evaluating usability and user experience in the context of expert and user studies, interface and interaction design, as well as in the creation of didactic concepts. You should have your own research interest in the area of programming or e-learning or learning experience design; depending on your profile, you can set your own priorities.

Employment requirements:

  • Completed diploma or master’s degree in computer science, computer science teaching, computer science, human-computer interaction, interaction design, media technology or equivalent qualification
  • Programming skills
  • Experience with web design and mobile user interface design as well as in user experience evaluation
  • German and English spoken and written

Desirable additional qualifications:

  • Programming skills in Java and Python
  • Knowledge of didactics and programming education
  • Knowledge of questionnaire design, online evaluation, persuasive technologies and gamification

Desired personal qualities:

  • Technical understanding
  • Analytical understanding
  • Creativity and inventiveness
  • Team spirit
  • Willingness to travel to project meetings in Austria and to international conferences

What we offer:

  • An interdisciplinary, supportive and vibrant group of researchers that inspire research careers
  • An extraordinary research facility that supports individual styles of working
  • An international, well-established network of industry and research partners

Application:

Please send your application (CV, portfolio, list of publications, contact information, etc.) to bewerbung@plus.ac.at including the reference Number GZ A 0059/1-2022 not later than April 6, 2022.

Paris Lodron University Salzburg aims to increase the proportion of women among academic and general university staff, especially in management positions, and therefore explicitly invites qualified women to apply. In the case of equal qualifications, women are given priority for admission.

For more information contact Prof. Alexander Meschtscherjakov

Official application document in German:

https://www.plus.ac.at/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/A-0059-Diss-AIHI.pdf

Starting in autumn 2022, doc.hci, a doctoral college in Human-Computer Interaction, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and offered by Paris-Lodron University Salzburg and Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, will host 5 excellent students to study the complex interdependencies of humans and digital technologies.

Theoretical work mixed with empirical studies in five distinct fields of research is what the prospective students can look forward to. They focus on Mobility (Unobtrusive Interaction with Digital Data in Motion), Health (Sustainable Behaviour Change for Prevention and Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Diseases Through Ambient Technologies), Play (Reframing Hybrid Play – A Body- and Material-Centred Perspective), Education (Opportunity Spaces for Informal Education), and Work (Spaces of Work – Hybrid Realities in the Home Office).

Interested students from a range of backgrounds are invited to apply by April 20, 2022. All details can be found on the project website: https://hci.sbg.ac.at/doc-funds.

We´re hiring!!

Job position: Administration at the Center for Human-Computer Interaction
Working hours: 40h/week (Mo-Fr), home office possible
Salary: € 2.528,80 brutto (14x annually)
Start: as fast as possible , expected temporary contract until 18th of March 2023
Job requirements: compulsory school degree; administrative experience; excellent computer and English& German skills; organizational talent and communication skills; team-working ability
Personal qualities: communicative, flexible, team-oriented
Main tasks: internal and external communication; personnel and project management; teaching administration; financial and budget management;

Application
Please direct the application indicating the number of this job position (=GZ A 0064/1-2022) including the usual documents and curriculum vitae @bewerbung@plus.ac.at.

Deadline for applications: 18th of April 2022

For further information please contact: Katharina Schenk or check: https://www.plus.ac.at/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/A-0064-Ref-AIHI.pdf

Contact: Katharina Schenk