Postdoc position in Human-Computer Interaction

Deadline for application: August 14, 2020
Intended date of beginning: as soon as possible
Intended duration: 18-24 months (to be negotiated)
Extent of employment in hours per week: 40 (to be negotiated)

We are looking for PostDocs in the following projects:

>> Salzburg Center for Smart Materials: The project establishes new links between material science and human-computer interaction with the aim to develop new functional materials and make them accessible for novel interfaces and meaningful (tangible) interactions. It addresses the functionalization of surfaces with re-active or adaptive materials, related interfaces and their possible uses. Through functional implementations as well as speculative approaches of tangible interactions, concrete visions and applications of future smart materials are explored.

>> HIVE (hybrid interactions in vibrant environments): In joining forces among research and industry, this project is situated in the evolving field of human-building interaction and aims to investigate new symbiotic relationships between Human-Computer Interaction and architecture. The aim is to develop hybrid (physical / digital) interactive interfaces that are seamlessly integrated into the built environment of to be built Kindergartens in the Salzburg. The project framework and its ongoing construction projects provide the unique opportunity to conduct human-building interaction research at full length and scale. 

Your future tasks
You will be responsible for shaping and carrying forward the projects’ research activities. Together with further PostDocs and a group of PhD and master students you will be heavily involved in the design and engineering of research prototypes that are of hybrid nature and/or make use of new materials to create innovative means of (tangible) interactions. Furthermore, you will envision, guide and help conducting design and user studies. You will be responsible for communicating and coordinating activities with project partners. Furthermore, disseminating results in scientific and public communities is an important task.

Your profile

  • You have a PhD in HCI, Computer Science, Engineering, Design, Sociology, Psychology, or any field relevant to above projects
  • You have an interest in collaborating with a diverse set of project related stakeholders (e.g., material scientists and chemists or kindergarten teachers, architects, construction companies, respectively)
  • You have a strong track record in HCI-related outlets (CHI, TEI, UIST, DIS, TOCHI, Human-Computer Interaction Journal, etc.)
  • You are interested in shaping the existing research projects and envision new ones
  • Perfect command of English (written and spoken); German skills or the willingness to learn are appreciated

What we offer

  • A vibrant, well-established and well-equipped research environment
  • An international network in HCI and beyond
  • Cooperation possibilities with diverse stakeholders
  • Optional teaching, among others within our HCI master program

Please send your application including cover letter, detailed academic CV, portfolio if applicable, and contact details of academic references to not later than August 14, 2020 (please state the reference number in your application: 2020_PostDoc).

This postdoc position is offered in accordance with the University and Employee Law and with § 26 of the “Kollektivvertrag für die ArbeitnehmerInnen der Universitäten” (Collective Agreement for University Employees; group B1; the gross monthly salary for 40 hours is EUR 3.889,50, 14x per year). For further information regarding this position please contact

Paris-Lodron University Salzburg 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. Individuals with disabilities or chronic conditions, who meet the required qualifications, are explicitly invited to apply. Further information will be provided by via

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