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


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


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: