Project position (pre- and post-master) in 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-Horizon2020-project HADRIAN (

Key facts:

  • Deadline for application:  enduring, 2022
  • Intended date of beginning: to be negotiated
  • Planned duration: May 2023
  • Extent of employment: 20/30 hours per week
  • Salary: approx. € 2,300.00 gross (14 times per year) as post-master
  • Application to be sent to:

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 pre- or post-master and can pursue a 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, Psychology, 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, User Studies, Quantitatve or Qualitative Data Analysis, etc.
  • Basics skills to conceptualize, design and functionally prototype digital and/or physical interactive artifacts OR skills to conceptualise and conduct a lab or field user study
  • 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

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 no later than Sep 5 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

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