6-months research position at the Salzburg Center for Smart Materials

Deadline for application: June 8, 2022
Intended date of beginning: July 2022
Extent of employment: 30 hours / week

University of Salzburg invites applications for a research position in a multidisciplinary project on smart materials. In a joint effort between three research labs, this project aims to forge new links between material science and human-computer interaction. The successful candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team that aims to create new stable and accessible materials that allow for novel interfaces and meaningful interactions. In order to achieve this aim, the project will address the development of new (functional) hybrid materials based on and apply constructive design research to unveil the potential of those new (interactive) materials.

The Salzburg Center for Smart Materials is a joint project of the Department Chemistry and Physics of Materials and the Division for Human-Computer Interaction at the Department of Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg in collaboration with the research department Forest Products Technology & Timber Construction at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.

The successful candidate will be affiliated with the Division for Human-Computer Interaction at the Department of Artificial Intelligence and Human Interfaces which is a highly interdisciplinary research group at the University of Salzburg. About 30 researchers study the interplay between humans and computers in order to enable desired interactions and explore desirable futures. The Center is committed to contemporary HCI thinking and address current research questions, while also valuing established methodology and formerly prevalent domains.

What we offer:

  • Interdisciplinary, vibrant groups of researchers
  • A research project with a ground-breaking, trans-disciplinary vision
  • Extraordinary research facilities that support individual styles of working
  • An international, well-established network of research and industry partners
  • Salary: € 2,294.00 gross (14 times per year)

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 Interactions, etc.
  • You have excellent communication skills in spoken and written English

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 June 8, 2022 (please state the reference number in your application: HCI_2022_scsm).

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 disability@sbg.ac.at.

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. 


This project is co-funded by the European Fund for regional revelopment (www.efre.gv.at).

Contact: Martin Murer