Switzerland: Funded PhD Position in HCI at USI Lugano

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Funded PhD Position in Human Computer Interaction, Affective Computing
and Evaluation at the University of Lugano, Switzerland
Project Summary:

DEDUCE – Design of new tools to express Emotions During User Centred
Evaluation – is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation
(SNSF). The project will aim at designing, implementing and evaluating new
tools for allowing easier interaction with users when measuring
usability of interactive systems. These new tools should stimulate free
expression of emotions generated by interaction with system under evaluation
and provide a mean to record these too. It is expected that these new
interactive tools will be engineered in such a way to be used not only at
evaluation time to facilitate users but also to support evaluators while
analysing data.

The PhD position is in the Faculty of Informatics of the University of
Lugano (USI) in Switzerland, http://www.inf.unisi.ch/. The successful
candidates will build on the Faculty’s ongoing research and will help define
and explore this exciting area of research.

Applicants must have a strong background in Computer Science and/or closely
related areas (e.g. Mathematics, Statistics or Engineering with strong
emphasis on Computer Science) a keen interest in HCI /e- publishing topics
and excellent skills in both written and spoken English, as the working
language of the Faculty is English.

The appointment will be for 3 years, starting as soon as possible. The
salary will be CHF 39’600 for the 1st year, growing to CHF 45’600 for the
3rd and 4th year. PhD fees are paid by the project.
Applicants are requested to send:
* a curriculum vitae and a list of publications
* the name of 3 references;
* a letter clearly stating the motivation to apply.

Deadline for submitting applications is November 1st 2008, or until the
position is filled. Informal inquiries about these vacancies can be sent to
Dr Monica Landoni (monica.landoni@unisi.ch).

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