Austria: PhD Position “Automotive User Interfaces

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The Human-Computer Interaction & Usability Unit of the ICT&S Center at the University of Salzburg invites applicants for a PhD position related to national and international research and cooperation projects.

The HCI Unit is doing research in the areas of Contextual User Experience, Contextual User Experience Measurement, Interface Simulation & Prototyping, Human-Robot Interaction, Automotive Interfaces, Factory Interfaces, Ambient Persuasion, Ambient Assisted Living and Networked Media. The Unit is running several projects including a Christian Doppler Laboratory on “Contextual Interfaces”.

Explore and conduct insightful empirical research into core issues in automotive user interfaces and interaction. Especially, conducting end user research applying social science methodology in the usage context “car”.

–    Conducting a novel, empirical exploration of that research domain
(e.g., field studies, lab experiments, field experiments)
–    Analyzing data collected
–    Interpreting collected data developing requirements for novel
interaction design approaches
–    Presenting and writing up findings for publication
–    Working closely with interdisciplinary team members (computer
scientists, psychologists’, interaction designer etc.)

–    A Master in / Background in Communication Sciences, Psychology,
Sociology  or related fields (e.g. Design)
–    Experience with using the research methods of empirical social
science (quantitative and qualitative)
–    Experiences in statistical data analysis with SPSS (descriptive as
well as inductive)
–    Affinity for the topic of automotive user interfaces

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Applicants should send their application, the curriculum vitae, statement of research interests as a PDF attachment, to

Further information on the position could be obtained from:

Alexander Meschtscherjakov
HCI & Usability Unit
Christian Doppler Laboratory “Contextual Interfaces”
HCI & Usability Unit, ICT&S Center, University of Salzburg, +43 662 8044 4844 Sigmund-Haffner-Gasse 18, 5020 Salzburg

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