Austria: PhD Position “Persuasive Technologies”

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he Human-Computer Interaction & Usabilty 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 the Christian Doppler Laboratory on “Contextual Interfaces”.


Scientific research in the field of human-computer interaction and usability/user experience (international research projects or Christian-Doppler-Laboratory “Contextual Interfaces” respectably), especially in the field persuasive interfaces/technologies, automotive and factory interfaces; the tasks include the methodical analysis of usage requirements, conceptual interface design and the performance of user studies (laboratory- or field study).


– Masters degree in Computer Science, Communication Science, Informatics, Sociology, Psychology, Design or related (interdisciplinary) fields

– Prior Experience in Usability & User Experience, User Interface Design, Human-Computer Interaction, qualitative and quantitative scientific methods (e.g. ethnography, contextual inquiry…), statistics, software tools (e.g. SPSS, Nvivo, Atlas.ti…)

– Affinity with the topics of situated evaluations “in the wild”, contextual studies and experimental field research of novel interfaces and interaction approaches

– Desired personal qualities: interdisciplinary/scientific/experimental concern, capacity for teamwork, operational readiness, ability to work and solve problems independently, fluency in spoken and written English, accurateness, toughness, flexibility, creativity, ability to think outside the box

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 <x-msg://5146/> <x-msg://78/>

Further information on the position could be obtained from:

HCI & Usability Unit

Christian Doppler Laboratory “Contextual Interfaces”

DI(FH) Dr. Wolfgang Reitberger, M.Sc. <x-msg://5146/>, +43 662 8044 4812

ICT&S Center, University of Salzburg

Sigmund-Haffner-Gasse 18, 5020 Salzburg, Austria

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