Two PhD students in Human-Computer Interaction
Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.
The Department of Information Technology (http://www.it.uu.se/) is with approximately 275 employees, including 110 senior faculty and 120 PhD students, and more than 4000 students enrolled annually, one of Uppsala University’s largest departments.
The Division of Visual Information and Interaction (http://www.it.uu.se/research/visual_information_and_interaction) focuses the research on computerized image analysis and human-computer interaction.
Job assignment/Project description: Information Technology (IT) plays a significant role in social and working life. HCI is an interdisciplinary subject and focuses on the development and evaluation of methods and tools for constructing computerized artifacts which support people and society to achieve their goals. Understanding and formulation of theories on the basic conditions of the interaction process are necessary for the design of successful IT systems at work. The importance of IT necessitates the integration of ethical aspects in the development of computerized artifacts. Automation and interaction with advanced technology demand new knowledge of the conditions of use. An important part of HCI is the development of theories and methods on the integration of ethical values during the design and use of IT systems. HCI research in the Division of Visual Information and Interaction has a cognitive profile and field studies are usually a part of research projects.
Working tasks/Project descriptions:
- One PhD student will work on developing basic HCI theory and theory/method for the integration of ethical aspects in design and use of computerized systems and tools. Part of the work is to investigate theories empirically through the construction of prototypes and test environments.
- The other PhD student will participate in several interdisciplinary research projects in cooperation with external organizations. Focus on HCI theory with a Human Factors profile, and applications in Cognitive Systems Engineering (CSE) as well as support for distributed decision-making.
The applicant can apply for one or both positions, but the applicant should state which of these two profiles he/she is mainly interested for.
Qualifications required: The candidate should have a Master of Science in HCI, in Computer Science, in Civil Engineering or related areas relevant to the PhD topics. A strong background in philosophy of science, philosophy, ethics, cognitive psychology, programming, mathematics, and statistics is a plus, as well as experience of system development. Examples of suitable backgrounds are: Civil Engineering with a socio-technological or information-technological profile, Master in Psychology, Cognitive Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Ergonomics or Computer Science with a Usability/HCI profile. It is important with good English language skills and good communication abilities. The candidate should have a good understanding of the relation between IT systems and work development. Knowledge in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction and studies on the interaction of humans and technology are especially important. Previous experience in teaching and interest in teaching are a plus. Since research is conducted in cooperation with external organizations good Swedish language skills are preferable but not a condition.
Each position is for a maximum of five years, and includes courses and at most 20% departmental duties (mainly teaching). You are expected to be able to teach in Swedish or in English. Fluency in spoken and written English is a must.
Rules governing Ph.D. candidates are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, §1-7, and in the Uppsala University's rules and guidelines, at http://regler.uu.se/Rules_and_regulations_in_English/. Salary levels will be determined by University guidelines.
Application procedure: The application should include a description of research interests and past experience, a CV, degrees and grades, a copy of the applicant’s Master thesis (or a draft thereof), relevant publications, and other relevant documents. Candidates are encouraged to include a description of themselves as well as a motivation for wanting to become a PhD student with us. In addition, letter(s) of recommendation and contact information to reference persons, as well as earliest feasible starting date of employment should be provided.
The department is striving to achieve a more equal gender balance and female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
For information about the projects please, contact
Project leader Professor Anders Jansson e-post firstname.lastname@example.org, tel +46 18 471 28 59,
Project leader Professor Iordanis Kavathatzopoulos, e-post email@example.com, tel +46 18 471 68 94.
You are welcome to submit your application no later than 1 December 2015, UFV-PA 2015/2786
We decline offers of recruitment and advertising help. We only accept the application the way described in the advertisement.
Placement: Department of Information Technology
Type of employment: Full time , PhD placement
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 2
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
Carin Söderhäll, TCO/ST
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Stefan Djurström, Seko 018-471 3315
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2015/2786
Last application date: 2015-12-04