Doctoral Program Human-Computer Interaction

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Starting in autumn 2022, doc.hci, a doctoral college in Human-Computer Interaction, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and offered by Paris-Lodron University Salzburg and Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, will host 5 excellent students to study the complex interdependencies of humans and digital technologies.
Theoretical work mixed with empirical studies in five distinct fields of research is what the prospective students can look forward to. They focus on 
  • Mobility - Unobtrusive Interaction with Digital Data in Motion
  • Health - Sustainable Behaviour Change for Prevention and Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Diseases Through Ambient Technologies
  • Play - Reframing Hybrid Play – A Body- and Material-Centred Perspective
  • Education - Opportunity Spaces for Informal Education
  • Work - Spaces of Work – Hybrid Realities in the Home Office
Interested students from a range of backgrounds are invited to apply by June 29, 2022.
All details can be found on the project website: 

Key facts:
  • Second deadline for application: June 29, 2022
  • Intended date of beginning: to be negotiated (latest October 1, 2022)
  • Planned duration: up to 4 years
  • Extent of employment: 30 hours per week
  • Salary: approx. 32.204.- € per year (gross, based on FWF standard salaries 2022


The programme and faculty:

The doctoral programme doc.hci is a newly established, 4-year training programme in the field of Human Computer Interaction. It is run by two Universities, Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS) and Salzburg University of Applied Sciences (FHS), and is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).
The programme will start in October 2022. It will consist of courses such as formal PhD seminars, doctoral college weeks, as well as informal PhD clubs. Doctoral students will be supervised by a team comprising of experts from both institutions (PLUS and FHS).
The programme’s faculty includes researchers in the field of HCI and design research, such as Manfred Tscheligi, Christopher Frauenberger, Alexander Meschtscherjakov, Verena Fuchsberger, Alina Krischkowsky, Markus Tatzgern, Bernhard Maurer, and Simon Ginzinger.

Your profile:

  • Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Computer Science, (Product, Interface, Service) Design, Psychology, Humanities, Social Sciences, or any other programme related to HCI
  • Excellent skills and/or practical experience in one or more of the following research areas: Human- Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Tangible Interaction, Design Fiction, Empirical Research, Science and Technology Studies, etc.
  • Experience in working across disciplinary boundaries
  • You have excellent communication skills in spoken and written English
  • Willingness to work both independently as well as in a team
  • Skills to conceptualize, design and prototype digital and/or physical interactive artifacts
  • Willingness to engage in scientific writing

What we offer:

  • An interdisciplinary, supportive and vibrant group of researchers that inspire research careers
  • An extraordinary research facility that supports individual styles of working
  • An international, well-established network of industry and research partners Application
  • Planned duration: up to 4 years
  • Extent of employment: 30 hours per week
  • Salary: approx. 32.204.- € per year (gross, based on FWF standard salaries 2022


Please send your application including
  • Comprehensive CV incl. list of publications (if any)
  • Motivation letter (max 2 pages) including a statement that clarifies preferences and rationales for one or more of the 5 aforementioned PhD projects
  • Portfolio / website / master thesis / bachelor thesis / publications (if available based on your background)
  • Up to 3 names who could provide a reference (no reference letters required)
  • Contact information
to no later than 29 June 2022 (please state the reference number in your application: HCI_2022_doc.hci).

For further information regarding this position, please contact
ParisLodron University Salzburg and the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences 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. Persons with disabilities or chronic illnesses who meet the required qualification criteria are strongly encouraged to apply. For information, please call +43/662/8044-2462 or write to

Unfortunately, travel and accommodation expenses for job interviews will not be reimbursed; if possible, remote interviews can be arranged. Employment will be done in agreement with the University rules 2002 (UG) as well as the Employee rules.