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Jobs: Multiple positions in HCI at the University of Bremen, Germany

Multiple Job Openings in HCI at the University of Bremen, Germany

[Application deadlines: Immediate]

The Digital Media lab ( and the HCI lab ( at the University of Bremen ( ) (department heads: Rainer Malaka and Johannes Schöning) have multiple job openings for researchers, PhD students and Postdocs in the areas of:

  • HCI
  • Novel Interfaces
  • Entertaining Computing
  • Serious Games
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Semantic Modelling of Everyday Activities

We look for full time researchers (reimbursement according to TV-L EG13). The successful candidates will be working with a dynamic, friendly, and helpful team of computer science researchers. The University of Bremen is one of 11 institutions classed as an “Elite university” in Germany, and an university of approximately 23,500 students from over 100 countries, offering a broad range of fringe benefits such as sports facilities, cultural activities and daycare. We love to work with students with strong technical skills and backgrounds across disciplines. Candidates should have an excellent Master’s degree or equivalent in computer science, or related disciplines such as design, psychology, mathematics, physics, etc. Required skills are solid experience in software development, and a very good command of English (reading/writing/speaking). Ideally, you have specialized in one of the disciplines mentioned earlier and already have first experiences in academic research. In addition, the successful candidate will be highly self-motivated, passionate about their work, and have good ability to work both independently as well as in a team in a multidisciplinary environment. The jobs are available for up to 4 years (depending on the actual profile).

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Job: Assistant Professor of Media Studies – Games Studies, University of Oregon

Assistant Professor of Media Studies – Games Studies
The School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC)
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR

Job no: 520583
Work type: Faculty – Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Instruction, Journalism/Communication
Department: School of Journalism & Communication
Rank: Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline: October 2, 2017; position open until filled (Apply now)
Required Application Materials: Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, CV, and the names of four academic references.


The School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) at the University of Oregon seeks a tenure-track assistant professor in media studies, with an emphasis in game studies and related issues for digital media and society, to join a nationally recognized program that emphasizes critical thinking, media literacy, experiential learning, and a commitment to social progress and diversity.

Digital games are one of the fastest growing sectors of the entertainment industry, generating both enormous profits and emerging forms of influence in media, culture, and society. Related developments in mobile applications, virtual reality, and augmented reality likewise are shifting how we think about the nature of media technologies, the philosophies and ethics associated with them, and relationships between humans and machines. The ideal candidate should be poised to help position the SOJC at the forefront of research in game studies and digital studies more generally.

Ideal assistant professor candidates will have a Ph.D. (ABD considered), a well-defined research agenda with evidence of scholarly publication, and a demonstrated teaching ability at the collegiate level. Experience with applying for and securing external grants from relevant government and private sources is especially desired. Professional experience in game design/development and/or other relevant forms of digital media work is desired but not required. The ideal candidate will offer the ability to research, teach, and lead in an innovative fashion.

The candidate should demonstrate the ability to teach courses in game studies, digital media and society, and other areas of the media studies undergraduate area. Teaching opportunities in the candidate’s additional areas of specialization (if applicable) are potentially available across the undergraduate curriculum, as well as in our academic master’s and doctoral programs in Media Studies and our graduate professional programs in both Eugene and Portland. Additionally, the ability to teach courses in ethics and media law may be given special consideration.

We value candidates who share the following school priorities; namely attracting undergraduate and graduate talent, offering relevant experiential learning opportunities, and academic excellence through enhanced research productivity.

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Job: Assistant Professor, Media Theory, Culture, and Technology at Media School of Indiana University

Assistant Professor, Media Theory, Culture, and Technology at Media School of Indiana University

Initial application deadline: October 20, 2017

The Media School at Indiana University Bloomington invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2018. Candidates for this position should have an established record of publication and teaching at the intersection of media theory, culture, and technology. Areas of specialization may include but are not limited to screen studies, emergent media, sound studies, software studies, media history, and technology studies. Digital humanities approaches are welcome. The successful candidate can expect to be working in an innovative, newly-created Media School that brings together cinema and media studies, journalism, communication science, and media production, offering curricular tracks in these areas as well as game design, media management, and media technologies and cultures. The position’s duties include teaching, research, and service. The candidate should have a Ph. D. in Media Studies, Film Studies, or a closely related field or be ABD at the time of application. Read more on Job: Assistant Professor, Media Theory, Culture, and Technology at Media School of Indiana University…

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Jobs: PhD positions on Multi-Party Virtual Coaching in European Horizon-2020 project

Three PhD positions on Virtual Coaches
European Horizon-2020 project Council of Coaches

Do you want to put your talents at work to develop a new coaching concept? Do you want to work on an innovative project in an international environment? Are you excellent in what you do and do you have strong social skills?

Come and apply for one of three PhD positions available on Multi-Party Virtual Coaching!

In the context of the European Horizon-2020 project Council of Coaches, the University of Twente and Roessingh Research and Development are looking for three highly motivated PhD candidates to help shape the future of virtual coaching technologies in the healthcare domain. You will be working in a highly interdisciplinary and international research project – Council of Coaches. The project is an international collaboration between Universities and companies from the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Spain and France (see the Consortium page). The project introduces a radically new virtual coaching concept based on multiple autonomous, embodied virtual coaches, which form together a personal council that coaches older adults towards a healthy lifestyle. Each coach has his own expertise, personality and style of coaching; they might not always agree with each other, but they all share a single goal: to support the user across every aspect of well-being, including physical, social, cognitive and mental support.


The three available PhD positions focus on three distinct, but aligned sub-tasks of the project:

  • Position #1: Smart Behavior Mining (University of Twente)
  • Position #2: Human-Computer Interfaces (University of Twente)
  • Position #3: Coaching Strategies and Knowledge Base (Roessingh Research and Development)

See the details of the three positions below. If you have any general questions about the vacancies or the project, please send an email to Read more on Jobs: PhD positions on Multi-Party Virtual Coaching in European Horizon-2020 project…

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Job: Postdoctoral Researcher in Ethics of AI at Oxford Internet Institute

Oxford Internet Institute
A multidisciplinary research and teaching department of the University of Oxford, dedicated to the social science of the Internet.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Ethics of AI
Grade 7: £31,076 to £38,183 p.a.
Vacancy ID: 129889
Closing Date: 3 August 2017 12:00pm BST
Posted Date: 5 July 2017

The Oxford Internet Institute is a leading centre for research into individual, collective, and institutional behaviour on the Internet. We are looking for a full-time Postdoctoral Researcher to collaborate with Professor Luciano Floridi on existing and plausible, foreseeable ethical challenges and opportunities posed by AI and our interactions with AI. Read more on Job: Postdoctoral Researcher in Ethics of AI at Oxford Internet Institute…

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Job: Full Research Assistant position in Social Cognitive Systems at University of Bielefeld

Full Research Assistant position for 3 years (further extension possible)

The Social Cognitive Systems Group (led by Prof. Stefan Kopp)
Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC)
Bielefeld University, Germany

Application deadline: July 19, 2017

Salary is according to German TVL-E13 scale, which is around 3500 EUR per month before taxes (depending on age, experience, family status).

The successful candidate is highly motivated to contribute to the group’s research and teaching in the field of responsive interactive cognitive systems like virtual agents and/or social robots. The group is part of the Center of Excellence in “Cognitive Interaction Technology” (CITEC) at Bielefeld University and runs several cutting-edge research projects funded by EU, DFG, or BMBF (federal ministry of eduction and research). For more information see:

In particular, we are seeking candidates with a strong background and/or interest in

  • realtime architectures for embodied interactive systems and conversational agents
  • social behavior generation and animation
  • cognitive systems and machine learning

Good command of the English language, programming skills and a solid knowledge of math is required. Teaching at undergraduate and graduate level is mandatory. The successful candidate is encouraged to publish scientific papers and to work towards a successful scientific qualification (PhD).

For more information, please contact:
Stefan Kopp (Tel: +49 521 1062921,

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Job: Tenure-track faculty position in Augmented/Virtual Reality at American University

Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor for Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality
American University
, Washington, D. C.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin Sept. 1, 2017; open until filled

Date Posted: July 3, 2017
Type: Tenured, tenure track
Salary: Competitive
Employment Type: Full-time

The School of Communication (SOC) at American University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in the field of Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor beginning August 1, 2018. Rank is dependent on experience. Applicants should have a terminal degree in an appropriate field. Read more on Job: Tenure-track faculty position in Augmented/Virtual Reality at American University…

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Job: Post-doc position in Dialog Systems and Social Robotics

Postdoctoral position in Dialog systems and Social robotics
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Computer Science and Communication
Stockholm, Sweden

Last application date: 31 August 2017


The work will be done in a newly funded project called “Exploring situated interaction with social robots using augmented reality”, lead by Assoc. Prof. Gabriel Skantze. The goal of the project is to explore how augmented reality can be used to create virtual robots that can interact with humans. A central question will be how social robots should engage in spoken interaction with humans in their surroundings, and how they can adapt their conversational behavior to the users’ level of attention and engagement.

The initial task will be to develop a framework using (for example) Microsoft HoloLens and our open source tools for conversational systems (IrisTK). This framework will then be used to record interaction data, and build machine learning models that can be used to understand the user’s behavior, as detected by the HoloLens sensors. Finally, the framework will be used for controlled experiments in which we will explore how the robot’s behavior and appearance affects the interact ion, and compare with physical robots.

The position is mainly a research position, with a small fraction of departmental duties (e.g. teaching). This postdoctoral position is a full-time employed position for one year with a possible one-year extension. The starting date is open for discussion, though ideally we would like the successful candidate to start as soon as possible.


Applicants should have a PhD degree in a subject relevant for the research, such as computer science, speech technology, computational linguistics, or cognitive science. The position requires good skills in programming, machine learning, and statistical analysis. Good command of English, in writing and speaking, is a prerequisite for presenting research results in international periodicals and at conferences. We also expect applicants to have a deep interest in spoken language interaction, and to have done their PhD in a related area. Read more on Job: Post-doc position in Dialog Systems and Social Robotics…

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Job: Professor of Digital Living (with tenure) at Northumbria University, UK

Northumbria University, UK
Position: Professor of Digital Living (with tenure)
Faculty: Engineering and Environment

Deadline: 7th June 2016

Northumbria University, UK, is currently recruiting for a Professor of Digital Living. To further strengthen our world-leading research we are investing to develop exciting opportunities in multi-disciplinary research areas. The Digital Living multidisciplinary research theme draws together expertise from the Faculty of Engineering & Environment, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Faculty of Business & Law and Faculty of Art, Design and Social Sciences.

We are particularly keen to encourage applications from those with research interests in the areas of: Urban Informatics, Human-Computer Interaction, Data Analytics, Social Computing, Interactive Architecture, Smart Cities.

Successful applicants would join either the Department of Computer and Information Science or the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, and will become part of the strong community of HCI researchers at Northumbria (see: Read more on Job: Professor of Digital Living (with tenure) at Northumbria University, UK…

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Job: Postdoctoral position on design of museum experiences at IT University of Copenhagen

Postdoctoral position in the GIFT project on design of museum experiences
The IT University of Copenhagen

Application Deadline: 6 June 2017

The IT University of Copenhagen invites highly motivated individuals to apply for a postdoc position starting on 1 September 2017 or soon thereafter for a duration of one year, with a possibility for extension.

The position will form part of a Horizon 2020 project entitled “Meaningful Personalization of Hybrid Virtual Museum Experiences Through Gifting and Appropriation (The GIFT project)”, at the Center for Computer Games Research. The GIFT project aims to develop a framework with tools, theory, and best practice guidelines to guide the development of mobile apps for museums that facilitate personalized experiences of both digital and physical museum exhibitions, along with two prototypes of such applications.

The project includes 6 European research partners beside ITU: Blast Theory (UK), NextGame (RS), University of Nottingham (UK), University of Uppsala (SE), European Foundation (NL) and Culture24 (UK). In addition, the project will work with representatives from museums in 8 countries: Denmark, UK, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Norway, Serbia and the US.

For more information, see the project website:

Candidates for the positions will be expected to contribute to both the project’s outcome and research goals. The project’s outcome goals include:

  • Formulating a set of best practice guidelines for meaningful personalisation of hybrid virtual museum experiences, based on an action research process with a panel of museum partners;
  • Contribute to the design of prototypes for hybrid virtual museum experiences;
  • Study, validate and evaluate prototypes developed by project partners.

In addition, the project has the following research goals:

  • Develop innovative approaches to the design of playful experiences with art and cultural heritage;
  • Formulate new perspectives on pervasive games and other playful experiences that incorporate both physical and virtual presence;
  • Propose new approaches for facilitating personalized experiences with cultural heritage, which aim to bridge or problematize the distances between audiences, and heritage, e.g. cultural, historical, ideological, aesthetic, or other.

The postdoctoral researcher’s task is to contribute to the development of the overall GIFT framework by consolidating knowledge from design experiments and action research into design guidelines that can be used by museum professionals and designers. The researcher’s main task is to help to turn project’s research results into actionable guidelines for designers and other practitioners. This may entail both practical design work as well as studying and reviewing experimental results from other parts of the GIFT project. In addition, the candidate may be asked to contribute to developing new proposals for external funding. We seek a highly motivated candidate with interest in researching and designing for museums and other cultural institutions. Experience with applications for research funding is also valued. Technical competencies with relevant technologies (e.g. mobile application development, mixed reality/augmented reality applications, etc.) is a plus but is not necessary. The candidate is expected to do research resulting in one or more publications at a high international level, including the project’s planned midway symposium, final conference, and anthology. The project is based on a strong international team with an ambitious publication strategy and great interest in supporting younger researchers to succeed with their research. The project team aims to develop several high-quality co-authored publications, to which the postdoctoral researcher is expected to contribute.


  • PhD in a relevant field such as design, media, and communication, computer games, computer science, arts, museology or other cognate areas.
  • Candidates should have a high level of oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Candidates who can document practical experience with design and/or development in the field are prioritized.

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