Fully Funded PhD Positions in Human-Computer Interaction at KU Leuven in Belgium

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The HCI research group of the Department of Computer Science at KU Leuven in Belgium is inviting applications for two fully funded PhD positions in Human-Computer Interaction. The research will be carried out at the Department of Computer Science of KU Leuven. Applicants having a Master’s degree in Computer Science or related discipline or a PhD and Research level of study are eligible for these fully funded PhD positions. The deadline for submitting applications is 15 Oct. 2014.. KU Leuven offers numerous positions to young researchers, whether or not in combination with undertaking a PhD. Experienced and successful researchers get the opportunity after completing their PhD to explore their research in depth for a few years and to guide junior researchers. KU Leuven also offers more permanent positions. Besides the classic career with teaching and research assignments as a member of the Senior Academic Staff, we developed an alternative career path as a research expert or research manager within the research management structure, with its own financial and managerial responsibilities and opportunities. We have two fully funded open PhD positions: Position 1: The focus of the research for the first open position is on the design, development and evaluation of second screen applications that enhance the television user experience. The main research interest is to investigate how value can be added to that experience and how user interaction can be designed in such a way that it enriches rather than detracts from the television content. This research will be carried out in the context of a project on personalized advertisements that involves several research groups, as well as content providers and ad agencies. Position 2: The focus of the research for the position is on user interfaces for recommender systems that suggest items to match user preferences. The overall objective is to research the use of information visualization techniques to give end-users insight into the rationale of recommender systems to increase trust in recommendations. In addition, we are researching how we can use visualization techniques to enable end-users to help steer the recommendation process by providing feedback and additional input.. Scholarship is available for applicants having a Master’s degree in Computer Science or related discipline or a PhD and Research level of study.
The research areas of this scholarship are: Scholarships are awarded for training courses (computer, language courses and courses in personal, interactive and managerial skills but also a range of training courses specifically aimed at young researchers (PhD students, postdocs, assistant professors). Applications include technology enhanced learning, music, research information systems and virtual worlds.
Who can apply to this scholarship? We expect from applicants: – an excellent Master’s degree in Computer Science or related discipline – a very good background and interest in human computer interaction research – strong programming skills and the ability to do independent research – strong commitment and the ability to work in a team – a high level of proficiency in English, both spoken and written.
Benefits of the scholarship: It covers:- -Salary – End-of-year bonus – Holiday allowance – Holidays – Insurances
More information about the fellowship:
Duration: Not Known
Number of scholarships: There are two fully funded PhD positions in Human-Computer Interaction are offered.

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