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Human-Computer Interaction research group

Faculty 4 Production Engineering - Mechanical Engineering & Process Engineering

Classifications E 13 - full-time
Reference number: A306/20
Closing date: 05/16/2021
Public vacancy

PhD position (f/m/d) at the Human-Computer Interaction research group (lead by Prof. Dr Johannes Schöning), funded by the Volkswagen foundation through a Lichtenberg Professorship

Location: University of Bremen, Germany
Start date: as soon as possible

Application deadline: May 16th, 2021
Salary: TV-L E13 100% for a duration of 3 years

Job description

Today, computer technology is deeply interwoven with every part of our lives. The digital transformation affected the economy, politics, social life, private communication, education, the way relationships between humans are established and how people interact with their environment. As Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) researchers, we have the responsibility to address challenges that arise in this new digital age and to design interactive technologies that can have a positive impact for individuals as well as on a societal scale.

To that end, the successful candidate will develop novel user interfaces and artifacts, conceptualize and conduct user studies and analyze qualitative and quantitative data in the context of human-environment spatial interactions and navigation applications. The successful candidate will explore questions such as: How can people build an understanding of different places? How can we enhance people’s senses to support them with exploring unknown environments?

About Us

The position offers great opportunities to conduct independent PhD research in a vibrant, diverse, and interdisciplinary environment. Candidates (f/m/d) should be open to bridging disciplines from computer science, digital media, HCI, AI, cognitive systems, robotics and engineering.

The University of Bremen is a university of approximately 23,500 students from over 100 countries, offering a broad range of benefits such as sports facilities, cultural activities, and daycare. Past projects of the HCI research group include novel bike navigation system to AI method to map trees on large scales. An overview on our recent research papers as well as our team can be found at:



We love to work with students (f/m/d) with strong technical skills and backgrounds across disciplines.

Following qualifications are required:

  • An excellent Master’s degree or equivalent in computer science, or related disciplines such as interaction design, mathematics, engineering, 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 experience in academic research.
  • In addition, you will be highly self-motivated, passionate about your work, and have a good ability to work both independently as well as in a team in a multidisciplinary environment.

General hints

The position is available for a period of three years (under the condition of job release), with the aim to complete the PhD within the 3 years. As the University of Bremen intends to increase the proportion of female employees in science, women are particularly encouraged to apply. In case of equal personal aptitudes and qualification, disabled persons will be given priority. Applicants with a migration background are welcome.

How to apply

Applications should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Complete CV including any achievements
  • Degree certificates (including a list of courses and grades)
  • Names and contact details of at least two academic references
  • Description of your past and future research interests and ideas for your PhD within our HCI group (1 page)
  • Other credentials if any (e.g. recommendation letters, publications, etc.)

The application deadline is May 16th, 2021.

Applications should indicate reference number A306/20.

If you have any questions about the position or application process, please do not hesitate to address them to the above email address. We prefer applications via email. For a paper-based application, please make sure you only send document copies, as all received application material will be destroyed after the selection process.

Please send your paper-based application to

Petra Tienken, FB3
University of Bremen
Bibliothekstr. 5
28359 Bremen, Germany

or by e-mail to Prof. Dr. Johannes Schöning via Petra Tienken (ptienkenprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de)