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1x full PhD Research Position (f/m/d)

Open Position within the Human-Computer Interaction Group Bremen, Germany

1x full PhD Research Position (f/m/d)

with the Human Computer Interaction Group Bremen

at the University of Bremen, Germany

to be filled as soon as possible, subject to regulatory approval –

reference no.: A214/19

Salary is according to the German Federal pay scale (100 % TV-L 13).

The employment is for a fixed term of 3 years and governed by the Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract, §2 I (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG). Therefore, candidates may only be considered for appointment if they still have the respective qualification periods available in accordance with § 2 (1) WissZeitVG.

Job Description:

The research group for human-computer interaction (HCI) is led by Prof. Dr. Johannes Schöning ( He holds a Lichtenberg Professorship and the PhD position is supported by the Volkswagen foundation. In our group we investigate how people interact with digital spatial information and create new methods and novel interfaces to help people interact with spatial information. This includes the development and evaluation of wearable technologies, mobile augmented reality and virtual reality applications, interactive surfaces and tabletops, and other “post desktop” interfaces. Therefore, we are currently looking for students excited to do their PhD in this area at the intersection of HCI, geoinformatics, and Ubicomp technologies.


About us:

The position offers great opportunities to conduct independent and blue-sky PhD research in a vibrant research environment. We offer collaboration with other members of the HCI group and other groups within the CS department in Bremen. The successful candidate will be working with a dynamic, friendly, and helpful team of computer science researchers. Our research group is part of the school of computer science at University of Bremen. 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 mathematics, physics, etc. Required skills are solid experience in (mobile) software development (Android, iOS), and a very good command of English (reading/writing/speaking). In addition, the candidate needs solid experiences with the development and evaluation of navigation apps on Android / iOS as well as experience in the sound design of multimedia application. Ideally, you have specialized in HCI topics and already have a good knowledge on conducting experiments in HCI. 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.

Conditions of employment:

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. There is a teaching load of 4 SWS in the final year.


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 & What to Do in Case of Questions:

Applications should comprise a

  • cover letter,
  • complete CV including any achievements,
  • degree certificates (including list of courses and grades),
  • names and contact details of at least two referees,
  • an one pager on your past and future research interests and ideas for your PhD
  • and other credentials if any (e.g., recommendation letters, publications, etc.).


Please send your application to:

Prof. Dr. Johannes Schöning
University of Bremen
Fachbereich 3
Postfach 33 04 40
283334 Bremen / Germany

or per e-mail to:

Prof. Dr. Johannes Schöning, schoeningprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

Application deadline: August 23th, 2019 (or until a suitable candidate is found).

If you have any questions about the position, 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.





Created on 09.08.19 by Rebekka Rosner