PhD researcher position in HCI

The HCI Lab at Saarland University and the Max Planck Institute for Informatics ( is inviting applications for a fully-funded doctoral researcher position. The HCI Lab, led by Prof. Dr. Jürgen Steimle, specializes in developing novel interaction techniques, interactive devices and rapid fabrication in the fields of mobile, tangible, and wearable computing. Our current focus is on wearable user interfaces (interactive skin) and on the digital fabrication of interactive objects.

The HCI Lab is associated with the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and the German Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction. We have a strong research focus, a strong presence in the international key conferences of HCI, and ongoing collaborations with major international institutes.

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We seek an outstanding candidate with strong technical skills and profound interest in Human-Computer Interaction to conduct research on how to interact with computers of the future. Work in the group involves conceiving innovative forms of interaction, implementing software and/or hardware prototypes, and empirically evaluating them in user studies.

A successful candidate has:
  • a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science or a related area, or is about to receive it
  • outstanding academic performance (rank at top of class)
  • strong technical competencies in at least one of the following areas: embedded systems, mobile application development, computer vision, computer graphics, machine learning
  • strong interest in human-computer interfaces; knowledge of user interface design and physical prototyping is an advantage
  • excellent programming skills
  • strong team working and critical thinking skills
  • show aptitude for independent, creative work
  • German language skills are not required, but a plus


We offer a fully funded PhD position. Salaries are internationally competitive, based on state employees salary scheme TV-L E 13 (100%), and include health insurance and social insurance. The start date is flexible, but fall/winter 2018 is preferred.

Saarbruecken can count itself amongst the best locations for computer science research worldwide. In immediate proximity to each other on the Saarbrücken Campus, you find Saarland University’s Department of Computer Science, the two Max Planck Institutes for Informatics and for Software Systems, the German Excellence Cluster “Multimodal Computing and Interaction”, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Intel Visual Computing Institute, and a few other research institutes, all in all with some 400 researchers. Together they attract talent from all over the world with the Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science playing an important supporting role. You can find more information on


We start reviewing candidates on 5 June 2018. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Please submit your CV, your research statement, copies of your university degree(s) and/or study transcripts, copies of your high-school degree, and names and contact information of two references. Please send your application via e-mail to Mrs. Kathrin Keim, Should you have questions about the position, please contact Prof. Dr. Jürgen Steimle

Saarland University is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the policy of increasing the proportion of women in this type of employment, we actively encourage applications from women. For candidates with equal qualifications, preference will be given to people with physical disabilities.