Post-doc position in HCI (Fabrication and Printed electronics)

The HCI Lab at Saarland University and the Max Planck Institute for Informatics ( is seeking a talented and enthusiastic Postdoctoral Associate to conduct cutting-edge research in the area of digital fabrication and rapid prototyping. The postdoc will work closely with Prof. Dr. Jürgen Steimle, head of the HCI Lab. The postdoc will also frequently interact with members of the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the DFKI, and Saarbruecken HCI, all based on the same campus in Saarbruecken, Germany.

Our lab specializes in developing novel interaction techniques, interactive devices, rapid fabrication, and sensing methods in the fields of mobile, tangible, and wearable computing. This position’s focus is to do research on advanced methods and tools for the digital fabrication of interactive objects and devices.

The lab is part of 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. Saarbruecken offers a great environment for research in HCI, repeatedly ranking amongst the top locations worldwide at the CHI conference.

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A successful candidate has:
  • PhD degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, New Materials, or related field
  • experience in the area of digital fabrication OR experience in printed electronics/new materials
  • track record of publications in high-quality venues related to fabrication, human-computer interaction, and/or sensors
  • creativity, independence
  • excellent team working and communication skills, and high motivation for research at the intersection of HCI and new technologies


We offer a fully funded post-doc position for two years. The start date is flexible, but fall or winter 2017 is preferred.

Your role will involve the design, prototyping, and evaluation of new fabrication tools and methods, as well as writing up the results for academic publication. You will contribute to the leadership of ongoing projects while also initiating new ones based on your unique background and expertise. You will also have the opportunity to supervise graduate and undergraduate students and (moderately) contribute to the teaching activities of the lab.

Salaries are internationally competitive, based on state employees salary scheme TV-L E 13 or E 14 (100%), and include health insurance and social insurance. The position is situated at the German Cluster of Excellence “Multimodal Computing and Interaction”. This cluster has been established as part of the German Universities Excellence Initiative to ensure outstanding conditions for cutting-edge research and to promote young scholars.

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.


We start reviewing candidates on 16 August 2017. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Please submit your CV, your research statement, a full list of publications, copies of university degree(s) and/or study transcripts, names and contact information of three references, and PDFs of three selected publications. Please send your application via e-mail to Ms. Mona Linn. Should you have questions about the position, please contact Prof. Dr. Jürgen Steimle.

The cluster of excellence 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.