In the HCI Lab, we explore the future of digital fabrication. We investigate how new materials, paired with 3D printing, laser cutting or textile processing, allow us to computationally fabricate functional user interfaces: objects or surfaces that can sense user input, display information, provide haptic output, or change shape. This opens up exciting opportunities for new generations of embedded, tangible and wearable user interfaces that are characterized by new functional properties, rich materials, flexible shapes, and a high degree of personalization.
The position is situated within this context, in an environment that offers much creative freedom and support to conduct cutting-edge research. You can shape the ideas you pursue, in one or several of the following areas:
- New fabrication techniques for interactive surfaces, objects or devices; e.g., based on 3D printing, laser cutting, inkjet printing, textile processing
- Computational design tools
- New materials for human-computer interaction
- Fabrication of e-textiles
- Soft robotics
- Printed sensors, displays, or actuators
- Personal fabrication
- Real-world exploration of fabrication approaches with user groups
- Applications of computationally fabricated user interfaces
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QUALIFICATIONSA successful candidate has:
- a PhD degree in Computer Science, Information Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Electrical Engineering, Material Science, or related field (or is about to obtain the PhD degree)
- has an outstanding track record of publications in top-tier venues related to human-computer interaction
- creativity, independence
- excellent team working and communication skills,
- high motivation for research at the intersection of HCI and new technologies
- proficiency in English is a prerequisite, proficiency in German a plus
POSITIONWe offer a fully funded post-doc position for two years. The start date is flexible, but fall/winter 2019 is preferred. 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.
Your role will involve the design, prototyping, and/or evaluation of new fabrication 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.