PhD Researcher Position (100%, fully funded)

We are looking for a PhD researcher to join our work on the next generation of user interfaces at the HCI Lab at Saarland University in Saarbruecken, Germany.

We are an international and diverse team and offer 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:

  • Virtual Reality & Haptics
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Fabrication, New Materials, 3D Printing, E-textiles
  • Soft Robotics

You can find out more about our work at We have a strong research focus and ongoing collaborations with major international institutes. You will work closely with members of the HCI lab and frequently interact with members of the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence DFKI, and the Leibniz Institute for New Materials, all based in close vicinity on Saarland Informatics Campus. Saarbruecken is strongly represented at CHI, with 15 main track papers published at CHI 2023.

Don’t hesitate to drop me (Juergen Steimle) an email to ask more or pass by our Lab Demo at CHI in Hamburg (


  • 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: mobile application development, machine learning, AR/VR, robotics, computer vision, computer graphics, embedded systems
  • 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
  • proficiency in English is a prerequisite; German language skills are not required, but a plus


The position is fully funded. Salaries are internationally competitive, based on state employees salary scheme TV-L E13 (100%). They include health insurance, social insurance and contributions to the retirement pension plan. Starting in fall 2023 is preferred, but we have some flexibility.

Your role will involve the design, prototyping, and/or evaluation of new interactive technology and user interfaces, as well as writing up the results for academic publication. You will contribute to the leadership of ongoing projects, will have the opportunity to advise undergraduate and graduate students and contribute to the teaching activities of the lab.


Saarland Informatics Campus is situated in Saarbruecken, in the dynamic tri-border region of Germany, France, and Luxembourg. It can count itself amongst the leading locations for computer science research worldwide, with more than 80 research groups in CS. In immediate proximity to each other, you find Saarland University’s renowned Department of Computer Science, the two Max Planck Institutes for Informatics and for Software Systems, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the national Helmholtz CISPA center for IT security, and several other research institutes, with a total of some 800 researchers. You can find more information on


We start reviewing applications on 5 June 2023. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Please submit a cover letter (describing research experience, fit for position and future interests), your CV, study transcripts, copies of your high-school degree, and names and contact information of two references. Please send your application via e-mail to Anne Bardesono-Koepsel,

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.