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Doctoral Researcher in Human-Computer Interaction
Aalto University

Date Posted Apr. 3, 2023
Title Doctoral Researcher in Human-Computer Interaction
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department T313 Dept. Computer Science
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Computer Science
Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 12 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

The Department of Computer Science is an internationally-oriented community and home to world-class research in modern computer science, combining research on foundations and innovative applications. With over 40 professors and more than 450 employees from 50 countries, it is the largest department at Aalto University and the largest computer science unit in Finland. Computer science research at Aalto University ranks high in several prominent surveys (47th worldwide and 9th in Europe in Shanghai subject ranking 2019; and 56th worldwide in Times Higher Education subject ranking 2020).

We are now looking for a

Doctoral Researcher in Human-Computer Interaction to join the Aalto Engineering Psychology Group.

Your role and goals

We are searching for a full-time Doctoral Researcher working on Human-Computer Interaction. The research will focus on user studies and interactive systems. This position will be funded based on an initial 2-year contract + 2 years extension. The key idea is to apply theories, models, and methods from psychology to research in human-computer interaction.

Your network and team

The Aalto Engineering Psychology Group concentrates on research on human-computer interaction to improve theories and methods in Human-Computer interaction. Currently, research activities focus on applying research methods from experimental psychology to Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Artificial intelligence, and Human augmentation.  

Your experience and ambitions
  • eligible for PhD study at Aalto University (
  • a Master’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Human-computer interaction, or a related field
  • excellent knowledge in at least one of these three key areas: quantitative user studies, virtual/augmented reality, intelligent systems/AI
  • very good in scientific writing and communication skills
  • very good knowledge of statistics and quantitative data analysis, hands-on experience with R, or Python
  • strong interest in psychological research
  • very good knowledge in the design, planning, and execution of empirical studies
  • very good in teamwork in an interdisciplinary collaboration setting
  • very good English skills

What we offer

By working in our group, you would get the possibility to join a top-notch research environment in human-computer interaction and have a strong collaboration with other research groups in Aalto and the EU. You would also be able to travel for visits or exchanges with other world-class research groups outside Finland.

The starting salary for the position is 2 602,14 EUR per month. In addition to the salary, the contract includes occupational health benefits, and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. The annual total workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is 1 612 hours. The position is located at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus.

Ready to apply?

If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system Workday ('Apply now!' link at the bottom of the page

The deadline for applications is 31.05.2023 at 23:59 Finnish time (UTC +2). We will review applications as they arrive, and the position will be filled in as soon as a suitable candidate has been found.  You will hear from us the latest within four weeks from the application submission.

If you wish to hear more about the position, you can reach out to Assistant Professor Robin Welsch with the topic “PhD position in Human-Computer Interaction".

To apply, please share the following application materials in one pdf file with us:
  • CV
  • Degree certificates and transcript of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Contact details of at least one referee (or letters of recommendation, if available)
  • Any papers/reports/writing/blog/portfolio/M.Sc. thesis demonstrating your research and writing

Please note: Aalto University’s employees and visitors should apply for the position via our internal system Workday -> find jobs (not external webpage on open positions) by using their existing Workday user account

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period, reopen the application process, and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

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