Tuesday, April 7, 2015

[DMANET] Postdoc in Helsinki (4 years): DEADLINE SOON

Postdoctoral Researcher in Applications of Optimization in Human-Computer Interaction, Helsinki

Aalto University is seeking to hire an outstanding researcher for the User Interfaces group to fully funded position.

The position will be placed in the ERC-funded project Computational User Interface Design [COMPUTED] (2015-2020). The project develops predictive models of HCI and uses them to optimize user interfaces. The research topics include fundamental aspects of interface optimization - model acquisition, optimization methods, interactive support for designers, as well as applications. The successful candidate will join an ambitious research group that is at the forefront of this exciting research area. The group offers a collegiate and stimulating environment as well as access to state-of-the-art equipment.


We invite applications from outstanding individuals with a Doctoral degree in any field relevant to the project, including Computer Science, Optimization, Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Operations Research, and Cognitive Science. An interdisciplinary perspective and experience is highly valued. The successful applicant has demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following topics:
* Optimization
* Modeling
* HCI, especially interaction techniques, input devices, design tools, or modeling


The expected starting salary is around 3,500-3,800 €/month, depending on experience and qualifications, and it will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. The contract includes occupational health and social security benefits. The starting date is negotiable. The position will be initially filled for 1 year, with possible extensions max to 4 years altogether.


Apply by submitting (a) CV, (b) cover letter describing research interests and preferred starting date, (c) two representative publications as PDFs, (d) course transcripts from MSc and Doctoral degrees with grades and (e) names and contact information for two references. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Submit your application via email to antti.oulasvirta@aalto.fi. We start reviewing candidates on April 17, 2015, but applications will be considered until the position is filled.

* Press release of ERC: http://erc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/press_release/files/Examples_ERC_stg_projects_2014.pdf
* Homepage of the PI with example papers: http://users.comnet.aalto.fi/oulasvir/
* For additional information, please contact Professor Antti Oulasvirta: antti.oulasvirta@aalto.fi


Aalto University is a new university with over a century of experience. Created from a high-profile merger between three leading universities in Finland – the Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Art and Design Helsinki – Aalto University opens up new possibilities for strong multidisciplinary education and research. The university has 20 000 students and a staff of 5 000 including 350 professors. In a recent MIT study of the world's leading 200 universities, Aalto University was grouped among the five rising stars. The department is located at Otaniemi campus in the Helsinki metropolitan area, Finland. As a living and work environment, Finland consistent ranks high in quality-of-life. Finland has been selected as the world's best country to live in (Newsweek, 2010), and it is in the top 10 of the most highly educated nations in the world (OECD, 2013). The capital city Helsinki has been ranked as the World's Most Livable City (Monocle, 2011). It is the 2nd happiest place in the world according to a 2007 OECD study. For more information about living in Finland: http://www.aalto.fi/en/about/careers/international_staff/
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