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PhD position in Human-Computer Interaction in Zürich

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100%, Singapore, temporary

ETH Zurich is one of the leading universities of the world with a strong focus on science and engineering. In 2010 it established the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC) in collaboration with the National Research Foundation (NRF) to do interdisciplinary research on pressing problems. In collaboration with the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), SEC is undertaking a research programme on "Future Resilient Systems". The FRS addresses the challenges with critical infrastructure systems that provide essential services to modern societies, which is of particular importance to innovation-driven economies like Singapore and Switzerland. Within this framework we are announcing the following job opening. 

Job description

The main objective of this position is the development of a visualization, interaction and notification framework for communicating disruptions predicted from weak signals to stakeholders, i.e., to decision makers in a control room, and to impacted individuals via mobile phone. Tasks include (1) the development and evaluation of design guidelines for map-based visualizations of predicted disruptions, (2) the development and evaluation of multimodal interaction methods, in particular gaze-based methods, for the efficient and collaborative interaction with such visualizations. This research will be specifically linked to the Cluster on "Distributed Cognition Enabled by Data Science" in the forthcoming FRS-II project. The position will be supervised by Prof. Dr. Martin Raubal (PI of Cluster 3 in FRS-II) and Dr. Peter Kiefer (Co-PI of Cluster 3 in FRS-II).

Please note that the employment will be at the Singapore-​ETH Centre and local working regulations will apply. The job is limited to 3.5 years. Workplace is Singapore. 

Your profile

The ideal candidate must have an academic degree in Computer Science, Information Science, Geomatics or related fields, as well as a strong research interest in human-computer interaction and map visualizations. Background or experience in eye tracking, controlled laboratory studies, geographic information science, or related topics is a significant plus. The candidate must have excellent communication skills in English (oral and writing), be team-oriented and willing to work in an international environment.

ETH Zurich
ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

We look forward to receiving your online application including the following documents: letter of motivation, CV, testimonials and the contact information of two referees. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

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