PhD Scholarship in Human-Computer Interaction at the Univ. of Copenhagen

Deadline: 25 September 2015
Open to: applicants with MA in computer science or a field providing equivalent qualifications
Scholarship: monthly salary of approximately EUR 3,800 


The Human-Centered Computing Group at University of Copenhagen invites applications for a fully funded PhD scholarship in human-computer interaction and information visualization. The candidate will work in a research center that offers a unique opportunity to do visualization research in collaboration with leading companies in bio-based production. The scholarship is funded by Innovation Fund Denmark and will be carried out at the Human-Centered Computing Section at Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen in collaboration between Technical University of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, and world-leading companies in bio-based production. The appointment is for a period of 3 years and is expected to lead to a PhD dissertation.

The PhD candidate will be doing user-centered design of visualizations of sensor data and models in bio-based production systems. This relates primarily to research in human-computer interaction, information visualization, and visual analytic. The PhD student will develop prototypes that visualize data efficiently for different stakeholders and evaluate the visualizations both in laboratory studies and in field deployment within the companies.


Successful candidates must:

  • Have a Master’s degree in computer science or a field providing equivalent qualifications;
  • Have completed a Master’s thesis within human-computer interaction, information visualization, visual analytics, or similar topic;
  • Have strong programming skills (preferably Java, JavaScript, C#, or similar);
  • Have the ability to work independently within an interdisciplinary team and in collaboration with company stakeholders;
  • If candidates have graduated more than 2 years ago, they must document work experience relevant to the objectives and qualifications mentioned above for the interim period;
  • Be proficient in English, both in speaking and writing.

Additionally, candidates need to stand out in at least one of the following key criteria of excellence used for the assessment:

  • Grades that document an outstanding academic record;
  • Scientific publication(s) in recognized, peer-reviewed venues;
  • Awards and honors;
  • Professional qualifications and work experience.


The PhD project will be carried out in the Human-Centered Computing Group at Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen. The salary and appointment terms are according to the agreement for PhD scholarships as of 1 April 2015, according to which the monthly salary amounts to approximately EUR 3,800 including pension savings.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 25 September 2015. Applicants are requested to submit their application HERE. The application must contain:

  • A letter of motivation that includes a short description of how the required qualifications are met;
  • Documentation of academic degree(s); grade transcripts that documents an outstanding academic record. Unless the candidate’s diploma and transcripts of grades are in Danish or English, the candidate should procure a certified translation. Furthermore, the candidate must include information about the grading scale provided by her/his university or ministry;
  • Curriculum Vitae including the name and contact information of two recognized researchers whom they may contact for further information;
  • Copies of scientific publications (if any) in recognized, peer-reviewed venues, such as major international conferences or journals. If a publication has several authors a co-author statement describing each co-authors contribution to the publication should be included;
  • The Master’s thesis. If thesis work is still in progress at the time of application, a draft should be enclosed instead.

For more information please visit the official website.

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