PhD position on Human-AI interaction at the IT University of Copenhagen

IT University of Copenhagen
October 01, 2023
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PhD position on Human-AI interaction at the IT University of Copenhagen

The IT University of Copenhagen invites highly motivated individuals to apply for a PhD position starting 15 December 2023 or soon thereafter.

The position is funded by a Novo Nordic Foundation grant led by Associate Professor Jichen Zhu.

We invite applicants who want to contribute to the IT University's vision of creating and sharing knowledge that is profound and leads to groundbreaking information technology and services for the benefit of humanity; and to contribute to the Digital Design Department's research themes on care, creativity, participation, data and AI.

Job description This interdisciplinary project aims to make contributions to the emerging area of human-AI interaction, the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction and Machine Learning, in the domain of health and well-being. It seeks to understand and reimagine new ways for regular end users to interact with AI applications enhanced by explanations created by eXplainable AI (XAI).

Recent advancements in AI and machine learning (ML) have the potential to transform personalized health and well-being. However, regular end users, especially those without technical backgrounds, often face increasing challenges to fully utilize the technology. Even with the rise of XAI to increase AI's transparency and interpretability, end users still struggle to make use of this highly technical information. The overall goal of this project is to address the lack of user considerations and interaction/UX design explorations in human-centered XAI.

The candidates should have a Master's degree in areas related to one of the following: Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, AI/Machine Learning. The ideal candidate should have:

  • Background in either design (e.g., interaction/UX design/HCI) or AI/ML. Interdisciplinary experience in both is an advantage
  • Proficient programming skills to prototype ML applications
  • Research enviroment The candidate will work closely with Jichen Zhu and join the Procedural eXpression Lab (PXL).

    General information The IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) is a teaching and research-based tertiary institution concerned with information technology (IT) and the opportunities it offers. The IT University has more than 160 full-time Faculty members. Research and teaching in information technology span all academic activities which involve computers including computer science, information and media sciences, humanities and social sciences, business impact and the commercialization of IT.

    Working at the IT University Located in modern architecture, a 6-minute metro ride from the center of Copenhagen, the IT University offers an informal working environment, a varied everyday life, and a highly motivated, ambitious, competent, and diverse international faculty, with PhD degrees from 17 different countries. The IT University is an equal opportunity employer and prides itself in actively and successfully pursuing an improved gender balance among students and among faculty.

    Working in Copenhagen Copenhagen has a solid educational system, a rich cultural life, universal healthcare, good childcare, and well-functioning infrastructure. Copenhagen is among the world's most livable cities according to the Economist Global Liveability Index. Living and working in Copenhagen will be a good experience for you and your family.

    Salary and terms of employment Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Taxation's agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) and job structure for academic staff at Universities.

    Qualification Requirements The following qualifications are required:

  • 3 year programme: candidates should have a MSc (or equivalent)
  • 4 year programme: candidates should have a BSc and one year of university studies on Master level
  • Applicants will be employed and enrolled at the ITU University for a period of 3 or 4 years depending on the university degree level of the applicant.

    Application The application and all other documents ought to be in English and must include:

  • A motivated application (cover letter), including a detailed description of your qualifications
  • A statement of purpose, which provides evidence of independent thinking, novelty and originality, of the targeted research field matching the project description
  • A full CV, including name, address, phone number, e-mail, previous and present employment and academic background
  • Documentation of academic degrees (copy of degree certificates etc.)
  • Applications may also include a relevant scientific publication or/and master thesis written by the applicant
  • Name and contact information of two professional/academic references
  • Applications without the above-mentioned required documents will not be assessed.

    The applicant will be accessed according to the Appointment Order from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of 13 March 2012.

    The IT University may use shortlisting in connection to the recruitment process. In case of shortlisting, the Chair of the hiring committee selects applicants for assessment in consultation with the hiring committee after the application deadline. All applicants are notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. The shortlisting of candidates for assessment is based on the criteria in the job posting.

    Further information Questions about the positions can be directed to Associate Professor, Jichen Zhu, IT University of Copenhagen, [email protected]. Early contact with our faculty staff is encouraged.

    Application procedure You can only apply for this position through our e-recruitment system. Apply by pressing the button "Apply for position" in the job announcement on our website

    Please read the guidelines for applicants carefully before filling in the application form. You can see the guidelines through this link Please note that all application material will be destroyed after the assessment.

    Application deadline: 1 October 2023, at 23:59 CEST.

    Applications/enclosures received at ITU after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration. If you submit an application, it is your responsibility to ensure that it arrives before the deadline so please allow sufficient time for upload of publications and other documents.

    The IT University invites all qualified researchers regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background to apply for the positions.

    IT University of Copenhagen, Rued Langgaards Vej 7, DK-2300 Copenhagen S


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