PhD Thesis ’Automation Experience

Austrian Institute of Technology

WorkplaceWien, Wien, Austria

We are Austria’s largest research and technology organisation and an international player in applied research for innovative infrastructure solutions. This makes us a powerful development partner for industry and a top employer in the scientific community. Our Center for Technology Experience in Vienna invites applications for a:

- Center for Technology Experience -

  • We are constantly looking for talented, motivated people, who want to develop "out-of-the-box" solutions for real-world problems. Now you have the opportunity to join our AIT- PhD community , with more than 200 international students. Let’s make ideas work – With you?
  • This PhD project is scheduled for three years and is funded by different projects on User Experience and new design approaches for (semi)-automated working environments in the fields of Logistics, Industry 4.0 and Public Transport.

  • While working on your PhD thesis you will design, create and evaluate interactive intelligent systems, which lead to relief, trust as well as secure and sustainable behavior. This covers communication in Automated Vehicles, Smart Home Controls and monitoring of Automated Production Processes.
  • As part of the implementation, you will conduct studies to identify requirements of different user groups and stakeholders towards automated systems and you will identify potential future improvements and innovations from a user-centric perspective.
  • You will carry out independent scientific planning, execution and evaluation of studies and the scientific preparation of results, summary documentation and presentation.
  • For this purpose, you will design and lead workshops & studies in which you will develop innovative solutions using state-of-the-art methods and subsequently evaluate them.
  • In doing so, you will support the project management in the above-mentioned cooperation projects, take over subtasks and work together with project partners from different domains.
  • With your accumulated expertise and know-how, you will support us in the application of further projects.
  • You will develop new approaches and publish them in scientific journals and international conferences.

  • You actively bring in your knowledge and ideas to our team and contribute to the development of our center’s content and challenging, interdisciplinary projects.
  • You will independently find solutions to previously unanswered research questions.
  • You will develop into a national and international expert and bring your subject area to the forefront of international research and continuously build up your network in research and industry.

Your qualifications as an Ingenious Partner* :
  • Master’s degree in Informatics, Human-Computer Interaction, Psychology, or Data Science (or a related field)
  • Comprehensive experience in actual technologies (Intelligent User Interfaces) and empirical methods
  • Ability to communicate and work in a team, commitment and an independent, responsible approach to work
  • Enjoyment of research and enthusiasm for unconventional solutions, creativity and visionary force
  • Very good knowledge of English; good knowledge of German would be an advantage

What to expect:
EUR 2.237,60 gross per month for 30 hours/week, for 36 months. There are additional company benefits. You will be part of our international AIT PhD community and participate in our AIT PhD framework program. As a research institution, we are familiar with the supervision and execution of PhD theses and we are looking forward to supporting you accordingly!

At AIT, the promotion of women is important to us - that's why we are especially looking forward to applications from female applicants.

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