The Doctoral College

Starting in 2022, doc.hci, a doctoral college in Human-Computer Interaction offered by Paris-Lodron University Salzburg and Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, will host 5 excellent students to study the complex interdependencies of humans and digital technologies.

The programme is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and will start in October 2022. It will consist of courses such as formal PhD seminars, doctoral college weeks and courses, as well as informal PhD clubs. PhDs will be supervised by a supervision team of both institutions (PLUS and FHS). 


All PhD projects will contribute to three overarching research questions that provide a shared theoretical and methodological framing:

  1. Theory: How can we conceptualise the relations between humans and digital technologies within a socio-material world to account for the complexities of their interwoven interdependencies?
  2. Methodology: How can we design desired technological futures and future interaction materials within these interwoven realities in which we shape technology that shapes us in return?
  3. Evaluation: How can we holistically assess the impact of digital technology on humans, society and our environment with a view on responsibility and sustainability?

While the five individual PhD projects, as detailed below, are diverse in nature, they each contribute to the above questions, grounding them in specific, real-world fields of action in which such complex relations between humans and technology are being explored.

The following five PhD topics are the basis of the individual research endeavours and will be tailored to individual backgrounds, experiences, and research interests.


Study Program

The study program consists of

  • PhD seminars, including student onboarding sessions, presentations and discussion of the status of the PhD projects with peers and faculty members, dedicated courses with respect to scientific research including research ethics, research plan creation, scientific writing, publication processes, etc., and guest lectures by internal and external, national and international lecturers;
  • Doctoral college weeks, taking place at the end of each semester, are accompanying the progress through focusing on research questions, dispositions, upcoming research topics, field visits, pre-defensios, etc.;
  • Doctoral college courses, addressing design research theories and methodologies, ethics, sustainability and diversity, as well as innovation and technologies; and
  • PhD clubs, which are informal JF aiming to manifest peer support.


Christopher Frauenberger
Verena Fuchsberger
Simon Ginzinger
Alina Krischkowsky
Bernhard Maurer
Alexander Meschtscherjakov
Markus Tatzgern
Manfred Tscheligi


Key facts:

  • Second deadline for application: June 29, 2022
  • Intended date of beginning: to be negotiated (latest October 1, 2022)
  • Planned duration: up to 4 years
  • Extent of employment: 30 hours per week
  • Salary: approx. 32.204 € per year (gross, based on FWF standard salaries 2022)

Your profile: 

  • Master degree in Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Computer Science, (Product, Interface, Service) Design, Psychology, Humanities, Social Sciences, or any other programme related to HCI
  • Excellent skills and/or practical experience in one or more of the following research areas: Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Tangible Interaction, Design Fiction, Empirical Research, Science and Technology Studies, etc.
  • You have excellent communication skills in spoken and written English
  • Willingness to work both independently as well as in a team
  • Skills to conceptualize, design and prototype digital and/or physical interactive artifacts
  • Willingness to engage in scientific writing

What we offer: 

  • An interdisciplinary, vibrant group of researchers that facilitates individual research careers
  • An extraordinary research facility that supports individual styles of working
  • An international, well-established network of industry and research partners 

Please send your application including 

  • Comprehensive CV incl. list of publications (if any)
  • Motivation letter (max 2 pages) including a statement that clarifies preferences and motivations for one or more of the 5 aforementioned PhD projects
  • Portfolio / website / master thesis / bachelor thesis / publications (if available based on your background)
  • Up to 3 names who could provide a reference (no reference letters required) 
  • Contact information

to  no later than June 29, 2022 (please state the reference number in your application: HCI_2022_doc.hci). 

For further information regarding this position, please contact  

Paris Lodron University Salzburg particularly welcomes applications from women in accordance with its mission to increase the number of women in academic positions. In case of equal qualification, female applicants will be hired preferentially. Persons with disabilities or chronic illnesses who meet the required qualification criteria are strongly encouraged to apply. For information, please call +43/662/8044-2462 or write to . 

Unfortunately, travel and accommodation expenses for job interviews will not be reimbursed; if possible, remote interviews can be arranged. Employment will be done in agreement with the University rules 2002 (UG) as well as the Employee rules. 


Is a master degree required when applying? No, if you are about to complete your master program and will be done by the beginning of the Wintersemester 2022, you may apply.

Are publications a requirement to apply? No, you are invited to apply also if you do not have articles or books published. You should be motivated to write some in the future, though.



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The financial support by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is gratefully acknowledged.