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Funded PhD and Postdoc positions; in Human–computer interaction; at Department of Computer Science; KU Leuven; in Belgium

(Ref. BAP-2017-495)

Occupation : Full-time
Period : Fixed-term contract
Place : Leuven
Apply no later than : September 15, 2017

The HCI research group of the Department of Computer Science at KU Leuven in Belgium is looking for new members to join our team!


Research in the HCI group of the Dept. of Computer Science, KU Leuven focuses on how people interact with information, relying on language technology (including text and multimedia mining), visualization and computer graphics. The focus is on new algorithms and interaction techniques, using the full spectrum of hardware from small mobile devices to large multi-touch displays. Applications include technology enhanced learning, music, research information systems and virtual worlds.

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We have three open position (fully funded) on HCI aspects of recommender systems and data visualisation. We welcome applications of both postdocs and PhD candidates.

The focus of the research for these positions is on user interfaces for recommender systems that suggest items that match user preferences. The overall objective is to research the use of visualisation techniques to give end-users insight into the rationale of recommender systems to increase trust in recommendations. In addition, we are researching how we can use visualization techniques to enable end-users to help steer the recommendation process by providing feedback and additional input.


  • We expect from applicants:
  • an excellent Master’s degree in Computer Science or related discipline
  • a very good background and interest in human computer interaction research
  • strong programming skills and the ability to do independent research
  • strong commitment and the ability to work in a team
  • a high level of proficiency in English, both spoken and written.


Funding is available immediately. The research will be carried out at the Department of Computer Science of KU Leuven.

More information about the financial compensation can be found online at


The deadline for submitting applications is 15 September 2017. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as the positions will remain open until filled by suitable candidates.

Interested applicants should upload the following documents:
– CV
– letter of application, including the motivation to apply for the position
– a recent research project (e.g. master thesis, scientific publication)
– transcripts of bachelor and master degrees

For more information please contact Prof. dr. Katrien Verbert, tel.: +32 16 32 82 86, mail: or Prof. dr. ir. Tinne De Laet, tel.: +32 16 32 70 75, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than September 15, 2017 via the online application tool

Deadline: September 15, 2017

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