PhD Fellow in Information Visualization – University of Copenhagen

PhD Fellow in Information Visualization

Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in Information Visualization commencing on 1 February 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. 
Description of the scientific environment 
The successful candidate will join the department’s Human-Centered Computing Section ( and the emerging Information Visualization Research Group. Prospective students are given the freedom to pursue their research interests and will be supported to establish their niche expertise in the field. Our section is well-renowned for its human-computer interaction (HCI) research and is now aspiring to expand its information visualization research contributions using, for instance, the novel HCI methodologies devised by the section. 
Project description 
Information visualization research in the HCC section is carried out in the intersection of human-computer interaction and data science. We aim to adopt techniques in these disciplines, as well as perceptual and cognitive psychology, to devise novel visualization and interaction methodologies that support reasoning about large complex datasets. Our ultimate motivation is to help real-world application domains (e.g., biotech industry, molecular biosciences, social networks) make timely informed decisions and important discoveries. We are now looking for a creative PhD student who shares our passion and who is eager to help us achieve our goal. The details of the PhD research project will be discussed when the fellowship starts and will be based on the student’s initial interests and ideas. Examples of our current research interests include:  
  • computational and model-based methods for visualization design optimization and adaptation 
  • visualization of set-typed, biological or statistical data 
  • interactive visualization techniques for exploratory data analysis 
  • visual analytics tools to support understanding of predictive models 
  • visualization for artificial intelligence 
The student will be primarily affiliated to the BIOPRO consortium involving diverse partners in both academia and industry (  
Supervisors are Assistant Professor Luana Micallef and Professor Kasper Hornbæk. 
Job description 
The position is available for a 3-year period and your key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are to: 
  • manage and carry through your research project 
  • write scientific articles and your PhD thesis 
  • attend PhD courses 
  • teach and disseminate your research 
  • stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad 
  • work for the department 
Formal requirements  
Applicants should hold an MSc degree in Computer Science, Information Visualization, Human-Computer Interaction, Psychology, or Cognitive Science, with good results and good English skills. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications, emphasis will also be laid on previous publications (if any) and relevant work/research experience. 
Terms of employment  
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.  
Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.  
The starting salary is currently at a minimum DKK 322,642 including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 52,432). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible. 
Application Procedure 
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.  
Please include  
  • Motivation letter (max. two pages) including also a justification why you should be considered for this fellowship, and how your skills and profile satisfy the requirements  
  • A list of research ideas you would be interested to work on 
  • CV  
  • Diploma and full up-to-date transcripts of records (BSc and MSc) 
  • Master thesis as PDF 
  • PDFs of up to three scientific publications you have co-authored 
  • Full contact details of 2 professional referees we may contact 
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 
The deadline for applications is 25 November 2018, 23:59 GMT +1.  
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. Afterwards an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.  
The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science. You can read more about the recruitment process at
For specific information about the PhD scholarship, please contact co-supervisor Assistant Professor Luana Micallef by email or phone +45 93509153. 

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available at


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