Postdoctoral researcher in Haptics and Human-Computer Interaction

Postdoctoral researcher in Haptics and Human-Computer Interaction
Department of Computer Science
Faculty of Science

University of Copenhagen

We are looking for hiring a postdoctoral researcher at the Human-Centered Computing Section, Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen ( The position is two years full-time and starts 1 December 2022 or soon thereafter.

The postdoc will work at the intersection of haptics and human-computer interaction. The position will be part of an EU project called TOUCHLESS, with six partner institutes across Europe. The project investigates the next generation of haptic technologies, aiming to use the tactile information channel to create meaningful social interactions and radically improve user experiences in remote and virtual interaction. In particular, the project focuses on touchless haptic interfaces (e.g., ultrasound technology).

The focus of the work in Copenhagen is on models of haptic experiences and interaction principles for touchless haptics as well as software toolkits for creating such experiences. Therefore, knowledge of human-computer interaction, haptics, and/or hardware prototyping is essential.

Why do a PostDoc at University of Copenhagen?

In the TOUCHLESS project in Copenhagen, you will work with Kasper Hornbæk, Hasti Seifi, Joanna Bergström, and PhD fellows Tor-Salve Dalsgaard and Martin Maunsbach. As a postdoc in this group, you have much freedom to detail your focus: to a large extent, you shape the research you work on and the ideas you pursue.

This position offers an opportunity to join a globally recognized, highly ambitious, creative, collaborative, and fun group of international researchers working at the forefront of Human-Centered Computing. Our Human–Centered Computing section aspires to be a top research environment for human-computer interaction that bridges technology, theory, and empirical studies; we have a regular presence at CHI and UIST and do well in rankings (like We are currently ten faculty, and a large and active group of PhD fellows and postdocs for peer-support and to engage with in social activities.

The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 and is the oldest and largest university in Denmark. It is often ranked as the best university in Scandinavia and consistently as one of the top places in Europe. Within computer science, it is ranked 2nd in the European Union (post-Brexit) by Shanghai Ranking. We are located in Copenhagen, consistently recognized as one of the world’s most-livable cities, in the country of Denmark, ranked as one of the top three happiest countries in the world. The University wishes our staff to reflect society's diversity and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


- Ph.D. (or soon-to-be Ph.D.) in Computer Science, Human-computer Interaction, Haptics, or related fields.

- Experience in one or more of the following:

(a) Empirical studies of human–computer interaction or haptics;

(b) Models of tactile perception, interaction with haptic technologies;

(c) Designing or building software or hardware prototypes of haptic user interfaces, haptics in virtual or augmented reality, or user interfaces for social touch.

(d) Application of machine learning to HCI and/or haptic problems

- Publications in top venues (e.g., CHI, UIST, Transaction on Haptics, World Haptics Conference).

Further information on the Department is linked at Inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Kasper Hornbæk,, +45 30957883.

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 Danish Ministry of Taxation and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

Please include

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Research plan – description of current and future research plans (a maximum of two pages)
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 4 September 2022, 23:59 GMT+2. After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee. You can read about the recruitment process at


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 04-09-2022
Employment start: 01-12-2022
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Computer Science