PhD Fellow in Virtual Reality

Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in virtual reality commencing 18 May 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Description of the scientific environment

The Human-centered Section in Computing at the University of Copenhagen offers a research environment with much freedom; to a large extent, you shape the research you work on and the ideas you pursue. Our section aspires to be a top research environment for human-computer interaction that bridges technology, theory, and empirical studies.

Project description
Virtual reality (VR) relies on the illusion that people believe virtual bodies to be their own, so-called body ownership. Yet, current measures of body ownership use simple statistical methods, and are based on subjective protocols developed for non-VR use. We seek a PhD student to work on quantifying body ownership in virtual reality.

Principal supervisor is Professor Kasper HornbækDepartment of Computer Science,, +45 3095 7883.

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
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Write scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • To 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, Human-computer Interaction, Psychology, Cognitive Science, or related field with outstanding results. Other relevant criteria are:

  • Skills in developing or evaluating virtual reality
  • Strong programming skills, specifically in Unity.
  • Proficiency in English, both in speaking and writing.
  • Publications in recognized, peer-reviewed venues (e.g., UIST, CHI, IEEE VR)

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 328,355 (approx. €43,750) including annual supplement (+ pension up to DKK 53,360). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

Application Procedure

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

Please include

  • Cover Letter (max. two pages) that includes a description of how the qualifications are met
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc). Unless the candidate’s diploma and transcripts of grades are in Danish or English, the candidate should procure a certified translation. Furthermore, the candidate must include official information about the grading scale
  • Master thesis as PDF (final or in draft)
  • List of publications (if any)

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 26 March 2020, 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 the principal supervisor Professor Kasper Hornbæk, Department of Computer Science,, +45 3095 7883.

General information about PhD programmes at SCIENCE is available 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: 26-03-2020
Employment start: 18-05-2020
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Department of Computer Science