[Ieee_vis_open_positions] Fulltime PhD Position in Human-Centered Interactive Visual Data Analysis

Jürgen Bernard bernard at ifi.uzh.ch
Thu Nov 19 09:35:56 CET 2020

Dear colleagues,


I’m looking for a motivated research assistant (m/f/d) in the areas of
visual analytics, interactive data science, and interactive machine learning
for a PhD project in the Interactive Visual Data Analysis Group at the
University of Zurich (UZH) (https://www.ifi.uzh.ch/en.html). Together, we
will develop new approaches for characterization, design, and evaluation of
interactive visual interfaces to combine the strengths of both humans and
algorithms in interactive machine learning and data science applications.

Flyer for the open position: https://tinyurl.com/y35pf6bn


*Research Context*

The primary research focus will be at the intersection between Information
Visualization, Visual Analytics, Human-Computer Interaction, and Machine
Learning. The PhD project will follow a human-centered approach to data
science, in order to foster the involvement of humans in the data analysis
process with interactive visual interfaces. Research will be on the
combination of the strength of humans and machines in an iterative and
incremental data analysis process in order to tackle remaining data science

*  Examples for data-oriented challenges are heterogeneous data, dirty data,
uncertain data, or unlabeled data. 

 *  Important model-oriented challenges include data preprocessing, model
building, model quality assessment, or model explanation. 

 *  Particularly interesting user-oriented challenges are different degrees
of user expertise, users’ personalization intents, and understanding and
supporting user preferences with respect to data and tasks. 

The contributions of the PhD project will include human-centered data
science solutions tailored to the information need of individual users.
These new approaches will also make machine learning applicable to larger
user groups in the context of data science and digitalization initiatives.

For more information about my recent research context, see



*  Master degree in computer science or comparable subject from a recognized

*  Knowledge or interest in one or more of the following: information
visualization, visual analytics, machine learning, data mining, information
retrieval, or related data science fields. 

 *  Profound skills in programming (Python, Java)

*  Interest to work on applied research questions in a collaborative
research environment


*Desired Qualifications and Skills*

*  Knowledge of user-centered design, design study methods, and evaluation

*  Expertise with methods such as classification, regression, clustering,
dimensionality reduction, similarity search, or recommender systems

*  Experience in supervising students

*  Ability and willingness to work effectively with students, faculty, and
staff from all backgrounds


*What we offer*

*  Possibility to achieve a PhD degree in computer science at UZH

*  Hands-on supervision and support in conducting excellent research and in
publishing results in top international journals and conferences

*  Creative working atmosphere in a motivated, cooperative, and technically
very well equipped environment

*  Excellent professional and personal development possibilities and hence,
excellent basis for a future career in interactive visual data analysis in
an industrial context

*  Specific benefits like flexible working hours, young scientist promotion
opportunities, parental leave benefits, nursery services, and care for
dependents and much more

*  Very good salary, according to local university regulations and standards
in Switzerland


*How to Apply*

Official applications should include:

*  Motivation letter

*  CV

*  Certificates of degrees and educational background

*  Clear exposition of prior data visualization experience

*  Copy of the Master thesis


The applications should be sent to bernard at ifi.uzh.ch
<mailto:bernard at ifi.uzh.ch>  until *December 31 2020*. For questions, please
feel free to use this Email as well.


With best regards,

Jürgen Bernard



Jürgen Bernard

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

University of Zurich


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