Human-Computer Interaction

Open Research and PhD Position (TVL E13 100%)

01 Jan 2020

Open Position for a Research Assistant (PhD candidate)

The chair for Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (BioKlin) seeks a research assistant (early-stage researcher pursuing a PhD qualification) in the area of social Virtual Reality. The specific research topic of this position are privacy matters emerging from cognitive and social factors as well as the user’s emotional state with the goal to develop and use innovative ecologically valid approaches to evaluate and improve consumer acceptance, usage and usability of privacy protection solutions.

This vacancy is part of the EU-funded project PriMa (Privacy Matters) and is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network.

PriMa will train a next generation of researchers to define, investigate and implement solutions that ensure secure and efficient privacy protection whilst keeping the advantages of a digitalized society. All PhD students in PriMa will in general work on the analysis of privacy risks stemming from the digitalization of society, the protection of privacy against these risks, and the impact assessment of proposed privacy protection solutions.

Besides this vacancy there are 13 other open PhD positions in PriMa. Potential applicants are invited to review these positions. For more information about PriMa in general and the other vacancies, including links, can be found here (




A high motivation to work in an exciting research field. Prior knowledge or the willingness to acquire appropriate knowledge and skills in one or more of the following areas:

We offer

This offer is a full funded (100%) position as a researcher of the German civil service for 3 years (details see below). Further potential extension of the contract is subject of the progress made. The position reports to the supervisor.

The chair of Biological Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy offers a motivating work environment with various links to ongoing projects in a prospering area and a motivated team. We are among the leading research groups in using Virtual Reality in experimental psychological research. The group runs to various VR labs with HMDs, power wall, and a 5-sided CAVE system.

The University of Würzburg is one of the oldest institutions for higher education. With 28.000 students it is the fourth largest university in Bavaria. Würzburg is a notably vivid and liveable city:

The position includes the possibility to pursue a PhD degree. The topic will be coordinated between the applicant and the advisor (Prof. Pauli).



All applications should be send electronically via e-mail as one pdf file to:


Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. Disabled applicants will be preferentially considered in case of equivalent qualification.

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