2011-06-21: Job: PostDoc Position in Intelligent User Interfaces / InfoVis, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

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Department of Computer Science, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada

We are seeking outstanding candidates with a background in adaptive interfaces and possibly information visualization to contribute to a project aimed at developing user-adaptive visualizations. Experience with eye-tracking technology is an asset.

Project description

The project involves an interdisciplinary team from the fields of artificial intelligence, psychology, adaptive interfaces, and information visualization.

There is growing evidence that visualization effectiveness can depend on user traits such as cognitive skills, knowledge, preferences and attention. The goal of our project is two-fold: (i) conduct user studies to identify the role of individual differences in visualization effectiveness; (ii) develop user-adaptive visualizations that adapt in real time to specific user needs, using information on the relevant individual differences as well as behavioral data collected via eye-tracking and other sensors.

Job description

The post holder will contribute to the design of the user studies as well as the development and testing of adaptive visualization techniques. The candidate will also help supervise and coordinate graduate students.


The ideal applicant should be qualified at the PhD level (or equivalent) and must have excellent interpersonal, writing and research skills, strong time management and organizational skills, the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines and work both independently and as a member of the multidisciplinary research team.

What we offer

The successful applicant will joint the world-class AI and HCI communities in the UBC CS department. http://www.cs.ubc.ca/nest/lci/ and http://www.cs.ubc.ca/labs/imager/imager.php

  • Timescale of Appointment: 1.5 years, extendable pending availability of funding.
  • Target start date: As soon as possible. Exact start date is negotiable.
  • Salary: CA$45-50K/year


Informal inquiries are welcome, and may be made to Dr. Cristina Conati (conati@cs.ubc.edu)

Submit vita, statement of research interests, and three letters of reference to conati@cs.ubc.edu.