Job Opening: Scientific Project Assistant (PostDoc)

The acceptance of AI and algorithmic decision systems is limited by their inability to “explain” decisions in a way that is understandable for humans. Researchers and policy makers are therefore calling for Explainable AI (XAI). However, how to achieve the goal of XAI in different usage contexts and in view of different target groups remains poorly understood. The funded research project "HOXAI: Hands-on Explainable AI" will compare the interpretability of various visual explanation strategies of machine learning algorithms and investigate the relationship between explainability and user acceptance (perceived fairness, trust) in controlled experiments. 

In the frame of this project, a Postdoc position at the LIT Robopsychology Lab will be vacant from autumn 2020. 

Job Duties: 

  • Conduct independent research / design empirical studies as part of the project "HOXAI: Hands-on Explainable AI"
  • Publish scientific findings in international journals and present at conferences
  • Cooperate and coordinate with the interdisciplinary project team
  • Assist in the supervision of project-related master theses
  • Assist in completing research grant applications

Your Qualifications: 

  • Doctorate/Ph.D. degree in Psychology, Human-Computer Interaction, Communication Science, or a related discipline
  • Interest in the following areas: - Explainable AI, - Robopsychology, - Human-Computer Interaction, - Quantitative Methods, - Scale Development
  • Expertise in designing experimental studies and performing data analysis  
  • Excellent scientific writing skills
  • Independent and well-structured way of working
  • Team spirit, communication talent, enthusiasm 

What We Offer:

  • 2-year fixed term contract (38 hours/week)
  • Salary of € 3.695,00 gross per month (14 x per year)
  • Cutting-edge research topic with societal impact 
  • Innovative interdisciplinary work environment
  • Stable employer
  • Attractive campus environment
  • …and much more

Application Deadline: August 9, 2020

How to Apply: Send your application (application letter, academic CV, copies of major publications and/or Ph.D. thesis) in adherence to the stated criteria to  

If you have questions, please contact: Prof. Dr. Martina Mara, P +43 732 2468 9510, E-mail: