[Infovis] PhD Position in Information Visualization / CSCW at INRIA, France

Petra Isenberg petra.isenberg at inria.fr
Wed Oct 10 13:37:32 CEST 2012


The Aviz research group at INRIA, the French National Research Institute 
for Computer Science, welcomes applications for a full-time PhD student 
position. The group conducts work at the intersection of information 
visualization, visual analytics, HCI, and CSCW. Our goals are to improve 
the analysis and visualization of large and complex datasets by 
combining analysis methods with interactive visualizations (see 

The general research area of this PhD position is focused at the 
intersection of Information Visualization and Computer Supported 
Cooperative Work.

The goal of this PhD is to find ways in which single-user and multi-user 
data analysis tools can be effectively integrated. There are many ways 
the future PhD student can begin to tackle this problem. For example by 
doing research on:

  * technological infrastructure to support the transition (e.g.
    tangible interfaces, multi-display environments)
  * software infrastructure (toolkits) to help others implement
    visualization tools with both single- and multi-user aspects
  * data representation and interaction techniques that help to build a
    bridge between individual (asynchronous) and team work for visual
    data analysis
  * qualitative studies of how people switch between individual and
    collaborative work

A contribution of this PhD will be to derive a first set of design 
considerations on how to support the transition between individual and 
collaborative work with visualization and interaction.
Visit http://www.aviz.fr/Research/Fitoc for more details on the project.

The PhD student will work as part of the Aviz team at INRIA lead by 
Jean-Daniel Fekete. INRIA is the French National Research Institute for 
Computer Science and Automation and as such highly regarded worldwide. 
The team is located on the campus of the University of Paris Sud near 
the town of Orsay, 30km outside of Paris.
Aviz welcomes and does its best to promote women researchers.

The PhD student will formally sign up as a student at the University of 
Paris Sud the most highly ranked university in France (and 7th in 
Europe). He or she will be co-supervised by Petra Isenberg and 
Jean-Daniel Fekete. The student will also be able to work closely with a 
postdoc hired on this project and conduct joint projects if desired.

Candidates should hold a Master's degree and have experience in Human 
Computer Interaction, CSCW, Information Visualization, or a related 
discipline. The student should be able to produce working prototypes, be 
enthusiastic, and be capable of working both independently and within a 


  * Background in collaborative work or visualization (experience in
    both areas is an advantage but not necessary)
  * Ability to effectively code prototypes
  * Good communication skills in English (the lab communicates in
    English, French skills are not required)


  * The duration of funding is 3 years with the possibility of a 6-month
  * The student will be paid through INRIA and will receive
    approximately 3000EUR a month before deductions (taxes and social
    security). The net income (you see on your bank account after all
    deductions) will be approximately 1600EUR. This is enough to live
    comfortably in the Paris area. Please contact one of our current PhD
    students if you have questions or concerns about the cost of living
    (find them under people).
  * Enrollment at the University of Paris Sud costs approximately 400EUR
    in tuition per year.
  * Start date for the PhD is preferably between now and January 2013
    but can be negotiated.


Please contact petra.isenberg at inria.fr for further details.

Petra Isenberg, PhD
Research Scientist
AVIZ group | INRIA Saclay Île-de-France
phone: +33 16 91 54 249 |http://www.aviz.fr/~isenberg/  

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