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20 September 2014 / erikduval

We may need you! (no worries, not cancer related…)

One of my many blessings (too many religious connotations), privileges (seems to imply that if I have it, some of you can’t), … I don’t-know-what-to-call-it-but-it-certainly-is-a-good-thing’s is that I get a lot of energy and joy from my work. That is why I decided to not go on sick leave, but continue working. And, though I maybe work a few hours less every week, as I can use my cancer card to avoid some of the less nice parts of the job, I think I’m actually more productive than ever!

And my job is about to get even better: I’m very happy that, after working in Eindhoven and Brussels, Katrien is joining our group again as a professor!

And we have two open positions in our group, so you may be able to join in the fun! The official announcement:

The HCI research group at KU Leuven in Belgium is looking for new members to join our team!

We have two fully funded open PhD positions:

Position 1: The focus of the research for the first open position is on the design, development and evaluation of second screen applications that enhance the television user experience. The main research interest is to investigate how value can be added to that experience and how user interaction can be designed in such a way that it enriches rather than detracts from the television content. This research will be carried out in the context of a project on personalised advertisements that involves several research groups, as well as content providers and ad agencies.

Position 2: The focus of the research for the position is on user interfaces for recommender systems that suggest items to match user preferences. The overall objective is to research the use of information visualization techniques to give end-users insight into the rationale of recommender systems to increase trust in recommendations. In addition, we are researching how we can use visualization techniques to enable end-users to help steer the recommendation process by providing feedback and additional input.

Funding is available immediately. The research will be carried out at the Department of Computer Science of KU Leuven.

We expect from applicants:
– an excellent Master’s degree in Computer Science or related discipline
– a very good background and interest in human computer interaction research
– strong programming skills and the ability to do independent research
– strong commitment and the ability to work in a team
– a high level of proficiency in English, both spoken and written.

More information about the financial compensation can be found online at

The deadline for submitting applications is 15 Oct. 2014. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as positions will remain open until filled by suitable candidates.

Interested applicants should send their CV and letter of application, indicating the PhD position (1/2) that the candidate wishes to apply for, as well as an electronic version of a recent research project (e.g. master thesis, scientific publication) to Erik Duval ( and Katrien Verbert (

Inquiries about the positions can be sent to the same addresses.

Do feel free to circulate the news 😉



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  1. Pieterjan Bartels / Sep 20 2014 11:04 am

    Hi prof. Duval,

    what would the starting date be?

    • erikduval / Sep 29 2014 3:05 pm

      we’ll close the positions as soon as we have two suitable candidates 😉

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