Fully funded PhD position on Behavior Change Technologies

At the Persuasive Technologies Lab of Cyprus University of Technology we are looking for a strongly motivated PhD candidate. A monthly salary of up to 1200 € will be provided, depending on qualifications. A short-term international placement at an academic or industrial research institution will be supported over the course of the PhD program, assuming budget availability. Ongoing collaboration exists with faculty members from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Washington and Folkwang University of the Arts.

Project description: Chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, are a major threat to today’s healthcare systems. They account for nearly 40% of mortality cases and 75% of health care costs worldwide, while researchers predict a 42 percent increase in chronic disease cases by 2023. Much of this can be prevented through an emphasis on healthy lifestyles. In this new landscape of healthcare, mobile and wearable technologies, such as physical activity trackers, have recently gained substantial interest both in research and practice as they can provide many benefits, ranging from increased awareness of one’s behaviors, to empowerment and responsibility taking with one’s own health, as well as opportunistic engagement in desired behaviors.

The candidate will join an international team which strives to understand the long-term impact mobile health technologies have on individuals behaviors and to design new forms of such technologies. Candidates with strong methodological background in the social sciences will conduct longitudinal studies on users’ engagement with the technology as well as in behavior change, while candidates with a computer science background will work on designing and building new mobile and wearable technologies for behavior change, utilizing sensors available in smartphones and wearable devices and building new ways to visualize information and inspire action towards healthy lifestyles. Consult the following recent related work.

The ideal candidate will have a postgraduate degree in Human-Computer Interaction or a closely related field. We will review applications from various academic backgrounds. Computer science candidates are expected to have strong programming experience in more than one languages and sufficient exposure to HCI through coursework and/or practical work. Experience in prototyping applications for IOS and/or Android/Android Wear is a plus. Social science candidates are expected to have a solid background in qualitative and/or quantitative methods, and to have the ability to translate empirical findings to design-relevant knowledge. Design candidates are expected to have strong prototyping skills and ability to understand and to translate social science literature into novel concepts of interactive technology.

Interested candidates should contact Evangelos Karapanos at e.karapanos@gmail.com, no later than August 26th, 2016, attaching their curriculum vitae.

About the Lab: The Persuasive Tech Lab (http://persuasive.cut.ac.cy) is a newly established laboratory at the Cyprus University of Technology, active in the fields of Persuasive Technology and Human-Computer Interaction. Our mission is to build scientific knowledge on the design and evaluation of technologies that aid reflection and behavior change on topics of broad societal relevance, such as health, wellbeing and sustainability. We regularly publish at top-tier venues in Human-Computer Interaction such as CHI and Ubicomp.