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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD Studentship: Performance Indicators and Visualizations for Polish Science - Warsaw and New Zealand

The HIT Lab NZ at the Canterbury University (Christchurch, New Zealand) in
collaboration with the Institute of Information Processing (Warsaw) has the
following vacancy for a PhD student:

Performance Indicators and Visualizations for Polish Science

Project Description
In many countries, quantifiable indicators are being used to assess the
success of scientific organizations and individuals. The discussion and
implementation of scientific indicators is only starting in Poland, which
gives an opportunity to develop a modern system for the assessment of
scientific organizations and individuals.

This system should go far beyond the counting of publications and should
balance qualitative with quantitative indicators. Such a system should be
easy to use and openly available, so that the wide public can make up its
own mind about the quality of organizations, individuals and the topics that
are being investigated. This approach will help to democratize and objectify
discussions that may lead to the future funding policies.

The Institute of Information Processing (OPI) in Warsaw is officially
keeping the record of the results of the completed research and R&D projects
and will provide access to their databases. The goal of this PhD project is
to develop a user-friendly software tool that allows researchers and policy
makers to reliably assess the scientific performance of individuals,
projects and organizations.

The candidate must have a masters degree in computer science or a closely
related field (information science, HCI, interaction design etc.) from an
acknowledged academic institution. He/she should have an interest in data
mining and web technology, as witnessed by project results or relevant
courses. It would also be benefitial if the candidate is familiar with
computer visualization and have knowledge about user-centered software

The candidate must be able to co-operate in a multidisciplinary and
international team in which English is the main language, but they must also
be fluent in the Polish language. The candidate should also be willing to
stay for an extended time in both Christchurch and Warsaw.

In addition to the requirements above,  the candidate needs to have a
scientific attitude and the motivation to perform his/her research
independently and at a high academic level.  A more general interest in the
philosophy and history of science as well as knowledge of other European
languages would be helpful.

The HIT Lab NZ and the Institute of Information Processing
The Human Interface Technology Laboratory New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) is world
leading reserach institutions developing and commercializing technology that
improves human computer interaction. The HIT Lab NZ has over 50 staff and
students and has extensive experience in data mining, visualization and
social networks. The HIT Lab NZ is located at the University of Canterbury
in Christchurch, New Zealand. The University of Canterbury has the top
Engineering School in New Zealand, including a highly ranked Department of
Computer Science. 

Christchurch is the second largest city in New Zealand and offers an
exciting and easy lifestyle for students. It is the most affordable major
city to live in. It easy to get around whether you are biking, walking,
driving or using the excellent public transport system. Christchurch also
offers outstanding opportunities for outdoor activities, and is close to
both surf beaches and ski-fields.

The Institute of Information Processing (OPI) is located in the vibrant
metropol of Warsaw, Poland. It is a research and development unit supervised
by the State Committee for Scientific Research, at present the Ministry of
Science and Higher Education. OPI developments information systems on the
organization and financing of scientific research.

Appointment and Salary
The appointment is full time for a duration of four years. As an employee of
the Institute of Information Processing you will receive a salary of 1000
EUR per month. As a student at the Canterbury University, you will receive a
scholarship that will pay for the intuition fees and will provide additional
support for accommodation and traveling. Assistance for finding
accommodation can be given.

The research in this project must be concluded with writing a PhD thesis
within the Human Interface Technology PhD program of the HIT Lab NZ or a PhD
in Computer Science within the Department of Computer Science. The PhD
student will be located in both Warsaw and Christchurch., and will spend  at
least between 3 and 6 month in Christchurch per year and the remainder of
their time in Warsaw. The student will spend the first six months at the
Canterbury University.

Further Information and Application
Further information can be obtained by contacting Christoph Bartneck
( or Agnieszka Matysiak Szstek
( Information about the HIT Lab NZ is available at:   and the Institute of
Information Processing at

Please send your application as one PDF file to Your
application must include a letter explaining your specific interest in the
project, an extensive curriculum vitae, and a list of three references.
Applications will be accepted until December 1st, 2010.