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ERC ONE jobs

Date: October 15th, 2017
Domain: Human-Computer Interaction
Group: ExSitu, INRIA Saclay, Université Paris-Saclay
Location: Bâtiment 650 (Ada Lovelace)
Supervisor: Michel Beaudouin-Lafon, Professeur, U. Paris-Saclay
Lab director: Yannis Manoussakis

We are looking for Master-level students, PhD candidates, post-docs and visitors to work with us on the ERC ONE project. The goal of ONE is to fundamentally re-think the basic principles and conceptual model of interactive systems to empower users by letting them appropriate their digital environment.


The goal of the ERC project ONE is to reinvent interactive systems based on a small number of unified principles, in order to empower users by letting them appropriate their digital environment.

We seek to create flexible and extensible environments where multiple users can truly share content and manipulate it simultaneously, where applications can be distributed across multiple devices, where content and tools can migrate from one device to the next, and where users can freely choose, combine and even create tools to make their own digital workbench

The project combines empirical studies to better understand interaction in both the physical and digital worlds, theoretical work to create a conceptual model of interaction and interactive systems, and prototype development to test these principles and concepts in the lab and in the field.


We are looking for motivated candidates to work on the different aspects of this project. The project involves many aspects, including participatory design, conceptual modeling, empirical studies,
prototype development and evaluation, architecture and theoretical models.

Specific Activities

Master-level candidates will work on focused projects, such as conducting specific user studies or developing specific aspects of a software prototype. These internships can lead to a Ph.D. if the candidates shows interest and the internship is successful.

Ph.D. candidates will work on topics such as:

  • theory and practice of information substrates
  • scalability of instrumental interaction
  • distributed interaction in a tool-based environment

Postdoctoral candidates will work on well-identified topics such as supporting universal sharing, conducting formal studies of tool use, or developing and conducting lab- or field-studies of prototypes. They will also participate in advising Master-level and Ph.D. students.

Visitors should demonstrate interest and experience in the topics of the project, and plan for visits of at least one month with well-identified goals.

Required Skills

The successful candidate has a Masters degree in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) or Computer Science with a strong background in HCI, with good knowledge and some practice in any of the following:

  • User-centered design, in particular participatory design techniques;
  • Conceptual modeling of interactive systems;
  • Advanced interaction techniques such as gestural interaction, tangible interfaces, augmented reality, ubicomp;
  • Engineering of interactive systems, in particular in the Web environment and/or on mobile.

To apply please send a resume, a letter of motivation and the names of two references to Feel free to contact us at this same address if you have any questions.