I am always looking for exceptional postdoc and PhD students to join the group, whether that is through existing grants or through the applicants' personal fellowships. I am happy to have informal conversations with candidates before they submit their final application.
If you are reaching out to discuss your interest in a postdoc / PhD opportunity, please include “APPLICATION” in your subject and the following in your email:
I am keen to also support visits from early career researchers (e.g., PhDs/postdocs/‘baby-profs’ like myself), once the COVID situation calms down: please do reach out if you are funded elsewhere, but would be interested in visiting with us for a period of time. In the meantime, we can explore the opportunities for ‘virtual visits’, if that seems useful.
Spanning the Department of Informatics and the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience (which itself is the largest research centre for mental health in Europe), we are well positioned to work at the intersection of HCI and mental health.
The Future Leaders fellowship will create a further exceptional set of opportunities for the next 4-7 years for everyone in the group. This is both in terms of:
One of the defining characteristics that I would like to cultivate within the group is the ability to span innovative research with substantial real-world applications.
For example, the Smart Toy research has—in just three years—moved from a simple idea on paper, to a funded fellowship, to research prototypes, to it now being taken up for production by a major US non-profit developer of social emotional learning (Commitee for Children), whose programs are used in more than 30% of US schools and across 70 countries world wide. At this point, more than 10k of the resulting ‘Purrble’ units have been produced, are available on Amazon, and used by an increasing number of research groups worldwide.
I expect this trend to continue across all our projects, especially as facilitating such pathways to impact is a key part of the Future Leaders fellowship funding and research agenda.
The Future Leaders fellowship includes two fully funded post-doctoral researcher positions.
I am also interested in supporting exceptional candidates in submitting their own fellowship applications to come work with me (and potentially other mentors across the FLF network). This is probably best suited for those in their final year of PhD, who are keen to embark on an academic career and already have an impressive track record.
I have been on fellowships since the start of my PhD (OEAW PhD fellowship, FWF Schroedinger for the post-doc, and FLF now) and am keen to support others to follow this path as well. In my experience, it provides an amazing opportunity for developing creative independence and research leadership early on, and can ease transition to tenure track faculty jobs.
For suitable candidates, I will be happy to help co-develop a fellowship application, both in terms of finding a mutually beneficial overlap in research interests, as well as in then writing it out into a good proposal.
I have already recruited 2 students this year and am not actively recruiting further students at this time. However, I am still keen to hear from exceptional international candidates, especially those considering submitting their own PhD fellowship applications to come work with me.