Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ph.D. Position at Tel Aviv University on Usable Privacy

Dear all,

Please find below this very interesting PhD position on usable privacy at Tel Aviv University. Interested candidates should contact directly Prof. Joachim Meyer (

Luiza Rezende


Tel Aviv University in Israel is urgently looking for a candidate for a Ph.D. position in the field of usable privacy as part of the Privacy & Usability (Privacy & Us) EU H2020 MSCA Innovative Training Network (project 675730). The project will train Ph.D. candidates in collaboration with European top universities, private companies and government agencies. For general information on the project, see Privacy & Us.

The research will deal with Modeling Responses to Privacy-related Indications. The Ph.D. will develop models of user responses to privacy-related indications from systems or other information sources and validate these models with empirical research to generate effective privacy notifications and information. Supervisor: Prof. Joachim Meyer (Engineering).

The Ph.D. student will study in the Department of Industrial Engineering, at the Faculty of Engineering at Tel Aviv University (TAU) and will be part of the Interacting with Technologies Lab (IWiT lab) co-directed by Prof. Joachim Meyer and Dr. Eran Toch.

The program provides generous scholarships, full research funding and travel expenses for up to 3 years. During this time, the student will conduct research at Tel Aviv University and will participate in several training and development activities, such as summer schools and secondments with the various partners.

Applicant's profile:

- M.Sc. (or equivalent) in Industrial Engineering, Information Systems, Human-Computer Interaction, Cognitive Psychology, Computer Science, or related fields. The student must have completed a research thesis as part of the M.Sc. studies.
- Applicants should ideally have a background in behavioral research methods, statistics, and modeling of human behavior and should have some experience in software development.
- Excellent knowledge of English (preferably documented through a high TOEFL score or another standardized English language proficiency test).
- Applicants cannot have resided in Israel for more than 12 months over the past 3 years before beginning the program

Applications, written in English, should be submitted electronically to Joachim Meyer (

Applications should include:
- A Curriculum Vitae (including your contact address, work experience and list of publications)
- A cover letter explaining your motivation and career plans
- Transcripts of all courses and grades for your Bachelor and Master programs
- A copy of your Master's thesis
- Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from the thesis supervisor, and contact information for up to five additional people that have consented to provide recommendations if asked to do so.

For further inquiries, please contact: Prof. Joachim Meyer (