University of Innsbruck



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Pre-Doc (30 hours/week for 3 years) - starting September 2021 - research areas: personality, music & emotion

The position is part of the FWF project "Humans and Recommender Systems: Towards a Mutual Understanding", an interdisciplinary project on music recommender systems in close cooperation with the Department for Computer Science at the University of Innsbruck, as well as the Johannes Kepler University and the Technical University of Vienna. In general, the project focusses on enhancing the understanding of user intent, i.e., in our application domain the motivation why people listen to music in a specific situational context. Moreover, we aim to advance the users’ understanding for the decisions that lead to the recommendation of certain tracks. The resulting increased mutual understanding and communication between the users of RS and the system itself can contribute to improved user models and recommendation performance. This work is complementary to existing RS research that mostly focus on technical aspects such as content features and collaborative filtering techniques. 

Applicants for the PhD position will deal in particular with devising models for explanation of sequential recommendations and incorporating relevance feedback, as well as researching consistency of theories (e.g., influence of personality, intent, etc. on music listening behavior).

A relevant degree, preferably psychology, is a prerequisite. Applications can only be submitted via email to In addition to a letter of motivation and a CV, please also include written considerations about your dissertation project (max. 3 pages). Applications can be sent in until August 22, 2021. The gross salary for this position amounts to €2.237,60 per month (cf. FWF salaries).


Personality, Emotion and Music Laboratory

The laboratory is headed by Prof. Dr. Marcel Zentner.

Our current research projects inlcude the assessment and correlates of musical abilities, music & emotion, personality development, the psychology of mating and gender (in)equality. For our projects, we adopt various methodological approaches and also have an own large and well-equipped research laboratory available. An own computer room allows for computer-based group testings as well as small-scale teaching. Moreover, we have several tablets available allowing for digital field investigations.

For more information on our laboratory, please visit our > webpage.

Department of Psychology

With almost 50 employees and more than 900 students, the Department of Psychology is one of the largest departments of the University of Innsbruck. The contentual diversity is expanded by international and interdisciplinary research and teaching projects. > more information

University of Innsbruck

The University of Innsbruck was founded in 1669 and, with more than 27.000 students and more than 4.000 employees, is today the largest and most important research and educational institution in Western Austria. > more information

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