PhD Position within the MSCA Doctoral Network Eyes4ICU

Offer description

Applications are invited for one PhD position at KInIT to be funded by the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Network Eyes4ICU within the Horizon Europe Programme of the European Commission.

Eyes4ICU (Eyes for Information, Communication and Understanding) is aimed at exploration of novel forms of gaze interaction that rely on current psychological theories and findings, computational modeling, as well as expertise in highly promising application domains. In this project, KInIT collaborates with experts in using eye tracking in their respective areas ensuring best practices and optimal facilities for research and training in Europe.

The selected doctoral candidate (DC) will work under the supervision of Maria Bielikova on the topic entitled “Eye-tracking the consumption of recommended information online” and profit from training (in cooperation with Faculty of Information Technology Brno University of Technology) and interdisciplinary Eyes4ICU Doctoral network-wide training program.

Additional information

  • Job status: Full-time (40h per week)
  • Type of contract: Temporary
  • Earliest starting date: 1st September 2022
  • Duration of DC funding from the project: 36 months

Dissertation topic

Eye-tracking the consumption of recommended information online

Supervising team: Mária Bieliková (KInIT), Andreas Bulling (University of Stuttgart), Martin Krúpa (ui42)

Keywords: eye-tracking, recommender system, machine learning, biases, user modeling

Objectives: Recommendation uses machine learning to predict users’ interest in the content from the users’ interaction, mostly clicks. However, there is a presentation bias (users tend to click more on the first items in the list) and self-selection bias (users tend to rate more items they like than the ones they dislike) in play in the observed data which negatively impacts the performance of the recommender systems.

The objective of the project is to use remote eye tracking to:

  1. model the users’ consumption of the recommended items and their interaction with the recommender systems,
  2. debias the observed implicit feedback and
  3. improve existing offline and online evaluation methodologies.

From the eye tracking perspective, the challenge lies in the dynamic nature of the web interfaces where the recommendations are presented; content (targets) can change position over time or they can be overlayed by a different content; the project will therefore also contribute to the development of methods for mapping gaze to targets, while also accounting for the inaccuracies in the measurements that can arise from using eye tracking in an uncontrolled environment of the web.

Expected Results:

  1. Computational model of users’ interaction with the recommender systems explicitly modeling positional, visual, and other biases by means of eye tracking;
  2. Evaluation methodology for recommender systems incorporating remote eye tracking;
  3. Computational methods of the collected gaze data processing adapted for the dynamic nature of the web focusing on mapping the gaze to the correct targets (elements/items on the webpage) and accounting for possible inaccuracies in the measurements.

Who should apply?

The applicants should have earned (or be in their last year of) a Master’s degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Systems or related field. A good level of spoken and written English is also required.

The applicants cannot already be in possession of a doctoral degree. Applicants who have successfully defended their doctoral thesis but who have not yet formally been awarded the doctoral degree will not be considered eligible.

In addition, applicants must comply with the MSCA program’s mobility rule. That means that they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the organization they are applying to (Slovakia in our case) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment.

Your future starts at KInIT

Transform your curiosity into excellence. If you are interested in studying the EYES4ICU PhD program at KInIT, let us know as soon as possible. Fill out the application form until 15th August, 2022.

Apply for the EYES4ICU PhD position

Why apply for the MSCA PhD position at KInIT

MSCA Eyes4ICU benefits:

  • Work on attractive and relevant research topic
  • Work together with experts from other partners in the Eyes4ICU consortium
  • Profit from local training (in cooperation with Brno University of Technology) and interdisciplinary Doctoral network-wide training program
  • Gain additional academic and practical experience during two research visits to the partners during your study
  • Enhance your future career prospects

Benefits of studying at KInIT

Rise to excellence

Take advantage of an inspiring environment and become a top expert in your selected AI topic. At Kempelen institute, we prioritise ethical responsibility and societal benefit.

Learn from the best

When working on your dissertation, you’ll have access to a distinguished supervising team, including industrial partners and/or renowned experts from world-class research institutions.

Research that impacts

Choose a research topic that deeply interests you and will enrich the field. At KInIT, we support excellent, original world-class research and the connection with industry and current research and innovation challenges.

Open culture

Our culture is based on trust, openness and respect. That is how great ideas are born. We share knowledge and innovations not only within the institute, but also with our industry partners and other curious people like you.

Build your network

You’ll be teamed up with the best researchers in the region and gain invaluable experience and contacts from abroad that will boost your career growth in industry or academia.

No distractions

You will become a full-time KInIT employee. We will give you all the time and space you need to focus on your research, skills development and growth.


  1. Apply for the MSCA PhD position — by 15th August, 2022
    If you’re interested in the MSCA PhD position at KInIT, apply as soon as possible.
  2. Participate in testing — by 25th August, 2022
    Test your knowledge and match with KInIT values.
    You’ll take part in systematic selection steps such as team activity, knowledge review test, etc.
  3. Submit your application to FIT VUT Brno — by 31st August, 2022
    We’ll guide you through the application submission process.
  4. Start at KInIT
    If we choose you, we’ll provide you with further information on your work contract at KInIT.
    The earliest starting date for the project is 1st September, 2022.

How the PhD study at KInIT works


Work at KInIT & study at FIT VUT

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We provide PhD study in collaboration with the Faculty of Information Technology at VUT, Brno (Czechia). You’ll be enrolled at the faculty as an external doctoral student. After you’re accepted for study, you’ll work as a full-time employee at our institute. Your doctoral research will be your primary job role.


Carry out research in a selected topic

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You will work on the topic described above. The Doctoral Network is strongly interdisciplinary (with researchers from computer science, psychology and application fields). A large number and variety of non-academic partners contribute to supervision and training, and ensure applicability, practical relevance, and career opportunities.


Join our research team

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While working at our institute you’ll be a member of  the Web & User Data Processing research team.


Change the world

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The rest is up to you! Turn your curiosity and passion for intelligent technologies into new discoveries or inventions making the world a better place.