One or more PhD Stipend(s) in Virtual Reality for Motivation of Biking Based Rehabilitation (7-18008)

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University Copenhagen, one or more PhD position(s) are available within the general research programme Media, Architecture & Design. The PhD stipend in Virtual Reality for Motivation of Biking Based Rehabilitation is open for appointment for a 3-year period from April 1, 2018 or soonest thereafter. The Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology has as its goal the development of an innovative cluster of engineering-based environments for education and research which integrate creativity, engineering and technology within the disciplines of architecture, urban design, industrial design, digital design and interactive media. The department is a leading research and educational environment in Denmark that addresses the challenge of the interplay between creativity and technology, and develops new areas in research and education directed towards the end-user. The Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, section of Copenhagen, performs research in Virtual Reality and Multimodal Interaction, Light Design, Service Design and Sound and Music Computing, with applications in entertainment, health and rehabilitation.

Job description

The position
In the healthcare sector, many patients are required to perform repetitive exercise routines, which can be both painful and tedious. This PhD position will investigate how virtual reality (VR) technologies, interaction design in VR and VR content directions can be beneficial for motivation of repetitive physical rehabilitation exercise, using manuped (or similar chair-based biking device) for patients.

The candidate will work in close collaboration with physical therapists at Sundhedscentret and Døgnrehabiliteringen at Frederiksberg Municipality. A substantial part of the position time will be spent on location, and will include a lot of patient interaction. At Aalborg University Copenhagen, the candidate will be affiliated with researchers from the Multisensory Experience Lab (ME-Lab). Development will predominantly be performed at AAU and ME-Lab.

The ideal candidate has a combination of technical media technological- and physical therapeutic competences. More specifically, the candidate is technically skilled in virtual reality development (Unity or UE4), experienced in design and optimization of large, immersive virtual environments, and proficient with interaction- and user experience design. The ideal candidate also has an educational background and professional experience within physical therapy and rehabilitation, and thereby an understanding of the sensitivity of patient-therapist relations and circumstances. Previous research experience and research publications will be considered an advantage.

The candidate needs to be highly proficient with spoken Danish.

For more information please contact Professor MSO Stefania Serafin, email or phone: +4529167920.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Engineering and Science in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Technical Faculty of IT and Design will make a decision for allocating the stipend.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Helene Ulrich Pedersen, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, email:,  phone: +45 9940 9803.

For more information of The Doctoral School of the Technical Faculty of IT and Design:

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.

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Mon Feb 26 00:00:00 CET 2018

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