Research Assistant

1-year Research assistant position: Set up, conduct and analyze user studies in user-centric automatic lighting


Research assistant


Within the project LUCIDELES – Leveraging User-Centric Intelligent Daylight and Electric Lighting for Energy Saving (funded by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy) the UniFR Human-IST institute and the Idiap Energy Informatics group join their forces in Human-Building Interaction and Machine Learning for saving energy while preserving comfort in the built environment.
The project aims at studying the interplay between a user-centric interface design and an intelligent daylight and electric lighting control, in order to optimize comfort, promote its user acceptance and, in definitive, save electric energy.

The candidate will be responsible to help developing the intelligent control system, defining its user interface and setting up controlled and in-the-wild user studies at the Smart Living Lab ( to evaluate acceptance, perception and satisfaction of users. It is a unique opportunity to experience the full HCI research spectrum from system and UI design to user studies analysis.

The candidate should hold a Master degree or be currently enrolled in a Master program in Computer Science, showing interest in the field of HCI. The candidate should have strong programming skills and be familiar with Python and the Linux environment.

The following expertise would be a plus:

  • web app development
  • user studies planning and running
  • statistical analysis
  • machine learning

The successful candidate will join the Human-IST institute at UniFR, under the supervision of Dr Julien Nembrini. Appointment to this position is for an initial period of 1 year, with a possibility of a short extension. Part-time is foreseeable to accomodate for courses or other needs.

Starting date is December 1st but is open to discussion. The gross salary at full time is 60’000 CHF per year, depending on qualifications and background.

Interested candidates are invited to contact Dr Julien Nembrini (

The UniFR place great emphasis on gender diversity and we particularly encourage women to apply.