[robotics-worldwide] PostDoc position available at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Rainer Stiefelhagen rainer.stiefelhagen at kit.edu
Fri Aug 12 05:13:11 PDT 2011

The Computer Vision for Human Computer Interaction Lab 
(http://cvhci.anthropomatik.kit.edu/) at Karlsruhe Institute of 
Technology (KIT) is seeking for a highly qualified postdoctoral 
researcher who has experience in one or more of the following areas: 
computer vision, person tracking, person identification, action or event 
classification, perceptual user interfaces, human robot interaction.

What we expect:

We seek for an outstanding researcher with a solid background in machine 
learning and computer vision. Previous expertise in one or more of the 
following research topics is necessary: person tracking, person 
identification, event classification and human robot interaction. A 
strong academic record and high motivation for creative research is 

The candidates will be responsible to conduct independent research, 
manage a group of PhD students and at the same time contribute to 
ongoing projects. National and international candidates are encouraged 
to apply. Knowledge of German language is not required. Excellent oral 
and written English skills are expected.

How to apply:

Qualified applicants holding a PhD degree should provide the following 

- Cover letter briefly describing his/her background and career plans
- CV
- Link to his/her research website
- Date of availability
- Names and contact information for at least two reference letters

All documents should be submitted via email as a single pdf file to 
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Stiefelhagen (rainer.stiefelhagen at kit.edu) with 
the email subject line: Postdoc Candidate

Review of the applications will start immediately and will continue 
until the position is filled. The employment will initially be awarded 
for a period of one year with an option of extending it.

KIT is pursuing a gender equality policy. Women are therefore 
particularly encouraged to apply. If qualified, handicapped applicants 
will be preferred.


The position is a full-time position paid according to the German TVL 
E-13 or E-14 payment scheme. Depending on the experience of the 
candidate, this results in a gross income of approximately 3.600 - 4.300 
Euros per month.

About the Computer Vision for Human Computer Interaction Lab:

Our research focuses on the development of novel techniques for the 
visual and audio-visual perception of humans and their activities in 
order to facilitate perceptive multimodal interfaces, humanoid robots 
and smart environments. Our work thus includes research on person 
tracking, person identification, recognition of pointing gestures, 
estimation of head orientation and focus of attention as well as 
audio-visual scene and activity analysis. Currently we address 
applications such as human-friendly humanoid robots, smart environments, 
security and surveillance-related scenarios, multimedia analysis as well 
as assistive systems for handicapped persons.

We are a member of the German Collaborative Research Center 588 on 
'Humanoid Robots'. In this project we contribute key components for the 
visual perception of people and their activities to the Karlsruhe 
humanoid robot. We are also member of the Franco-German research project 
Quaero where we contribute to video-based and multimodal multimedia 
analysis, in particular the detection and recognition of people, events 
and genres in images and video. Other projects include re-identification 
of people for security-related applications as well as vision-based 
patient monitoring.

About the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT):

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is the result of the merger of 
the University of Karlsruhe and the Research Center, Karlsruhe. It is a 
unique institution in Germany which combines the mission of a university 
with that of a large-scale research center of the Helmholtz Association. 
With 8,000 employees and an annual budget of EUR 650 million, KIT is one 
of the largest research and education institutions worldwide.

Relevant Links:

- CVHCI Lab: http://cvhci.anthropomatik.kit.edu/
- Karlsruhe Institute of Technology: http://www.kit.edu/
- Karlsruhe, Germany: http://karlsruhe.de/
- Salary calculator (in German): 

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