[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD and Postdoc research grants Cognitive Interaction Technology

Helge Ritter helge at techfak.uni-bielefeld.de
Tue Mar 11 04:17:50 PDT 2014

Graduate School Cognitive Interaction Technology - Call for Application 2014
Research Grants for PhD Students and Postdocs

CITEC's goal are technical systems that are capable of cognitive 
interaction: this means the ability to interact with humans in 
situations and assist them for tasks that require some cognitive 
understanding of the context. Moreover those systems need to integrate 
abilities such as shared attention, perception-guided planning and 
control of actions, situated communication and learning. Given that the 
most advanced integration of such capabilities is seen in living 
systems, CITEC connects research groups in computer science and robotics 
with researchers and groups from biology, linguistics, mathematics, 
physics, psychology and sport science. Individual groups cooperate in a 
highly interdisciplinary research institute established through the 
German Excellence initiative and funded since 2007.

Up to 16 research grants (3 years duration, tax free research 
fellowship) for highly qualified students aiming to obtain a Ph.D. in 
one of the above fields and thematic areas are offered by the Graduate 
School Cognitive Interaction Technology. The Graduate School is embedded 
within CITEC, offering a structured study program (Intelligent Systems) 
and providing access to premier lab and research facilities. Grants are 
also available as shorter Postdoctoral research positions (2 years work 
contract or tax free research fellowship) for suitably qualified 

Eligible candidates must hold an excellent academic degree 
(MSc/Diploma/PhD) in one of the disciplines listed above (or related). 
Applications should include: (1) a cover letter indicating motivation 
and research interests, (2) a CV including list of publications, (3) all 
relevant certificates of academic qualification, and (4) contact details 
of two referees. In addition (5) a short outline (2-3 pages) of a 
research project relevant to CITEC's research objectives including a 
corresponding abstract. While we strongly advise PhD candidates to 
contact a prospective supervisor among the CITEC group head's 
(www.cit-ec.de/researchgroups) in order to jointly identify a suitable 
topic for the PhD project outline in advance of the application (e.g., 
to clarify availability of special equipment), this step is optional for 
postdoc researchers who may directly submit the outline (not longer than 
5 pages) of their intended research project.

Research grants will be given for the duration of three years for PhD 
students/two years for Postdoctoral applicants. Bielefeld University is 
an equal opportunity employer.

Please address your application to Prof. Dr. Thomas Schack, Head of 
Graduate School and use the online form for your application:

Please submit your documents not later than March 31, 2014.

Please direct any queries relating to your application to CITEC Graduate 
Email: gradschool'at'cit-ec.uni-bielefeld.de, or phone :+49-(0)521-106-6567.

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