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Open Research Position

Research Assistant / Doctoral Student in Robotics (m, f, d)
(Salary grade E 13 TV-L, 100%)

Chemnitz University of Technology invites applications for a doctoral position or post-doctoral position in the Coordinated Research Centre (CRC 1410) Hybrid Societies – Humans Interacting with Embodied Technologies. Employment is offered until July 31st, 2021 starting at August 1st, 2020.

Research Environment and Tasks: Research in the CRC 1410 Hybrid Societies pertains to the interaction with Embodied Digital Technologies (EDTs) as artificial bodies moving in real or virtual environments ( Interdisciplinary research in the CRC is guided by two leading questions to ultimately ensure smooth and efficient encounters between humans and embodied technologies in hybrid societies: What is required so that humans can coordinate with EDTs as smoothly as with conspecifics? How to design EDTs to meet these requirements? Cooperating researchers from psychology, engineering, computer science, human movement science, linguistics and gesture studies, sociology, law studies, physics, and mathematics scientifically inquire the interaction of humans with EDTs from the level of single actions up to the attribution of intentionality.

Project description: The aim is to develop robots which are safe and human like. Humans and robots will share environments and collaborate in the future. Therefore, the design of human like robots needs to be developed. The control of the new generation robots is demanding. Thus, the aim is to provide new control concepts and interfaces for the new generation of human like robots. The developed algorithms will be testes with our own hardware and developed humanoid legged robot.   

Researchers in the CRC Hybrid Societies contribute to the CRC’s joint research activities and actively participate, for instance, in research colloquia, lecture series, and workshops. As candidate for pursuing a doctoral degree, students are strongly advised to enroll in the graduate school of the CRC. We expect you to publish your scientific results in well ranked international journals and at highly recognized international conferences.


  • University degree Master or Diploma degree in robotics, mechatronics, electrical engineer-ing, physics or mechanical engineering.
  • Basic knowledge in robotics, robot control.
  • Experience in the Mechanical Design of Robots
  • Experience in DeSpace-Systems and CAD-tools like Creo,
  • Implementation skills preferable in C/C++, Java, Python, Matlab.
  • Very good skills in team work and good communication skills.
  • Fluent in English (both written and spoken). German Language skills are helpful but not a must.

Application procedure: Applicants should send their complete application documents including a motivation letter (1 page) with a brief description of personal qualifications and research interests, a tabular curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificates and academic transcripts, a publication list if applicable, and abstracts of Bachelor- and Master-/diploma preferably as a single pdf-file via E-Mail (stating: “CRC1410_hardware”). The closing date for applications is June 30th 2020. Please, do not include links in electronic applications. Please, send copies only. Original documents will not be re-turned.

For further questions do not hesitate to contact Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrike Thomas by either email: or phone +49 +49(0)371/531-31648

Address: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrike Thomas, Chemnitz University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engi-neering and Information Technology, Chair of Robotics and Human Machine Interaction, Reichenhainer-Strasse 70, D-09126 Chemnitz, Germany. E-Mail:

Chemnitz University of Technology is committed to ensuring an environment that provides equal opportunities and promotes diversity. To increase the number of women working in science and teaching, applications by women with the required qualifications are explicitly desired. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified.

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