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Research Assistant / Doctoral Student in Robotics (f/m/d)

(Salary grade E 13 TV-L, 100%)

Chemnitz University of Technology invites applications for a doctoral position in the Coordinated Research Centre (CRC 1410) Hybrid Societies – Humans Interacting with Embodied Technologies, dependent on provision and approval of third-party funding. Employment is offered until December 31st, 2023 starting at April 1st, 2021 or by agreement.

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 a telemanipulationsystem which enables humans to carry out dexterous manipulation with robots on a remote place. Such telemanipulation systems can be used by surgeons in operations, for removing mines or other dangerous substances or for robots working in rescue scenarios even for inspection in production. The aim is to develop a haptic display for optimal fine grained motions and a new shared autonomy concept in order to support unexperienced users in an optimal way.   

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 electrical engineering, with main courses in ro-botics and control.
  • Basic knowledge in robotics, robot control, sensors and reinforcement learning
  • Experience with the development of robot control software.
  • 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 EMail (stating: “CRC1410_C04”). The closing date for applications is March 21th 2021.

Please, do not include links in electronic applications. Please, send copies only. Original documents will not be returned.Address: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrike Thomas, Chemnitz University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering 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 encour-aged to apply. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified.

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