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Open Research Position

2 Doctoral Researchers in (Cognitive) Linguistics, Semiotics, and Gesture Studies (m, f, d)
(Salary grade E 13 TV-L, 65% each)

Chemnitz University of Technology invites applications for two doctoral positions in the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC 1410) Hybrid Societies – Humans Interacting with Embodied Technologies. Employment is offered until December 31st, 2023 starting March 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 “Intentionality and Joint Attention in Multimodal Interaction” investigates how intentionality and joint attention are indicated by verbal, gestural, and other bodily markers. The project aims at basic insights into the nature of intentionality in multimodal interaction and establishes grounds for transferring these findings to human-machine interaction. To achieve these goals, the project combines empirical and experimental studies with methods and concepts from empirical gesture studies, linguistics, semiotics, and formal logic.

The successful applicants will be responsible for research assignments in all theoretical and methodological questions relevant to the project, coordination of studies as well as preparation and support of publications and talks. 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. The doctoral positions include the enrollment in the CRC's doctoral program.


  • University degree (Master/Diploma or equivalent) in linguistics, semiotics, psychology, or a similar background
  • Expertise in (cognitive) linguistics and gesture studies (expertise in semiotics, formal linguistics or information science is a plus)
  • Skills should include the analysis and annotation of verbo-gestural data and at least one of the following: multimodal corpus-linguistics, formalization, qualitative and/or ethnographic methods
  • Fluent in English (both written and spoken)

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 theses (1-2 pages) preferably as a single pdf-file via email (stating: “CRC1410_D01”) to . The closing date for applications is February 12th 2020. Please, do not include links in electronic applications. Please, send copies only. Original documents will not be returned.


Chemnitz University of Technology
Faculty of Humanities – Institute for German and Communication Studies
Professorship of German Linguistics, Semiotics and Multimodal Communication
Prof. Dr. Ellen Fricke and Dr. Jana Bressem
09107 Chemnitz

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 equally qualified.

Employment will be governed by the provisions of the German law on fixed-term contracts in academia (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz).

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