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Open Research Position

Doctoral Researcher in Cognitive Psychology/Educational Psychology (m, f, d)
(Salary grade E 13 TV-L, 65%)

Chemnitz University of Technology invites applications for a doctoral position 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 (www.hybrid-societies.org). 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.

In the interdisciplinary project Credibility Through Non-native Language Varieties in Conversational Pedagogical Agents, linguists, psychologists, and computer scientists aim at improving linguistic credibility and learning with Conversational Pedagogical Agents (CPAs) through specific language cues. The project focuses on the specific non-native linguistic behaviour of CPAs in interaction with humans to be credible digital teachers for non-native learners. The main research question is whether linguistic credibility influences human learning performance on different topics when taught by digital CPAs. The project intends to find out how credibility can be created in a CPA through non-native linguistic cues and, consequently, how exactly a credible CPA should be designed. Experimental studies will be carried out to identify relevant design factors of the linguistic output of CPAs. Such design factors could be, for instance, sentence complexity, jargon/register, underuse of high-rise terminals, or deviant sentence stress. In additional work packages, an output voice is used in a text-to-speech synthesis in non-native educational discourse and evaluated via experiments in terms of its credibility and students’ learning performance. The successful applicant will be responsible for setting up, conducting, and reporting behavioural experiments as part of an interdisciplinary research team.

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 position includes the enrollment in the CRC's doctoral program.

Requirements:

  • University degree (Master/Diploma or equivalent) in Psychology, Cognitive Science, or a similar background
  • Expertise in Cognitive and Experimental Psychology as well as in Educational Psychology
  • Strong motivation for contributing to science in interdisciplinary collaboration
  • 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_D03_psych”) to guenter-daniel.rey@phil.tu-chemnitz.de. 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.

Address:
Chemnitz University of Technology
Faculty of Humanities – Institute for Media Research
Professorship of Psychology of Learning with Digital Media
Prof. Dr. Günter Daniel Rey
09107 Chemnitz
guenter-daniel.rey@phil.tu-chemnitz.de

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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