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Postdoctoral Researcher in Neurocomputing (m, f, d)
(Salary grade E13 TV-L, 100%)

Chemnitz University of Technology invites applications for a postdoctoral 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. Part-time employment may be possible.

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.

Project description: The aim of this project is to develop a brain-inspired approach of motor control in robots for human-robot interaction which involves learning and flexible decision making. We will develop a neuro-computational model of cortex-basal ganglia interactions for decision making and motor control combined with two models of the cerebellum, one for open-loop control and one for the predictions of the sensory consequences of motor actions. The developed models will be tested in simulation and on the Humanoid iCub robot with artificial skin on reaching and grasping tasks where movements shall be executed towards particular goals and obstacles need to be avoided. In collaborative work, we will extend this approach towards human-robot interaction where an object will be passed from a human to the 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. Working in this position, you promote your scientific qualification. We expect you to publish your scientific results in well ranked international journals and at highly recognized international conferences.

Requirements:

  • PhD/doctoral degree in computer science or related subjects.
  • Good knowledge in computational neuroscience
  • Basics in robotics and robot control
  • Programming skills (C/C++, Python, Matlab)
  • Teamplayer 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 curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificates and academic transcripts, and a publication list preferably as a single pdf-file via email (stating: “CRC1410_A02”) to fred.hamker@cs.tu-chemnitz.de. The closing date for applications is January 15th 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 Computer Science
Professorship of Artificial Intelligence
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Fred Hamker
09107 Chemnitz
Germany
fred.hamker@cs.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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