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Open Research Position

Doctoral Researcher in Computer Science (m, f, d)
(Salary grade E 13 TV-L, 50%)

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 ( 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 “Disguising Undesired Cues in Motions” will focus on the design and the control of the movements of a digital avatar. Of special interest are the subproblems of reproducing characteristic movement patterns of individuals and altering motion characteristics in a way that the results will be perceived as natural human motions. The successful applicant will be responsible for developing the parametric motion generator to create or alter biped walking motions, sitting postures, and transitions between standing and sitting. This involves the post-processing of motion capture data, analysis of motion curves, and their parametric mathematical representation. These representations will be used to create the motion generator. Expertise from human locomotion scientists will be incorporated into the motion generator to create comprehensive and natural appearance of resulting motions.

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.


  • University degree (Master/Diploma or equivalent) in Computer Science or a similar background
  • Expertise in object-oriented programming (C++/C#/Java or comparable)
  • Fluent in English (both written and spoken)
  • Expertise in the following areas is a plus:

          - Analysis and processing of motion capture data
          - Classification algorithms
          - Curve modelling with B-Splines

  • The candidate shall have a strong interest to work in an interdisciplinary team

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_B02_cg_A”) to 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.

Chemnitz University of Technology
Faculty of Computer Science
Professorship of Computer Graphics and Visualization (GDV)
Prof. Dr. Guido Brunnett
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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