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Open Research Position

Doctoral Researcher in Polymer/Nanocomposite Science (m, f, d)
(Salary grade E 13 TV-L, 100%)

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.

In project Body-attached Sensor Network (BASN), diverse nanocomposite sensors are combined to construct a sensor network for the accurate recognition of upper-body gestures. The main aim in this project is to elaborate a methodology for designing biomimetic BASNs for real-time capturing of basic and complex upper body gestures, considering novel nanocomposite sensors, sensor localization in the body, and suitable data processing and analysis algorithms.
The successful applicant will be responsible for obtaining and studying suitable polymer carbon nanocomposite (PCN) filament/film sensors that will be integrated into a BASN. You will perform a detailed investigation of the PCN sensor implementation for hand feature monitoring and design and evaluate the data acquisition system, feature extraction and classification algorithm. The applicant will as well contribute in the systematic elaboration of a methodology for designing BASNs for gesture recognition with high accuracy.

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 Polymer Science, Electronics, Mechatronics or a similar background
  • Expertise in polymer science and polymer nanocomposites
  • Strong knowledge in nanocomposite processing, carbon nanotubes dispersion and sensor technology
  • Experience in fibers/filament characterization and polymer sensors design/fabrication
  • Skills concerning programming and sensors signal evaluation
  • The candidate shall have experience working in multidisciplinary teams
  • Fluent in English (both written and spoken), knowledge of German is a plus

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_A03_msenst”) 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 Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Professorship of Measurement and Sensor Technology
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Olfa Kanoun
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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