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Doctoral Researcher in Mobility Engineering (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 Detection of Implicit Driving Cues, vehicle-to-vehicle communication is investigated with a detailed consideration of implicit driving cues (such as slowing down or swerving). Manually driven and automated vehicles will share the road in the near future; thus, the main aim is to identify, characterize, and test relevant implicit driving cues as a basis for automated driving. Implicit communication of intentions is analyzed, and the identified context-specific movement patterns and signals are empirically verified. The research aim is addressed by different, yet complementary research methods: a secondary data analysis, lab studies with constructed on-road video recordings, a driving simulator study, and an on-road study involving a hidden driver.

The successful applicant will be responsible for setting up, conducting, and reporting behavioural experiments in these settings as part of a 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.


  • University degree (Master/Diploma or equivalent) in Human Factors or a similar background
  • Expertise in conducting driving simulator and on-road studies
  • Expertise in driving simulator programming in SILAB 6.5 and driving data analysis
  • 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_D02_MB”) to The closing date for applications is 17.01.2020. Please, do not include links in electronic applications. Please, send copies only. Original documents will not be returned.


Chemnitz University of Technology
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering – Institute of Management and Factory Systems
Professorship of Ergonomics and Innovation Management
Prof. Dr. Angelika Bullinger-Hoffmann
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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