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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 as soon as 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 ( 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 project Human Minds in Digital Technologies – Processes and Effects of (De)Anthropomorphism, it is assumed that as individuals quickly attribute human-like mental capacities to non-human entities (i.e., anthropomorphism), a beneficial implementation of Embodied Digital Technologies (EDTs) in learning environments largely depends on the individuals’ degree of perceived anthropomorphism. Indeed, multimedia learning scholars have found anthropomorphism resulting in a better learning performance. However, these findings are limited to relatively simple EDTs. Comparable research on more elaborated EDTs that behave as if they approach uniquely human qualities are largely missing from the multimedia learning literature. Drawing from other research areas (e.g., media psychology, social cognition/robotics, interactive design) indicating that high levels of anthropomorphism lead to unpleasant feelings (i.e., eeriness and creepiness) and a denial of initially perceived and assigned humanness (i.e., de-anthropomorphism), the project proposes that highly-elaborated EDTs have an adverse impact on individuals’ learning outcomes. During the first funding period, the key objectives are to establish experimental Wizard of Oz procedures that make it possible to examine highly-elaborated EDTs in a valid fashion and to evaluate such EDTs’ effects on individuals’ learning performance (compared to EDTs with less elaborated or no anthropomorphic features), and to examine the mediating (de-)anthropomorphism process under consideration of pivotal moderators (i.e., EDTs’ morphology and element interactivity). The successful applicant will be responsible for setting up, conducting, and reporting behavioral experiments in virtual reality 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 (Media)Psychology, Cognitive Science, Instructional 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_B01_ psychldm”) to The closing date for applications is April 9th 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 Humanities – Institute for Media Research
Professorship of Media Psychology
Prof. Dr. Günter Daniel Rey
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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