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Bielefeld University

Open Postdoctoral Research Positions in Cognitive Interaction Technology

The Cluster of Excellence in Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University, Germany (www.cit-ec.de) is looking for postdoctoral candidates in all areas of cognitive interaction technology.
We offer up to 10 positions, preferably with two-year contracts starting from January 1st, 2017 (later starting time is negotiable). Reduced working hours are possible. The positions are meant for scientific qualification. According to the legal requirements of the WissZeitVG and the contract on good employment practice, individual contract terms can arise.
Desired Applicant’s Profile
We are looking for outstanding applicants with a university degree and with a completed (or largely completed) doctoral degree in a field that is pertinent to cognitive interaction technology. This includes fields such as intelligent systems, robotics, experimental psychology, movement science, computational linguistics, computational cognition, or cognitive neuroscience. Applicants will be expected to work in the context of either an ongoing CITEC project that matches their personal research profile, or to develop with local groups a new research project that contributes within CITEC’s range of topics.
Applicants should have an excellent academic qualification as well as practical research experience in their respective field. Research accomplishments should be documented by high ranking publications (conferences, journals, software). We particularly appreciate experience in interdisciplinary research. Proficiency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of German is useful.
Creating the scientific and technological foundations for systems that interact seamlessly and at a semantic level with human users is the focus of the Cluster of Excellence in Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University. CITEC’s research topics range from smart devices, over virtual or augmented reality to sophisticated robots with cognitive or even social capabilities. A crucial perspective is to elucidate the structure and processes that are constitutive for the cognitive interaction between humans and artificial intelligent systems.
CITEC was established as part of the German Excellence Initiative in 2007 and brings together over 30 research groups in computer science, robotics, biology, linguistics, psychology, and sports science. Most of these groups are located in a dedicated building that offers cutting-edge central as well as individual lab facilities. This unique and highly interdisciplinary research environment connects projects from four main areas: motion intelligence, attentive systems, situated communication, and memory and learning. Currently, more than 60 internal as well as further third-party funded projects contribute to CITEC’s research portfolio.
What CITEC Offers You
We offer a strongly interdisciplinary and stimulating research environment with excellent laboratory infrastructure as well as a wide network of national and international research partners. The postdoc positions are remunerated at the salary level TV-L 13 and are provided with a dedicated budget for research costs. We are strongly committed to support the career development of our members and can offer facilities to reconcile professional demands and family life.
Application Process
Applications are to be submitted in English and must include the following (no more than two pages for each item 1. - 4.):
1. A statement describing the applicant’s area(s) of research (topics and methods)
2. A letter of motivation
3. A sketch of a research proposal (optional)
4. A curriculum vitae
5. Record of publication, with copies of three representative papers
6. Up to two letters of recommendation

Application deadline ends on September 30, 2016.
Applications with the subject line ’CITEC Postdocs positions 2017’ should be sent by email (coordinator@cit-ec.uni-bielefeld.de) to Prof. Helge Ritter, CITEC coordinator, preferably in one PDF document. Should you have any questions, please also contact us at this email address or call Anita Adamczyk, CITEC Managing Director on +49- 521-106-6563.
Applications can be also submitted via mail to: Prof. Helge Ritter, Bielefeld University, Cluster of Excellence in Cognitive Interaction Technology / Office, Inspiration 1, 33619 Bielefeld, Germany.
Applications from qualified severely handicapped persons and persons who are on a par with severely handicapped persons are explicitly welcome.
Bielefeld University is recognized as a family-friendly university. We encourage women to apply for jobs; this is particularly true with regard both to academic and technical posts as well as positions in information technology, trades and crafts. Applications are handled according to the provisions of the state equal opportunity statutes.
About Bielefeld
Bielefeld, with its close to 330.000 inhabitants, is one of the twenty largest cities in Germany. Founded in 1214 CE as a merchants’ town, Bielefeld today is a dynamic university city with a total of seven universities and nearly 35.000 students. It is a lively city with a favourable cost of living and numerous cultural and entertainment opportunities. Bielefeld is at the heart of the East Westphalia-Lippe region, which is home to a number of globally active companies, including Miele, Bertelsmann, Dr. Oetker, and Schüco. Fast ICE trains make Berlin, Hamburg, and Cologne reachable within two and a half hours. Surrounded by the Teutoburg Forest, the place is one of Germany’s greenest cities, offering many opportunities for outdoor and leisure activities.

Closing date: 30.09.2016
Closing date: 30 September 2016 Published on academics.com on date 22 September 2016
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