[Elsnet-list] PhD grants on multimodal systems at Hamburg University

Wolfgang Menzel menzel at informatik.uni-hamburg.de
Thu Mar 9 16:31:50 CET 2006

The International Research Training Group Hamburg/Germany – 
Beijing/China (IRTG-CINACS, Internationales Graduiertenkolleg)

             Cross-modal Interaction in Natural and 
                  Artificial Cognitive Systems

funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), the State of 
Hamburg, and the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of 
China is seeking highly qualified and motivated candidates for  

                  12 Doctoral Student Positions
                   at the University of Hamburg
                beginning April 1st, 2006, or later

The IRTG-CINACS offers a 3-year doctoral program based at the 
University of Hamburg and at Tsinghua University, Beijing. The 
dissertation projects will be carried out at the University of 
Hamburg. A significant part (up to 6 months) of the studies will be 
performed at Tsinghua University. The interdisciplinary program 
provides exciting research opportunities for research on multi-sensory 
perception and multi-modal information processing.

The program aims at applicants from all countries with an excellent 
academic degree (master degree, German ‚Diplom’ or equivalent) in 
neuroscience, psychology, medicine, informatics, linguistics and 
related fields. Female applicants are particularly welcome. In case of 
equal qualifications, preference is given to applicants with a 

The official language of the programme is English. Each student will 
be supervised by a German-Chinese supervisor team. 

CINACS Summary

The international research training group CINACS comprises groups from 
Neuroscience, Psychology, Linguistics and Informatics at the 
University of Hamburg and groups from Informatics, Biomedical 
Engineering and Cognitive Science at Tsinghua University. The common 
link between all groups is their research on the principles of 
multimodal processing. 

The consortium assembles internationally known groups within the 
research area of multisensory processes and multimodal 
representations, both on the German and on the Chinese side. The 
computer science participants of Hamburg are members of the Centre of 
Intelligent Systems and Robotics, one of the largest AI competence 
centers at a German university. The three cognitive neuroscience 
groups are based in the Institutes of System Neuroscience, of 
Neurophysiology and Pathophysiology, and of Biological Psychology and 
Neuropsychology, respectively. On the Tsinghua side, core personnel of 
the State Key Laboratory of Intelligent Technology and Systems, the 
largest AI research unit in China, are involved. Tsinghua University 
is known as the elite university of China, recruiting the best 
students of the country. Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering 
belong to the first choices of the top students who study at Tsinghua. 


The scholarship currently provides 1468 EUR per month and is not 
subject to federal income tax. Additional benefits include family 
allowance (where applicable), travel funding, support for carrying out 
experiments, and an additional monthly allowance for the duration of 
the stay in China. The scholarships are awarded for a period of 2 
years with a possible extension of one additional year. 
For further details see 


Applicants must hold a Master's degree, or equivalent (‘Diplom’ or 
‘Medizinisches Staatsexamen’) in neuroscience, psychology, medicine, 
informatics, linguistics, or a related field.  

Successful applicants for a scholarship
  * are fluent in English
  * are willing to participate in the exchange programme between the 
    University of Hamburg and Tsinghua University (participation in 
    joint activities, research visit of Tsinghua University for up 
    to 6 months)
  * are interested in advanced interdisciplinary research in the field 
    of multi-modal processes.


Please send the following documents with your application:
  * Curriculum vitae (English)
  * List of publications
  * Copies of university certificates
  * Copy of your Language Test Certificate (e.g., TOEFL, if
  * Copy of your passport (for non-German applicants) 
  * Description of your prior studies and scientific 
    training, and a one-page statement of interest with specific 
    reference to two of the announced dissertation thesis topics, each 
    from a different subproject. The topics should be listed in the 
    order of preference.

Please address your application either by conventional mail or by 
email to: 

Prof. Dr. Jianwei Zhang 
Department for Informatics 
University of Hamburg 
Vogt-Kölln-Str. 30 
22527 Hamburg 
Email: cinacs at informatik.uni-hamburg.de

Please do not send any original documents at this stage.

Selection of candidates will start by mid March, 2006 and will 
continue until all positions are filled. 

If you have any questions please contact Prof. Dr. Zhang by email 
(cinacs at informatik.uni-hamburg.de)

Further information for foreign applicants

Accepted students from outside Germany will receive a letter from the 
research training group that allows them to apply for a visa. Further 
information can be obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Wolfgang Menzel                    Universitaet Hamburg
                                   Fachbereich Informatik
                                   AB Natuerlichsprachliche Systeme
menzel at informatik.uni-hamburg.de   Vogt-Koelln-Strasse 30
phone: (49-40) 428 83 - 24 35      D-22527 Hamburg

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