[Elsnet-list] PhD and Postdoc Grants in Cognitive Interaction Technology, Bielefeld, Germany

David Schlangen david.schlangen at uni-bielefeld.de
Thu Feb 6 16:08:03 CET 2014

The "Center of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology" at
Bielefeld University, Germany, announces the availability of 16
full PhD research grants (for 3 years) in areas related to "Cognitive
Interaction Technology". Some of these positions can also be turned
into postdoctoral research positions.

Prospective students or postdoctoral researchers interested in the
areas of (spoken) dialogue processing, situated communication and
spoken human/robot interaction are welcome to contact Prof David
Schlangen via email ( firstname.lastname at uni-bielefeld.de ) to discuss
possible topics.

Deadline for the official application is March 31 2014. Full
announcement below.

	    Research Grants for PhD Students and Postdocs
at the Center of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC)
		 Graduate School, Bielefeld, Germany

CITEC's goal are technical systems that are capable of cognitive
interaction: this means the ability to interact with humans in
situations and assist them for tasks that require some cognitive
understanding of the context. Moreover those systems need to integrate
abilities such as shared attention,perception-guided planning and
control of actions,  situated communication and learning. Given that
the most advanced integration of such capabilities is seen in living
systems, CITEC connects research groups in computer science and
robotics with researchers and groups from biology, linguistics,
mathematics, physics, psychology and sport science. Individual groups
cooperate in a highly interdisciplinary research institute established
through the German Excellence initiative and funded since 2007.

Up to 16 research grants (3 years duration, tax free research
fellowship) for highly qualified students aiming to obtain a Ph.D. in
one of the above fields and thematic areas are offered by the Graduate
School Cognitive Interaction Technology. The Graduate School is
embedded within CITEC, offering a structured study program
(Intelligent Systems) and providing access to premier lab and research
facilities. Grants are also available as shorter Postdoctoral research
positions (2 years work contract or tax free research fellowship) for
suitably qualified candidates.

Eligible candidates must hold an excellent academic degree
(MSc/Diploma/PhD) in one of the disciplines listed above (or
related). Applications should include:
(1) a cover letter indicating motivation and research interests,
(2) a CV including list of publications,
(3) all relevant certificates of academic qualification, and
(4) contact details of two referees.
In addition (5), a short outline (2-3 pages) of a research project
relevant to CITEC's research objectives including a corresponding
While we strongly advise PhD candidates to contact a prospective
supervisor among the CITEC group head's (www.cit-ec.de/researchgroups)
in order to jointly identify a suitable topic for the PhD project
outline in advance of the application (e.g., to clarify availability
of special equipment), this step is optional for postdoc researchers
who may directly submit the outline (not longer than 5 pages) of their
intended research project.

Research grants will be given for the duration of three years for PhD
students and two years for Postdoctoral applicants. Bielefeld
University is an equal opportunity employer.

Please address your application to Prof. Dr. Thomas Schack, Head of
Graduate School, and use the online form for your application:

Please submit your documents not later than
** March 31, 2014. **
Start of work can be from July to November 2014.

Please direct any queries relating to your application to CITEC
Graduate School, Email: gradschool at cit-ec.uni-bielefeld.de, or phone

David Schlangen
Professor of Applied Computational Linguistics
Fak. LiLi, Universität Bielefeld
Postfach 10 01 31
D-33501 Bielefeld

Office C5-201
Tel.  +49 521 106-67323
Fax. +49 521 106-89050

david.schlangen at uni-bielefeld.de

** new website http://www.dsg-bielefeld.de **

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