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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­si­tät Dres­den - Faculty of Psy­cho­logy, Clus­ter of Exel­lence “Centre for Tac­tile Inter­net with Human-in-the-Loop” (CeTI)

The TU Dres­den is one of ele­ven Ger­man uni­ver­si­ties that were iden­ti­fied as an “excel­lence uni­ver­sity”. TUD has about 36.500 stu­dents and almost 5319 employees, 507 pro­fes­sors among them, and, thus, is the lar­gest uni­ver­sity in Sax­ony, today.

Having been com­mit­ted to sci­en­ces and the engi­nee­ring before the reuni­fi­ca­tion of Ger­many, TU Dres­den now is a multi-disci­pline uni­ver­sity, also offe­ring huma­nities and social sci­en­ces as well as medi­cine.

Rese­arch Asso­ciate / PhD Stu­dent
in the field: Com­pu­ta­tio­nal model­ling of human per­cep­tion and action

(Sub­ject to per­so­nal qua­li­fi­ca­tion employees are remu­ne­ra­ted accord­ing to salary group E 13 TV-L)
App­li­ca­ti­ons are invi­ted for the fol­lo­wong posi­tion in the Rese­arch Group “Human Per­cep­tion and Action” star­ting on 01.10.2020. The posi­tion ent­ails 75% of the full-time wee­kly hours and is fixed-term for 3 years. The period of employ­ment is gover­ned by the Fixed Term Rese­arch Con­tracts Act (Wis­sen­schafts­zeit­ver­trags­ge­setz - WissZeitVG). The posi­tion offers the chance to obtain fur­ther aca­de­mic qua­li­fi­ca­tion (e.g. PhD).
The suc­cess­ful app­li­cant will work tog­e­ther with Dr. Jakub Lima­now­ski (Rese­arch Group Lea­der) wit­hin the DFG-fun­ded Clus­ter of Excel­lence “Centre for Tac­tile Inter­net with Human-in-the-loop” (https://www.ceti.one). The posi­tion will be based in the CeTI and will be asso­cia­ted with the Faculty of Psy­cho­logy.

Work­ing field:

The “Human Per­cep­tion and Action” Rese­arch Group’s focus is on the cogni­tive-com­pu­ta­tio­nal basis of human per­cep­tion and action, with an empha­sis on the mecha­nisms of how body models are con­struc­ted and updated (e.g., in vir­tual envi­ron­ments) by the brain. We use vir­tual rea­lity tog­e­ther with state-of-the-art sen­sors (e.g., data gloves) and inter­ven­ti­ons (TMS, phar­ma­co­logy) for expe­ri­men­tal mani­pu­la­tion, and look at how these mani­pu­la­ti­ons affect beha­viour, brain activity (e.g., fMRI and EEG), and sub­jec­tive expe­ri­ence tog­e­ther. We use com­pu­ta­tio­nal model­ling to gain a mecha­nistic under­stan­ding of these data. The suc­cess­ful app­li­cant will be expec­ted to con­tri­bute to the group’s ongo­ing rese­arch pro­jects, with a focus on com­pu­ta­tio­nal model­ling of beha­vio­ral and brain respon­ses acqui­red during expe­ri­ments.

Require­ments:

uni­ver­sity degree (Diploma, Mas­ter) in Psy­cho­logy, Cogni­tive Neu­ro­sci­ence, Cogni­tive Sci­ence, or a rela­ted rele­vant field; writ­ten and oral pro­fi­ci­ency in Eng­lish; pro­gramming skills. We par­ti­cu­larly encou­rage app­li­ca­ti­ons of stu­dents with expe­ri­ence in the com­pu­ta­tio­nal ana­ly­sis of beha­viou­ral/brain data, fami­lia­rity with rele­vant frame­works (e.g. active infe­rence, rein­force­ment lear­ning), and/or expe­ri­ence in rele­vant com­pu­ta­tio­nal methods (e.g. machine lear­ning).

What we of­fer:

The Faculty of Psy­cho­logy sup­ports mul­ti­di­sci­pli­nary rese­arch with ample oppor­tu­nities for trai­ning and col­la­bo­ra­tion. CeTI’s Human-in-the-Loop lab has motion cap­ture, eye­tracking, as well as mobile EEG and NIRS sys­tems. The Chair of Life­span Deve­lop­men­tal Neu­ro­sci­ence has EEG and NIRS sys­tems, beha­vio­ral tes­ting rooms, and direct cur­rent sti­mu­la­tion (tDCS) sys­tems; there is fur­ther­more access to a rese­arch-dedi­ca­ted 3T MRI scan­ner and TMS sys­tem through the uni­ver­sity’s Neu­ro­ima­ging Centre.

How to ap­ply:

App­li­ca­ti­ons from women are par­ti­cu­larly wel­come. The same app­lies to people with disa­bi­li­ties
Please sub­mit your com­plete app­li­ca­tion (inclu­ding a CV detail­ing sci­en­ti­fic expe­ri­ence to date, a short sum­mary of the mas­ter the­sis [max. 1 page], a state­ment of moti­va­tion and rese­arch inte­rest [max. 1 page], and the con­tact details of 2 refe­rees) with the sub­ject hea­der: PhD Com­pu­ta­tio­nal model­ling HPA pre­fer­a­bly via the TU Dres­den Secu­re­Mail Por­tal https://securemail.tu-dresden.de by sen­ding it as a sin­gle pdf docu­ment to jakub.limanowski@tu-dresden.de or to TU Dres­den, Fakul­tät Psy­cho­lo­gie, Insti­tut für Päd­ago­gi­sche Psy­cho­lo­gie und Ent­wick­lungs­psy­cho­lo­gie, Pro­fes­sur für Ent­wick­lungs­psy­cho­lo­gie und Neu­ro­wis­sen­schaft der Lebens­spanne, z. Hdn. Herrn Dr. Jakub Lima­now­ski, Helm­holtz­str. 10, 01069 Dres­den. Initial dead­line for app­li­ca­tion is 23.07.2020 (stam­ped arri­val date of the uni­ver­sity cen­tral mail ser­vice app­lies). Please sub­mit copies only, as your app­li­ca­tion will not be retur­ned to you. Expen­ses incur­red in atten­ding inter­views can­not be reim­bur­sed. We look for­ward to your app­li­ca­tion!

Refe­rence to data pro­tec­tion: Your data pro­tec­tion rights, the pur­pose for which your data will be pro­ces­sed, as well as fur­ther infor­ma­tion about data pro­tec­tion is avail­able to you on the web­site: https://tu-dresden.de/karriere/datenschutzhinweis