[visionlist] [jobs] 2 PhD / Early stage researchers for neural networks, speech, vision and robotics

The Knowledge Technology Research Group at the University of Hamburg
invites applications for two Early Stage Researchers (ESR) within the
Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network “SOCRATES” – SOcial
Cognitive Robotic Agents in The European Society

The research area is knowledge technology, intelligent systems and
artificial intelligence, in particular neural networks and emotion
recognition for interactive social robotics. There are two research
positions (PhD studentships, Early Stage Researcher positions -ESR)
which will be filled in the context of interactive cognitive robots.
The ESR will focus on the following topics:

ESR A: Learning face and upper-body emotion recognition
ESR B: Learning emotion recognition through auditory cues and language

The positions commence on April 1, 2017 or as soon as the position can
be filled. The term is fixed to three years. The fixed-term nature of
these contracts is based upon the Academic Fixed-Term Labor Contract
Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz, WissZeitVG). They are
remunerated at the salary level in accordance with the regulations
for the Early Stage Researcher (ESR) in EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie
Actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN) (for some general
information see also
and call for 39 hours of work per week.

Duties include academic services in the project named above. Research
associates can also pursue independent research and further academic

A university degree in a relevant subject. In particular, at least an
MSc or equivalent in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science or
Engineering with a focus on Intelligent Computing is required.
Excellent programming skills (Python, C++ etc.) are needed and a
background in at least one of neural networks/affective computing/
robotics would be an advantage for these positions. The posts involve
international traveling. Each PhD student will be expected to spend
secondments at other partner sites. According to EU mobility rules,
the ESR researchers must not have resided or carried out their main
activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany for longer than 12 months in
the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Early-Stage
Researchers are defined as those who are, at the time of selection,
in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research

The University aims to increase the number of women in research and
teaching and explicitly encourages qualified women to apply. Equally
qualified female applicants will receive preference in accordance with
the Hamburg Equality Act (Hamburgisches Gleichstellungsgesetz,

Severely disabled applicants will receive preference over equally
qualified non-disabled applicants.

The application deadline is 30.11.2016.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Stefan Wermter,
Director of Knowledge Technology Institute or consult our website at

Applications should include an application letter, curriculum vitae,
and copies of degree certificate(s) in a single pdf file. Language
certificates are requested if available.

Please send applications to:
Frau Kösters, katja.koesters@informatik.uni-hamburg.de

Professor Dr. Stefan Wermter
Chair of Knowledge Technology Institute
Department of Computer Science, WTM, Building F
University of Hamburg
Vogt Koelln Str. 30
22527 Hamburg, Germany

Email: wermter AT informatik.uni-hamburg.de


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