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.
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
) 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-
Applications can be also submitted via mail to: Prof. Helge Ritter, Bielefeld University,
Cluster of Excellence in Cognitive Interaction Technology / Office, Inspiration 1, 33619
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
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