1 full Postgraduate Position / Junior Researcher (f/m/d)

Bremen, Germany
07 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
30 Apr 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

1 full Postgraduate Position / Junior Researcher (f/m/d)
- under the condition of job release / job id: A56/23

at the Collaborative Research Center SFB 1320 Everyday Science and Engineering, Universit t Bremen

Project P01

Embodied semantics for the language of action and change: Combining analysis, reasoning and simulation

Project Description:

In the first phase of the collaborative research center, subproject P01 investigated methods to understand vague, underspecified textual instructions expressed in natural language by employing hybrid descriptions that strategically combine both formal logical theories and simulations. The research undertaken in P01 has shown that such methods can be used to select, test, and improve action parameters; disambiguate commands by simulating them within the context of other tasks that they should enable; test physical functional relations between objects, i.e., interactions constraining behavior such as Containment or Support, and understand causal contributions to these relations by objects in an environment. Subproject P01 has also contributed substantially towards knowledge modeling for everyday activities: the development of theories of manipulation phases, affordances, action failures, and of an ontology for interpreting linguistically-expressed commands.

Qualifications:Applicants should have expertise in computer science / artificial intelligence, language processing and reasoning and should hold a master or diploma degree in computer science. They should be committed to interdisciplinary, team-based research and be fluent in spoken and written English.

Ideally, an applicant will also have knowledge of / interest in one or more of the following areas: semantic processing/reasoning; numeric simulation. Additional training and supervision of a doctoral or habilitation thesis will be provided on the job.

Research topics:

Development of an affordance-based reasoning system for everyday activities and grounding of activities in physical simulations.

Conditions of Employment:

Salary is according to the German Federal pay scale (TV-L 13). The position is to be filled at the earliest possible date for a period of three years.

The time limitation is subject to the scientific qualification according to the Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract, 2 (1) (WissZeitVG Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz). Therefore, candidates may only be considered if they dispose of the respective scope of qualification periods according to 2 (1) WissZeitVG.

The university is family-friendly, diverse and sees itself as an international university. We therefore welcome all applicants regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion/belief, disability, age, sexual orientation and identity.

As the University of Bremen intends to increase the proportion of female employees in science, women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Disabled applicants will be given priority if their professional and personal qualifications are essentially the same.

Please address questions about the position and send your application under the reference number until April 30th, 2023 by indicating the job id A56/23 to:

Prof. Dr. Rainer Malaka
Digital Media Lab
Universit t Bremen
28334 Bremen / Germany
or via mail: dm-sekr@tzi.de   

For a paper-based application, please make sure to only send document copies as all received application material will be destroyed after the selection process.

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