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[AUDITORY] PhD position in Machine Learning in Cognitive Science

Dear colleagues,

I have a job opening for a PhD student at the University of Potsdam.
Please find the details below. A PDF version is available at

Could you please also forward it to anyone who might be interested?

Sebastian Stober


The newly established Machine Learning in Cognitive Science research
group within the Research Focus Cognitive Science at the University of
Potsdam, Germany, is seeking to fill the following position preferably
starting May 15th 2016:

Academic Staff Member (m/f)
PhD Research Position (Research Associate)
Requisition No.: 105/2016

The position is for 30 hours of work per week (75 %). The salary is
determined by the collective bargaining agreement for public employees
in Germany (TV-L 13 Ost). This is a temporary position limited to a term
of 3 years with the intention of a further extension in accordance with
Section 2 Para 1 of the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law (WissZeitVG).

The position will be embedded into the Research Focus Cognitive Sciences
which is one of four interdisciplinary focus areas of the University of
Potsdam and widely recognized as one of the leading cognitive science
institutes in Germany. Within this highly interdisciplinary setting,
cognitive scientists, psychologists, mathematicians, computer scientists
linguists, and sport/movement scientists work together using a wide
array of experimental techniques, such as EEG, TMS, NIRS, eye tracking,
motion capture, and gait analysis.

The Machine Learning in Cognitive Science group is dedicated to
improving the cognitive abilities of machines and reducing the friction
in human-computer interaction. We develop novel signal processing and
deep learning algorithms for the analysis of sensory data and
investigate new approaches for interacting with machines such as through
EEG or eye tracking.

We are looking for a highly motivated, creative, interdisciplinary
researcher with a strong background in (deep) machine learning/pattern
recognition or computational/artificial intelligence. A high proficiency
in scientific programming (preferably Python) is required as well as a
Master's degree in a related discipline. The everyday working language
may be either English or German, though good written and oral
communication skills in English are essential. An ideal candidate will
also have some experience in temporal signal processing (such as
music/audio or sensory data) and good analytical/mathematical skills.
Additional knowledge within the application domain of the cognitive
sciences is a plus.

The university is located in the historical city of Potsdam, and its
Golm campus, where Cognitive Science is based, is reachable by a direct
and fast train connection from Berlin, a vibrant and international city
that offers an unbeatable quality of life. Notice that the University of
Potsdam does not charge tuition fees for PhD students beyond a nominal
registration fee. We encourage PhD students to also join the Potsdam
Graduate School for further education opportunities in different
academic and non-academic fields, as well as the possibility for
national and international networking.

At least one-third of working hours are available for one’s own in-depth
scientific work. The University strives for a balanced gender ratio in
all occupational groups. Handicapped applicants will be given preference
in case of equal suitability. People with an immigration background are
specifically encouraged to apply.

Please send your application with the requisition number 105/2016
including a letter of motivation with an outline of your research
interests, transcript of grades, copies of certificates, and a CV by
email (single PDF file preferred, max. 2 MB) to
sebastian.stober@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx by March 31st, 2016. If necessary, you
can also mail it to University of Potsdam, Research Focus Cognitive
Sciences, Dr. Sebastian Stober, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 24-25, 14476
Potsdam. In this case, we request that you include a self-addressed
stamped envelope so we can return your application documents.

PDF version:

Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Stober
Research Focus Cognitive Sciences
Machine Learning in Cognitive Science Lab
University of Potsdam
Karl - Liebknecht Str. 24/25, House 14, Room 3.10
D-14476 Potsdam - Golm
phone: +49 331 977-5513
email: sstober@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
www: http://www.ling.uni-potsdam.de/mlcog/