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Convocatoria a becas doctorales y post-doctorales del Center of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) de Alemania

Fecha límite: 31 de marzo de 2014

CITEC's goal are technical systems that are capable of cognitive interaction: this means the ability to interact with humans in situations and assist them for tasks that require some cognitive understanding of the context. Moreover those systems need to integrate abilities such as shared attention, perception-guided planning and control of actions, situated communication and learning. Given that the most advanced integration of such capabilities is seen in living systems, CITEC connects research groups in computer science and robotics with researchers and groups from biology, linguistics, mathematics, physics, psychology and sport science. Individual groups cooperate in a highly interdisciplinary research institute established through the German Excellence initiative and funded since 2007.

Up to 16 research grants (3 years duration, tax free research fellowship) for highly qualified students aiming to obtain a Ph.D. in one of the above fields and thematic areas are offered by the Graduate School Cognitive Interaction Technology. The Graduate School is embedded within CITEC, offering a structured study program (Intelligent Systems) and providing access to premier lab and research facilities. Grants are also available as shorter Postdoctoral research positions (2 years work contract or tax free research fellowship) for suitably qualified candidates.

Eligible candidates must hold an excellent academic degree (MSc/Diploma/PhD) in one of the disciplines listed above (or related). Applications should include: (1) a cover letter indicating motivation and research interests, (2) a CV including list of publications, (3) all relevant certificates of academic qualification, and (4) contact details of two referees. In addition (5), a short outline (2-3 pages) of a research project relevant to CITEC's research objectives including a corresponding abstract. While we strongly advise PhD candidates to contact a prospective supervisor among the CITEC group head's 
( in order to jointly identify a suitable topic for the PhD project outline in advance of the application (e.g., to clarify availability of special equipment), this step is optional for postdoc researchers who may directly submit the outline (not longer than 5 pages) of their intended research project.

Research grants will be given for the duration of three years for PhD students and two years for Postdoctoral applicants. Bielefeld University is an equal opportunity employer. 

Please address your application to Prof. Dr. Thomas Schack, Head of Graduate School, and use the online form for your application:

Please submit your documents not later than March 31, 2014. Start of work can be from July to November 2014.

Please direct any queries relating to your application to CITEC Graduate School,, or phone +49-(0)521-106-6567.

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