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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Postgraduate Position / Junior Researcher at the SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition, University Bremen


Postgraduate Position / Junior Researcher
	SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition, Universitt Bremen
Project R1-[ImageSpace] Mental Representations of Spatial Environments
	   - under the condition of job release-

Project Description:
Mental reasoning about spatial environments often uses spatio-analogical or quasipictorial representation structures. As human working memory for spatio-analogical knowledge processing is severely restricted in capacity, mental processes dynamically construct and explore task-sensitive representations to obtain desired spatial information. One goal of the project is to build a cognitive architecture comprising all components and processes necessary to accurately model human spatial cognition. A second research strand of the project concerns how to best employ such an architecture in applications assisting humans in spatial cognition tasks (e.g., architectural design and spatial planning). More information on the project can be found at

* planning / designing and conducting experiments
* (statistical) analysis of experimental data
* help in devising cognitive models
* preparing manuscripts for publication in international journals and conferences

The successful applicant is expected to work on obtaining a doctoral degree in the scope of this position.

Required Qualification:
* an excellent master or diploma degree in psychology or a related field
* detailed knowledge of experimental methodology including, in particular, statistical analysis
* fluency in spoken and written English

Ideally the candidate should have good data handling skills, computer skills (e.g. MATLAB, SPSS, SAS, Stimulus Presentation Softwares), and knowledge about mental representations and processes involved in human spatial cognition.

As the University of Bremen intends to increase the proportion of female employees in science women are particularly encouraged to apply.
In case of equal personal aptitudes and qualification disabled persons will be given priority.

Conditions of Employment:
Salary is according to the German Federal pay scale (1/2 TV-L 13, approx.  17,000). The position is available from January 2008 until the end of 2010. Extension is possible. Application deadline: 15 November 2007 (or until a suitable candidate is found). 

Please address questions about the position and send your application (preferably by email) to:

Holger Schultheis 
SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition
Universitt Bremen
P.O. Box 330 440
28334 Bremen / Germany