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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Open Position - Ph. D. Student or Post-Doc in Spatial Cognition and Computation, University Bremen

	Subject: 	Open Position - Ph. D. Student or Post-Doc in Spatial Cognition and  Computation
	Date: 	12 March 2008 10:29:02 GMT


Ph.D. Student or Post-Doc in Spatial Cognition and Computation 
(Research & Teaching Assistant) 

at the Transregional Collaborative Research Center 
SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition, Universitt Bremen

Project R1-[ImageSpace] - "Mental Representations of Spatial Environments"

- Under the condition of job release / reference number: A 172/07 -

- Project Description: -
Mental processing of spatial information often involves the dynamic construction and maintenance of mental representations which are specific, task-sensitive and analogous to space in very particular ways. R1-[ImageSpace] is an ongoing research project whose first goal is to build a cognitive architecture which comprises the components and processes necessary to accurately model human spatial cognition. We believe that much can be learned from such computational models about the workings of human cognition, for a better directing of empirical research in human cognition, and about computational problem solving and reasoning strategies as such. The second focus of the project is on how to best generate assistance to humans in spatial cognition tasks (such as in architectural design or spatial planning scenarios) based on hypotheses derived from our cognitive models. Eye tracking and other behavioral methods are used to clarify the theoretical basis of modeling (e.g. regarding the role of visual attention in mental spatial reasoning). In addition, eye tracking methods are employed in the developed spatial reasoning applications. 

The project's set-up is interdisciplinary, both directed at basic and applied research, and the employed methods and techniques originate from informatics / computer science and the cognitive sciences, among other fields. More information can be found at

- Qualifications: -
Successful applicants will have expertise in both computer science and artificial intelligence / cognitive science and will hold an excellent master or diploma degree in computer science, cognitive science, or a related field. They will be committed to interdisciplinary, team-oriented research and have good knowledge of spoken and written English.

Ideally, an applicant will also have knowledge of _one_or_more_ of the following areas: mental representations and processes in human (spatial) cognition and (visual) perception; (visual) attention; eye movement tracking; architectural design or design studies; diagrammatic reasoning; human-computer interaction. 
Additional training will be provided on the job.

- Ph.D. Work / Higher Qualification Work -
The successful applicant is expected to work on obtaining a doctoral degree or a higher qualification in the scope of this position.

- Work Profile - (in collaboration with other project members):
* Contributing to conceptual and computational modeling of spatial cognition,
* Applying cognitive models for spatial reasoning assistance,
* Co-supervision of a visual perception & diagrammatic reasoning lab (including eye tracking facilities).
* Teaching assistance for undergraduate and graduate courses in computer science and AI/spatial cognition.
* Preparing manuscripts for publication in international journals / at conferences.

- Conditions of Employment: -
The salary is according to the German Federal pay scale (TV-L 13, approx. EUR 34,000 p.a.). The position is available until the end of 2010. Extension is possible. Application deadline: 5 April 2008 (or until a suitable candidate is found). 

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.

- How to Apply & What to Do in Case of Questions: -
Please address questions about the position and send your complete application (preferably by email) to:

Sven Bertel 

SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition
Universitt Bremen
Enrique-Schmidt-Str. 5
28359 Bremen

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