volume: full time
restriction: three years
salary: EG 13 TV-L
beginning: 01.06.2021

At the Audiovisual Technology Group, Institute for Media Technology, Faculty for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, there is an opening for a full-time PhD candidate position, to be filled starting June. 1st 2021

Scientific Co-worker / PhD candidate for
“Communication in Augmented Reality (AR) and
robot-based Telepresence”

for a period of at first 3 years, with the possibility of extension. Remuneration corresponds to the applicable tariff for German Federal States public service (TV-L13).

Project context and researcher’s activities

 The position is part of the collaborative project CO-HUMANICS funded by the Carl Zeiss Foundation in cooperation with other scientific groups at TU Ilmenau. The project investigates how co-presence of people can be improved by using AR technologies or telepresence via assistance robots. The main target group is seniors, with the aim of enabling social participation and being together with friends and relatives even in phases of limited mobility or temporarily insurmountable spatial distance. In the project, different versions of co-presence systems will be developed and evaluated by means of a user-centric design approach. Non-seniors will also be involved in the planned developments and tests. The results will thus be valid for a broad group of users.

In this collaborative project, the PhD student addresses research questions related to human interaction with and communication via AR- and robot-based telepresence systems. The focus is on the implementation of technologies for audio-visual interaction and speech communication as well as the analysis of linguistic and non-verbal communication and interaction, in light of the enabled co-presence experience. The project results achieved by the candidate should form the basis for a doctorate at TU Ilmenau. It is expected that the candidate will take over organizational and self-administrative tasks within the usual amounts.

Your profile

  • University degree in one of the fields such as media or speech technology or corresponding engineering or natural science subjects, such as electrical engineering, information technology, computer science, neuroinformatics, computer linguistics or physics
  • expertise in one or more of the following areas: Audio/video/multimedia technology, speech processing, telecommunications / network technology, digital signal processing, statistical analysis procedures, implementation / analysis of empirical studies
  • good knowledge in at least one of the programming languages and tools: Python/C/C++/ MATLAB, Unity/Unreal, or similar
  • knowledge in areas such as pattern recognition, machine learning, conversation analysis or modelling of perception and/or cognition is a plus
  • interest in multidisciplinary research at the interface between technology and human perception
  • very good communication skills, commitment, enthusiasm, independent working style as well as initiative and team spirit
  • At least good proficiency in English, high proficiency in German (written and spoken)
Research group
The Audiovisual Technology Group of the Institute of Media Technology (IMT) is part of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.

The university stands in the fields of technology, mathematics and natural sciences, business and media for teaching and research at the highest level. She attaches particular importance to innovative teaching and interdisciplinarity. She identifies with Humboldt's ideals and pursues the vision of a cosmopolitan campus family.

Technische Universität Ilmenau is holder of the „TOTAL E-Quality“ distinction and emphasizes gender equality.

Severely disabled applicants with essentially identical professional suitability will be preferentially selected.

Technische Universität Ilmenau offers flexible working time models.


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