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Postgraduate Position: Junior Researcher & Teaching Assistant - Kennziffer A 172/07
Postgraduate Position: Junior Researcher & Teaching Assistant
SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition, UniversitÃ¤t Bremen
Project R1-[ImageSpace] - Mental Representations of Spatial Environments
- Under the condition of job release / reference number: A 172/07 Project Description:
Mental reasoning about spatial environments often involves specific and tasksensitive spatio-analogical or quasi-pictorial mental representations. Mental
processes dynamically construct and explore these representations to obtain desired
spatial information and they do so with restricted working memory capacities. One
goal of the project R1-[ImageSpace] is to build a cognitive architecture which
comprises the components and processes necessary to accurately model human
spatial cognition. A second focus is on how to best employ such architectures in
applications that assist humans in spatial cognition tasks (e.g., in architectural design
and spatial planning). Eye tracking and other behavioral methods are used to clarify
the theoretical basis of the modeling (such as the role of visual attention in mental
spatial reasoning). In addition, eye tracking methods are employed in the developed
application systems. More information on the project can be found at
Successful applicants will have expertise in computer science / artificial intelligence
and 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-based research and be fluent in spoken and written English.
Ideally, an applicant will also have good knowledge of / expertise in more than one of
the following areas: mental representations and processes in human spatial cognition
and visual perception; visual attention; eye movement tracking; qualitative spatial
reasoning; architectural design / design studies; human problem solving; humancomputer interaction; user interface design. Additional training will be provided on the
* Applying cognitive models to spatial reasoning assistance scenarios.
* Contributing to conceptual and computational modeling of mental and diagrammatic
reasoning about space.
* Managing a visual perception & diagrammatic reasoning lab, including eye tracking
* Teaching assistance for undergraduate and graduate courses.
* Preparing manuscripts for publication in international journals / at conferences.
The successful applicant is expected to work on obtaining a doctoral degree in the
scope of this position.
Conditions of Employment:
Salary is according to the German Federal pay scale (TV-L 13). The position is
available from April 2008 until the end of 2010. Extension is possible. Application
deadline: 1. February 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
Please address questions about the position and send your application under the
reference number (preferably by email) to:
Sven Bertel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition
P.O. Box 330 440
28334 Bremen / Germany
For a paper-based application, please make sure to only send document copies as
all received application material will be destroyed after the selection process.
Postgraduate Position: Junior Researcher & Teaching Assistant - Kennziffer A 172/07 Postgraduate Position: Junior Researcher & Teaching Assistant - Kennziffer A 172/07