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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] Funded PhD Positions with the Institute for Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality, University of Bremen

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Two PhD research positions
with the Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality Group
at the University of Bremen, Germany,
to be filled as soon as possible

Salary is according to the German Federal pay scale (TV-L 13, full time).

Job Description:
The work in this position will be carried out within the project “EASE –
Everyday Activity Science and Engineering” (funded by the DFG), which is to
perform fundamental research to enable robots to do human everyday
activities, such as setting a table or loading a dish washer.
One strand of research of the CGVR lab in this endeavor is sub-project R03
(“Embodied simulation-enabled reasoning”), where we are to develop
algorithms that enable robots to “envision” the outcomes of their tentative
plans by simulating the real world around them before they actually follow
through with their plan. This requires novel methods for
faster-than-realtime physically-based simulation and the development of
predicates in order to evaluate the outcomes.
In another strand, sub-project H01 (“Acquiring activity models by situating
people in virtual environments”), we will deal specifically with the
challenge of grasping. Here, the task is to develop novel methods such that
a human user can grasp virtual objects using a virtual hand with high
simulation fidelity and high dexterity. The goal is to allow humans to
interact with virtual objects just like in real live, and to study their
grasping behaviors under a large variety of scenarios and parameters.
The successful candidate is expected to work towards achieving his PhD with
this project. His tasks will also comprise a small amount of help with
teaching in the computer science program (e.g., as teaching assistant).

About us:
The position offers great opportunities for collaboration with other members
of both the computer graphics group and other groups. This job provides a
vibrant research environment where a broad range of activities related to 3D
graphics algorithms and virtual reality are being pursued (see
cgvr.cs.uni-bremen.de). Our VR lab houses a number of modern VR devices,
such as HMDs, zSpace, optical tracking, 6-DOF force feedback devices,
powerwall, etc. The successful candidate will be working with a dynamic,
friendly, and helpful team of computer graphics researchers. Our research
group is part of the school of computer science at University of Bremen. Our
university is a mid-sized university with about 20,000 students, a lot of
them from abroad, offering a broad range of fringe benefits such as sports
facilities, cultural activities, and  daycare.

Candidates should have an excellent Master’s degree in computer science, or
a related discipline such as mathematics, physics, etc. You should be
passionate about your work and highly self-motivated. Required skills are
solid experience in C++ software development, and a very good command of
English (reading/writing/speaking). Ideally, you have specialized in
real-time computer graphics or physically-based simulation, you are capable
of effectively applying mathematical methods, and you have knowledge in
GPGPU programming. In addition, the successful candidate will be highly
self-motivated, passionate about their work,  and have good ability to work
both independently as well as in a team in a multidisciplinary environment.
Speaking German is a plus, but not required.

Conditions of employment:
The position is available until mid 2021.

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. Applicants with a migration background are welcome.

How to Apply & What to Do in Case of Questions:
Applications should comprise a motivation letter, complete CV including any
achievements, degree certificates (including list of courses and grades),
names and contact details of at least two referees, and other credentials if
any (e.g., recommendation letters, publications, etc.). Please send your
application (preferably by email) to:

     Prof. Dr. Gabriel Zachmann,  zach at cs.uni-bremen.de

Application deadline: until a suitable candidate is found.
If you have any questions about the position, please do not hesitate to
address them to the above email address.

G. Zachmann
University of Bremen
Bibliothekstr. 1
28359 Bremen / Germany

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

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