[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD or Postdoctoral Position in Human-Computer Interaction and Robotics (Institute for Japanese Studies, Freie Universität Berlin)

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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD or Postdoctoral Position in Human-Computer Interaction and Robotics (Institute for Japanese Studies, Freie Universität Berlin)

Job Offers for Academic Positions at Freie Universität Berlin
Department of History and Cultural Studies
East Asian Studies – Japan
(Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften Ostasien und Vorderer
Research assistant (PhD or Postdoc)

with 65%-part-time job

limited to 3 years

Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L FU

Reference code: Japanologie/ERC/Giannoulis
Announcement page:

The Department of History and Cultural Studies at Freie Universität Berlin
in conjunction with the European Research Council invites applications for a
three-year PhD or postdoctoral scholarship in Japanese studies in the areas
of human-computer interaction and robotics. The candidate will join a
European Research Council-funded project titled, "Emotional Machines: The
Technological Transformation of Intimacy in Japan", which explores the
impacts of emerging affect-sensing technologies on social relationships as
well as on cultural and scientific knowledge of the emotions in the
affective sciences. As the project is interdisciplinary in nature, the
Department welcomes applicants from across the humanities and social
sciences (particularly from literary studies, cultural anthropology, or
science and technology studies) as well as those from the technical
sciences. An ideal candidate will have some familiarity with the Japanese
language and culture as well as basic knowledge in or a willingness to learn
programming and coding specific to affective computing and emotion modeling.
The candidate will work toward a PhD in Japanese studies in the Department
of History and Cultural Studies, and design an interdisciplinary course of
study under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Elena Giannoulis. The academic
program is fully funded for three years and comes with a monthly salary with
the German pay scale grouping E13. Opportunities exist to extend to a fourth
year of study under the same financial conditions. The student’s work should
be original but overlap with the project aims as described below.
Project Website:

Seminar of East Asian Studies/Japanology:

Job description
• Work with fellow team members toward project goals (50-60% of focus)

• Develop an original and independent research project within the project
areas and complete a doctoral thesis.

• Present at academic conferences

• Publish in peer-reviewed academic journals, both as a single author and as
part of the research team
• Work on technical aspects of the project, including the design of
websites, applications for social robots, and the coding and programming of
affect and emotion-modeling software

• Pay scale grouping E13

• Use of project equipment, including affect-sensing wearable technologies,
emotion-modeling software, and robots

• Travel support for fieldwork and domestic and international conferences
(2-3 per year).

• MA in Japanese studies or related fields (literary studies, cultural
anthropology, science and technology studies), or the technical sciences

• Ability to communicate and write proficiently in English

• Intermediate Japanese ability

• Basic knowledge in or a willingness to learn programming and coding
specific to affective computing and emotion modelling

Application Procedure
The following documents should be submitted either via regular mail or as a
single PDF to
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1. Cover letter (1-2 pages)

2. CV (including contact information for three professional references)

3. Original research proposal in the area of human-computer or human-robot
interaction (3 pages)
4. One journal or chapter-length writing sample

*Two letters of recommendation will be requested from short-listed

**Name the application file “EMTECHapp” plus your last name in capital
letters: “EMTECHappNAME"

Project Schedule and Deadlines
The deadline for applications is December 11th, 2017. Commencement is April
2018, with some flexibility based on the candidate's status.

All application quoting the reference code should be addressed to:

Freie Universität Berlin

Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften
Ostasien und Vorderer Orient

Frau Prof. Dr. Elena Giannoulis

Hittorfstr. 18

14195 Berlin (Dahlem)

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