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Postgraduate Position/Junior Researcher

Postgraduate Position / Junior Researcher
1 full Postgraduate Position / Junior Researcher
at the Collaborative Research Center
SFB 1320 Everyday Science and Engineering,
Universität Bremen
Project H02 Mining and Explicating Instructions for Everyday Activities.
-Under the condition of job release / reference number: A187/17

Project Description:

Despite the seeming ease with which humans perform everyday activities such as, for example, (un)loading a dishwasher or setting the table, mastery of everyday activities by artificial cognitive agents has yet to be achieved. By focusing on the understanding of textual instructions, the aim of this project is to facilitate building artificial cognitive agents that master complex human-scale understanding of vaguely specified instructions. To this end project work will apply natural language processing techniques coupled with human computation applications to explicate underspecified and ambiguous texts. A particular focus of the project will be on generative game design for human computation games. Here the information mined from textual instructions serves as input to be turned into game assets with which human player can interact and consequently provide appropriate explications.

Applicants should have expertise in computer science / artificial intelligence and entertainment computing and should hold a master or diploma degree in computer science. They should be committed to interdisciplinary, team-based research and be fluent in spoken and written English.
Ideally, an applicant will also have knowledge of / interest in one or more of the following areas: semantic technologies; game engines; game programming; generative game design. Additional training and supervision of a doctoral thesis will be provided on the job.

Main Tasks:

  • Contributing to the development of human computation games within a framework for generative game design.
  • Creating interface to natural language processing tools
  • Planning and conducting exploratory studies and evaluations.
  • Preparing manuscripts for publication in international journals / at conferences.

Conditions of Employment:
Salary is according to the German Federal pay scale (TV-L 13). The position is available as soon as possible until the end of June 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.

Please address questions about the position and send your application under the reference number until October 5th, 2017 to:

Prof. Dr. Rainer Malaka
Digital Media Lab
Universität Bremen
28334 Bremen / Germany
Or via mail :

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.

Erstellt am 20.07.17 von Rebekka Rosner