Open Research Position

Early Career Researcher
Posted 12 months ago

Doctoral Researcher in Multiphysics Simulation / Electronics (m, f, d)
(Salary grade E 13 TV-L, 100%)

Chemnitz University of Technology invites applications for a doctoral position in the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC 1410) Hybrid Societies – Humans Interacting with Embodied Technologies. Employment is offered until December 31st, 2023 starting March 1st, 2020.

Research Environment and Tasks: Research in the CRC 1410 Hybrid Societies pertains to the interaction with Embodied Digital Technologies (EDTs) as artificial bodies moving in real or virtual environments ( Interdisciplinary research in the CRC is guided by two leading questions to ultimately ensure smooth and efficient encounters between humans and embodied technologies in hybrid societies: What is required so that humans can coordinate with EDTs as smoothly as with conspecifics? How to design EDTs to meet these requirements? Cooperating researchers from psychology, engineering, computer science, human movement science, linguistics and gesture studies, sociology, law studies, physics, and mathematics scientifically inquire the interaction of humans with EDTs from the level of single actions up to the attribution of intentionality.

Project description: The aim of the project Customized Body-attached Sensor Network (BASN) for Real-Time Motion Sensory Information is to create fundamental knowledge on methodologies, simulation models, and measurement tools for capturing human gestures. Analysis and assessment of existing body-attached-sensing principles for gesture recognition should reveal principles for deriving virtual representations. This is the basis for multiphysics modeling of sensing principles for gesture recognition on a virtual human body for optimizing number, kind, and location of sensors to achieve the desired level of performance of the sensor network. A further task is investigating an optimized hardware design for miniaturized sensor nodes of biomimetic BASNs. A vital part of the project is the derivation of validation methods for the performance of the gesture identification.

The successful applicant will be responsible for the implementation of experiments, data analysis, the virtual model to simulate and evaluate BASNs for gesture recognition, design of sensor nodes, and communication of the research outcome.

Researchers in the CRC Hybrid Societies contribute to the CRC’s joint research activities and actively participate, for instance, in research colloquia, lecture series, and workshops. The doctoral position includes the enrollment in the CRC’s doctoral program.

•University degree (Master/Diploma) in Mechanics, Electronics, Physics, Information Technology or similar background
•Expertise in Multiphysics/ Multibody Simulation and strong knowledge in programming
•Skills in designing electronic hardware is a plus
•Experience and strong motivation for contributing to science in an interdisciplinary environment
•Fluent in English (both written and spoken)

Application procedure:

Applicants should send their complete application documents including a motivation letter (1 page) with a brief description of personal qualifications and research interests, a tabular curriculum vitae, copies of degree certificates and academic transcripts, a publication list if applicable, and abstracts of Bachelor- and Master-/diploma theses (1-2 pages) preferably as a single pdf-file via email (stating: “CRC1410_A03_speq”) to The closing date for applications is February 12th, 2020. Please, do not include links in electronic applications. Please, send copies only. Original documents will not be returned.

Chemnitz University of Technology
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Professorship of Sports Equipment and Technology
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Odenwald
09107 Chemnitz

Chemnitz University of Technology is committed to ensuring an environment that provides equal opportunities and promotes diversity. To increase the number of women working in science and teaching, applications by women with the required qualifications are explicitly desired. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. They will be given preference if equally qualified.

Employment will be governed by the provisions of the German law on fixed-term contracts in academia (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz).