Wednesday, January 23, 2008

PhD in Spatial Cognition, University Bremen Germany

Postgraduate Position: Junior Researcher & Teaching Assistant
SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition, Universität 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
task-sensitive 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; human-computer interaction; user
interface design. Additional training will be provided on the job.

Work profile:
* 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 facilities.
* Teaching assistance for undergraduate and graduate courses.
* Preparing manuscripts for publication in international journals / at

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

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.

Please address questions about the position and send your application under
the reference number (preferably by email) to:

Sven Bertel
SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition
Universität Bremen
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


bertel (at) informatik (dot) uni-bremen (dot) de