Friday, July 25, 2008

PhD in Representation of Geographic - Switzerland

Representation of geographic relevance in mobile applications

The Geographic Information Visualization and Analysis group at the University of Zurich invites applications for a doctoral research assistant position in Geographic Information Science/Geovisualization to work on a 3-year project.
The highly motivated, successful applicant will be asked to develop methods for representing geographic relevance, including relevance-based filtering of features in the context of mobile geoservices. The objective is to find appropriate representations and metaphors for the geographic relevance concept and design suitable tests for an evaluation of these developments.

Applicants are required to have successfully completed a Masters degree in a relevant area, e.g., Geography, Geoinformatics /Geographic Information Science, Psychology, Cognitive Science, or Computer Science. You have experience in GIS, spatial data representation and handling as well as quantitative spatio-temporal analysis methodologies. Knowledge of wayfinding, spatial cognition, and decision making would be an asset. You have good programming skills (preferably Java), you are confident in implementing the developed methods in the context of a geoservice framework. You have a proven ability to work independently on guided projects, and are interested in presenting your results orally and in publications for a larger scientific audience. You have a very good standard of written and spoken English and knowledge of German, whilst not required, would be an advantage.

The position, housed in the GIScience Center of the Geography Department, will start in September 2008, or as soon as possible thereafter.
For more background information about the department please visit us on the Web at or direct any informal enquiries about the position to the address below.

Send your application (CV, letter of motivation, transcripts, names and email contact of referees) electronically in a single PDF document to: Dr. Tumasch Reichenbacher, (subject: PhD Relevance Representation), ph: +41-44-635-5152, fax: +41-44-635-6848. We will also behappy to answer informal inquiries. Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.
Entrance upon September 2008, or as soon as possible thereafter
Duration of appointment 3 years

Dr. Tumasch Reichenbacher,
Geographic Information Visualization & Analysis, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstr. 190 CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland,ph: +41-44-635-5152, fax: +41-44-635-6848
Email (PhD Relevance representation)