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Research Scientist

The Faculty of Natural Sciences at the Technische Universität Chemnitz, is offering a full-time position (contingent on funding availability) at the earliest possible opportunity for a

(Computer Science, Sensory Analysis, Cognitive Science or a Similar Degree)
(100%, E 13 TV-L)

for a fixed term of 1.5 years with the possibility for extension.

Work environment:

The Center for Sensing and Cognition combines research expertise in the area of humans and technology across disciplinary boundaries. The advertised position is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation within the project “See it, hear it, feel it: Human exploration of nanomechanical surface properties”. The project aims at developing an interactive multisensory display that makes nanomechanical surface properties accessible to the human senses of vision, hearing, and touch. The key idea is to use human sensory and cognitive processes to better explore the nanometer-scale data than is possible with conventional data analysis approaches. The involved labs, led by Prof. Robert Magerle (Chemical Physics) and Prof.  Alexandra Bendixen (Structure and Function of Cognitive Systems), offer an interdisciplinary work environment at the intersection of experimental physics and cognitive sciences, with state-of-the-art equipment (atomic force microscopy, devices for haptic, acoustic, and visual display, sound-attenuated measurement rooms, and ample computational resources). A detailed description of the project is available at https://www.tu-chemnitz.de/physik/CHEMPHYS/MultisensoryDisplay.php.en. We offer the opportunity for you to shape this fundamentally new project with your ideas and solutions.


The primary task is to perform research and development in the area of interactive multisensory displays (combination of haptic interface, sonification, and 3D visualization). This comprises the following activities:

  • developing software for interactive multisensory displays: conceiving theoretically and empirically driven design principles and implementing them in computational terms
  • designing, implementing, and analyzing empirical studies for testing the suitability of specific multisensory-display properties
  • supervising students during programming tasks as well as during their empirical studies within the framework of the project
  • publishing the research results in scientific journals

Your research results will allow you to publish scientific journal articles, thereby improving your qualifications and promoting your further scientific development.

Employment requirements:

  • above-average academic university degree in computer science, sensory analysis, cognitive science, or a related discipline
  • documented research or development experience in at least one of the following fields:
  • virtual reality, 3D visualization, haptic interfaces, and sonification
  • experience in hardware synchronization and real-time computing is preferred
  • sound programming skills in C++
  • skills in script languages (Python, MATLAB) are preferred
  • basic knowledge in GUI development, usability, or a related area
  • good command of written and spoken English
  • knowledge of German is preferred
  • interdisciplinary thinking, creativity, and an interest in interdisciplinary collaboration
  • commitment, reliability, and the ability to perform research both in a team and independently
  • motivation to collaborate with students within the framework of the project
  • experience in the design, implementation, and statistical analysis of empirical investigations is preferred.

The application documents must include a complete CV, a list of publications, a letter stating the applicant’s motivation to apply for the specific position, and copies of transcripts and all academic certificates. The application documents should be sent as single PDF file to nanosense@tu-chemnitz.de no later than January 31, 2018. The subject line must include the keyword NANOSENSE2018.

For further information, please contact Prof. Robert Magerle (Tel. +49-371-531-38033, https://www.tu-chemnitz.de/physik/CHEMPHYS) or Prof. Alexandra Bendixen (Tel. +49-371-531-31681, https://www.tu-chemnitz.de/physik/SFKS).


Selection will be based on aptitude, qualification, and professional performance. Chemnitz University of Technology aims to particularly support women and therefore explicitly asks for applications from qualified female candidates. Severely disabled persons or those with an equivalent status will be considered preferentially in accordance with SGB IX. The workplace is suitable for part-time work. In the case of corresponding applications, the possibility of part-time work within the scope of the employment will be examined upon request of the applicant. The fixed-term position for 18 months follows the Act of Temporary Employment in Higher Education (WissZeitVG) and the Saxon Law on Universities (SächsHSFG). Applicants must fulfill the preconditions of employment according to §71 SächsHSFG and must possess an academic university degree that allows access to the corresponding qualification level. Do not send original documents, since applications will not be sent back but discarded according to data handling regulations. Please note that for security reasons, electronic applications or attachments provided for download via hyperlinks to third-party sites cannot be considered.