Postdoc Position in STS (Germany) Deadline: Jan.31, 2019

RWTH Aachen University

Application Deadline

Jan.31, 2019

Program Commencement

April 01, 2019

Duration of the Program

3 Years

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Program Details

RWTH Aachen University is the largest technical university in Germany that sees itself as an internationally active university. All institutes and areas inside the University equally pursue and promote internationalization. The University’s efforts are shaped by the expansion of internationally recognized top quality research and teaching and the demand to ensure that students are optimally prepared for life in a global world. RWTH Aachen University exploits strong research networks and the intellectual curiosity of its staff to address bold scientific questions, transfer forefront knowledge and drive innovative discoveries that impact global challenges.

The group ‘Individual and Technology'(see Prof. Dr. Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten), part of the Department of Society, technology, and Human Factors and affiliated with the Human Technology Center (HumTec) at the University is looking for two highly motivated research assistants/associates. 

The research and teaching here focuses on media psychology, human-technology interaction, artificially intelligent systems, social robotics, and media neuroscience. The research fellow will engage in research in the project UrbANT (funded by the German Ministry of Research and Education). Within the project the consortium develops an autonomous delivery robot.

The tasks include:

  • Quasi-experimental observations studies in the field and analysis of spontaneous user/pedestrian behavior
  • Development of social interaction concepts for collision avoidance
  • Iterative testing of the interaction concepts in lab studies 
  • Testing the final prototype in field studies
  • Organization of project workshops
  • Publication of project results in competitive Journals, presentation at international conferences


The successful candidate will be employed as a public servant. This is a full-time position. It is also available as part-time employment on request. If interested in a part-time position, please indicate this in your motivation letter (to make sure: asking for a part-time contract does not diminish your chances!). The successful candidate has the opportunity to pursue a habilitation ( in this position. The salary corresponds to level EG 13 TV-L.

Eligibility/ Requirements

An eligible candidate has the following:

  • A Doctorate/PhD in psychology, computer science, HCI or cognitive science
  • A profound knowledge in one (or ideally more) of the following areas: media psychology, human-technology interaction, social robotics, artificially intelligent systems
  • A strong interest in interdisciplinary research and research questions at the intersection of (media) psychology, cognitive science and computer science
  • Experience in planning and conducting human-technology interaction studies and in statistical analysis of self-report and interaction data
  • Programming skills or are interested and willing to familiarize yourself with programming\
  • Experience with a robot platform (e.g. Nao, Pepper) is a plus, but not a requirement; also programming skills in ROS would be a plus but not a requirement.
  • Excellent English language skills

Application Process

You may direct your applications to Prof. Dr. Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten using the postal address below, or email it to

Please feel free to contact at the same address in case of questions.

Postal Adress:

Prof. Dr. Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten, Chair Individual and Technology, Human Technology Center, Theaterplatz 14, Room 228, 52062 Aachen, Germany. Tel.: +49-241-80-25521. Email:


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