Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Exzellenzcluster Matters of Activity
The Cluster »Matters of Activity. Image Space Material« aims to create a basis for a new culture of materials. The central vision of the Cluster is to rediscover the analog in the activity of images, spaces and materials in the age of the digital. Biology and technology, mind and material, nature and culture intertwine in a new way. In this context, the interdisciplinary research and development of sustainable practices and structures is a central concern in areas such as architecture and soft robotics, textiles, materials and digital filters, and surgical cutting techniques.
In six projects, more than 40 disciplines systematically investigate design strategies for active materials and structures that adapt to specific requirements and environments. The Cluster focuses on a new role of design, which is emerging in the context of growing diversity and the continuous development of materials and visualization forms in all disciplines.
Research assistant (m/f/d) with 100% regular working time in the field of computer science (DR/114/19)
– E 13 TV-L HU from 01.01.2020 limited until 31.12.2022
The Cluster of Excellence Matters of Activity invites applications for a doctoral position as part of its structured doctoral program. The doctoral program promotes disciplinary doctorates in connection with joint research in an interdisciplinary working group with a program duration of 36 months.
The project »Cutting« seeks to fill a doctoral student position to further develop the concept and application of »Virtual Dissection«. The research project will focus in particular on the investigation of the use of haptic, i.e. tangible feedback in interactive data visualizations within the augmented reality and/or virtual reality environment. The case study will be rooted in functional vertebrate morphology and will test the potential for the gain of knowledge into form-function relationships. This is to be achieved through interactive spatial data exploration and force-feedback for the differentiation of tissues in combined and cross-registered imaging datasets stemming from diverse modalities (CT, MRT, etc.). The overarching goal is the identification of general principles of feedback-informed virtual dissection approaches that could be further used in the contexts of computational medicine and evolutionary biology.
The work will benefit from an interdisciplinary team of collaborating partners within the Cluster of Excellence Matters of Activity. Image Space Material and is carried out in close cooperation with the Visual Data Analysis department at the Zuse Institute Berlin, the Human-Centered Computing research group at the FU Berlin, and the Morphology and the History of Forms laboratory at the Institute of Biology of the HU, Berlin.
A completed university degree in Computer Science, Computer visualization or Computer Graphics, e. g., with a focus on biomedical imaging and/or feedback implementation in AR/VR environments; experience with the software »Unity« or other VR engines; experiences and qualifications in imaging-based characterisation of (biological) structures, bio-materials sciences, image analysis of biological materials, modelling and simulation of biological structures (kinematics and dynamics) are desirable; strong interest in interdisciplinary research is essential and any experience in this regard is an advantage; high proficiency in spoken and written English; be highly motivated, able to work independently and as part of a team
Applicants should detail further qualifications in any discipline relevant to the research project in a motivational letter. Applicants should outline potential research to be carried out in the context of the position in an additional exposé.
How to apply:
To apply for this position, please send your application under the reference number DR/114/19 including CV (tabular form), letter of motivation, certificates and exposé to Prof. Dr. John Nyakatura, Dr. Stefan Zachow, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Cluster of Excellence Matters of Activity. Image Space Material, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin or preferably in electronic form (one PDF file) to: MoA.firstname.lastname@example.org with the reference number.
Matters of Activity’s research program can be found at www.moa.hu-berlin.de/en
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