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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

Work­ing field:

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.

Job descrip­tion:

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: with the refe­rence num­ber.

Mat­ters of Activity’s rese­arch pro­gram can be found at

HU is see­king to increase the pro­por­tion of women in rese­arch and tea­ching, and spe­ci­fi­cally encou­ra­ges qua­li­fied female scho­l­ars to apply. Severely dis­ab­led app­li­cants with equi­va­lent qua­li­fi­ca­ti­ons will be given pre­fe­ren­tial con­si­de­ra­tion. People with an immi­gra­tion back­ground are spe­ci­fi­cally encou­ra­ged to apply. Since we will not return your docu­ments, please sub­mit copies in the app­li­ca­tion only.

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