Now hiring!

The independent “Sign Language Synthesis and Interaction” research group hosted at DFKI’s Innovative User Interfaces Lab and funded by the Multimodal Computing and Interaction Cluster is seeking one researcher in the following areas:

  • performance capture,
  • 3D user interfaces,
  • animated Conversational agents,
  • chatbots,
  • computer animation,
  • game engine.

We are looking either for candidates to work on a selection of the above themes. The contract may start from April and run until the end of 2018. The position(s) are open until filled.

Ideal candidates will have a background in, Computer Animation and/or HCI. A broader interest in issues related to collaborative science, embodied agents, verbal and non-verbal communication, machine learning would be a plus. In any case,  candidates should have good programming skills and experience with practical system development. A thorough experience in software engineering would be desirable. They must have the ability to write excellent scientific papers and technical documents and are also expected to supervise student assistants and master thesis.

Highly valued personal qualities include creativity, open-mindedness, high motivation, initiative, team spirit, willingness to address new challenges in an unknown scientific territory, integration with the Deaf community as well as an interest to collaborate closely within a distributed, multidisciplinary, international team.

The candidates must be fluent in oral and written English, as it is the project language, and the language used in our group. Oral command of German, as the language of the surroundings, is optional, but definitely an advantage. Finally, candidates must be willing to attend the German Sign Language (DGS) courses that will be offered on a regular basis.

DFKI GmbH is located on the campus of the Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany. The university’s research groups and curricula in the fields of Visual Computing, Computational Linguistics, and Computer Science are internationally renowned. DFKI offers excellent working conditions in a well-established research lab. The position provides opportunities to collaborate in a variety of international projects.

DFKI is a member of the Multimodal Computing and Interaction Cluster, together with the Computer Science and Computational Linguistics and Phonetics departments of Saarland University, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and the newly established Max Planck Institute for Software Systems. As MMCI fellows, candidates will benefit from the outstanding research conditions as well as unique collaboration opportunities offered by the participating institutions.

Please send your electronic application (preferably in PDF format) at your earliest convenience. A meaningful application should include a cover letter, a brief summary of research interests, a statement of interest in the position(s) offered, the date of earliest availability, and contact information for two referees.

More information here:

Contact for questions: Alexis Heloir (cf. contact section)

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