Jobs: 2 Doc/PostDoc positions in Social Robotics at RWTH Aachen University, Germany

PhD candidates or PostDocs

Department of Society, Technology, and Human Factors
Human Technology Center (HumTec)
RWTH Aachen University
Aachen, Germany

Application deadline: January 31, 2019

The group “Individual and Technology” at RWTH Aachen University, Germany (Prof. Dr. Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten; is looking for two highly motivated research assistants/associates (PhD candidates or PostDocs). The group Individual and Technology is part of the Department of Society, technology, and Human Factors and affiliated with the Human Technology Center (HumTec) at RWTH Aachen University ( Our research and teaching focuses on media psychology, human-technology interaction, artificially intelligent systems, social robotics, and media neuroscience.


  • You have (or soon will obtain) an University degree (Master or equivalent) or a Doctorate/PhD for PostDocs in psychology, computer science, HCI or cognitive science
  • You have profound knowledge in one (or ideally more) of the following areas: media psychology, human-technology interaction, social robotics, artificially intelligent systems
  • You have a strong interest in interdisciplinary research and research questions at the intersection of (media) psychology, cognitive science and computer science
  • You have experience in planning and conducting human-technology interaction studies and in statistical analysis of self-report and interaction data
  • You have 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 skills

Moreover, you are responsible, motivated, and team-minded and have strong communicative skills


You 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.

Your tasks are:

  • 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.

The position is to be filled by April 1st 2019 and for 3 years.

This is a full-time position. It is also available as part-time employment per 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! We are a Diversity-oriented and Family-Friendly University and support your wish for part-time contracts).

The successful candidate has the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree or a habilitation ( in this position.

The salary corresponds to level EG 13 TV-L (You will be employed under the TV-L tariff. The appointment qualifies for the salary group EG 13 TV-L.

To give an impression: gross salary of about €3670 per month, 39:50 working hours per week, 29 days of paid vacation per year; for living costs in Aachen please check out:

RWTH Aachen University is certified as a Family-Friendly University. We particularly welcome and encourage applications from women, disabled persons and ethnic minority groups, recognizing they are underrepresented across RWTH Aachen University. The principles of fair and open competition apply and appointments will be made on merit.

Link to job description (in German language):

You may direct your applications to Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten using the postal address below or email ( Please note, however, that communication via unencrypted e-mail poses a threat to confidentiality as it is potentially vulnerable to unauthorized access by third parties.

Deadline is January 31st 2019. Consideration of applications after this deadline cannot be guaranteed.

Please feel free to contact me in case of questions!

Please feel free to forward this information to potential candidates!

Kind regards,
Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten

Chair Individual and Technology
Human Technology Center
Theaterplatz 14, Room 228
52062 Aachen, Germany
Tel.:  +49-241-80-25521


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