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Job offer: 11 PhD and 12 Postdoc positions in Cluster of Excellence „Science of Intelligence“ (Berlin)

The Science of Intelligence Berlin – Cluster of Excellence calls for applications for 11 PhD and 12 Postdoc positions concerned with cross-disciplinary research in artificial intelligence, machine learning, control, robotics, computer vision, behavioral biology, cognitive science, psychology, educational science, neuroscience, and philosophy.

Starting dates: Summer / Fall 2019
Duration: 3 years
Salary level: TV-L 13, 100%

What are the principles of intelligence, shared by all forms of intelligence, no matter whether artificial or biological, whether robot, computer program, human, or animal? And how can we apply these principles to create intelligent technology? Answering these questions – in an ethically responsible way – is the central scientific objective of the new Cluster of Excellence Science of Intelligence (www.scioi.de).

Researchers from a large number of analytic and synthetic disciplines – artificial intelligence, machine learning, control, robotics, computer vision, behavioral biology, cognitive science, psychology, educational science, neuroscience, and philosophy – join forces to create a multi-disciplinary research program across universities and research institutes in Berlin. Our approach is driven by the insight, that any method, concept, and theory must demonstrate its merits by contributing to the intelligent behavior of a synthetic artifact, such as a robot or a computer program. These artifacts represent the shared “language” across disciplines, enabling the validation, combination, transfer, and extension of research results. Thus we expect to attain cohesion among disciplines, which currently produce their own theories and empirical findings about aspects of intelligence.

Interdisciplinary research projects have been defined which combine analytic and synthetic research and which address key aspects of individual, social, and collective intelligence. In addition the Science of Intelligence graduate program promotes the cross-disciplinary education of young scientists on a Master, PhD, and postdoctoral level. All PhD students associated with the cluster are expected to join the Science of Intelligence doctoral program (www.scioi.de/education/doctoral-program).

The cluster welcomes applications from all disciplines that contribute to intelligence research. Applications shall be uploaded through the application portal (www.scioi.de/call-for-applications/application-process), where details of the individual research projects (www.scioi.de/call-for-applications/open-positions) are also available. Please submit your applications by 15 February 2019 in order to receive full consideration. Applicants wishing to apply for several projects need to upload separate applications for each project.

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