[Neuroscience] PhD-position: Brain-based Usability Evaluation (T-Labs TU Berlin)

Robert Schleicher via neur-sci%40net.bio.net (by robert.schleicher from tu-berlin.de)
Wed Sep 17 05:04:50 EST 2008


Deutsche Telekom Laboratories (T-Labs) is a joint scientific research institute of
Deutsche Telekom AG and Berlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin). We carry out
pioneering research into innovative information and telecommunication technologies,
addressing in particular human interaction, networking and security issues, see
www.qu.tlabs.tu-berlin.de.

The Quality and Usability Lab (Q&U Lab) of T-Labs is participating in the Bernstein
Focus: Neurotechnology project sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and
Research (BMBF) together with other research groups from Berlin. In the frame of this
project, new quality and usability evaluation methods will be developed which are based
on neurophysiological measurements. Q&U Lab will lead the sub-project "Neuro-Usability"
where various physiological signals will be integrated in usability evaluation and
prediction. This project will open possibilities for several PhD projects, one of which
will be directly connected to brain-based usability evaluation and prediction.

The applicant's tasks include setting up a corresponding test site and running
experiments with exemplary telecommunication applications that focus on video and audio
quality. The findings should be integrated in a model on human quality perception and
judgment on the one hand, whereas the empirical knowledge should lead to a novel
usability evaluation test protocol that can be a scientific contribution of the thesis,
and be transferred to standardization bodies on the other hand.

Requirements:
- PhD candidates must hold a Master Degree or equivalent
- Strong background in either experimental psychophysiology / neuroscience (EEG, EDA,
EMG, eye movements) and statistics (SPSS) or signal processing and machine learning
- Some programming experience (C, C++, Matlab)
- Good command of English

Highly desirable
- Interest in applied research and human-computer-interaction
- Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team

The position is available for 2.5 years and an optional extension for another 2.5 years,
with immediate start. The salary is according to BAT 2a (full time).
Interested candidates are asked to submit their application including a CV, copies of
the most important certificates, contact information of at least one reference person,
and a short statement describing their research interests to Irene Hube-Achter,
Irene.hube [at] telekom.de, preferentially in one pdf file. Berlin Institute of
Technology seeks to increase the percentage of female employees and par-ticularly
encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equal qualifications, female
candidates will be preferred. Handicapped candidates will be preferred in case of equal
qualifications.



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Robert Schleicher
Quality & Usability Lab
Deutsche Telekom Laboratories
TU Berlin
Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7
10587 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0)30 8353 58359
http://www.qu.tlabs.tu-berlin.de



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