PhD Student (f/m/d) Combining Human and Computer Superpowers for Interactive AR/VRIXR Data Analysis in Systems Biology

Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf
January 02, 2023
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Place of work: Görlitz

Working hours: 19,5 h/week

Deadline: 2 January 2023

Online application English / German Job-Id: 2022/232 (1584)

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PhD Student (f/m/d) Combining Human and Computer Superpowers for

Interactive AR/VRIXR Data Analysis in Systems Biology

Through cutting-edge research in the fields of ENERGY, HEALTH and MATTER, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) solves some of the pressing societal and industrial challenges of our time. Join our 1.500 employees from more than 50 nations at one of our six research sites and help us moving research to the next level!

The Center for Advanced Systems Understanding (CASUS) is a German-Polish research center for data-intensive digital systems research. CASUS was founded in 2019 in Görlitz and conducts digital interdisciplinary systems research in various fields such as earth systems research, systems biology and materials research.

The Department of Systems Biology in collaboration with the Junior Professorship for lmmersive Media at TU Dresden is looking for a PhD student (f/m/d) Combining Human and Computer Superpowers for Interactive AR/VRIXR Data Analysis in Systems Biology excited about exploring the possibilities of combining natural user interfaces (e.g. via eye tracking) with machine learning-based approaches for interactive data analysis in Systems Biology. The position will be available from 1 February 2022. The employment contract is limited to three years.

The Scope of Your Job

Recent developments in Systems Biology, such as the advent of Lightsheet Fluorescence Microscopes (LSFM) or CryoEM, have led to an unprecedented availability of large, spatiotemporal biological data, e.g. in the form of 3D/4D microscopy images or transcriptomics data. These data are often analyzed in an automated manner. However, algorithms might not always yield optimal results, which again leads to the necessity of a manual cu ration step. With the Bionic Tracking project, we have already started exploring the applicability of eye tracking-based interfaces in VR to aid 3D/4D cell tracking. In this project, we want to investigate the coupling of such interfaces with machine learning-based approaches, in order to make common tedious tasks such as cell tracking faster and more accurate.

Your tasks:
  • Design and develop natural user interfaces (e.g. via eye tracking) and couple them with machine learning algorithms
  • Conduct user studies to empirically evaluate such interfaces
  • Integrate the results into our visualization and interaction framework scenery (paper)
  • Publish your results in academic, peer-reviewed journals
  • Present your results at scientific meetings
  • Your profile:
  • Master's degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Physics or related fields
  • Knowledge of AR/VR/XR interfaces and visualization, experience with user studies is a plus
  • Excellent programming skills in languages such as Java, Kotlin, C++
  • Experience with graphics programming, such as with OpenGL, Vulkan, DirectX, Metal
  • Strong motivation to work in a collaborative environment;
  • Excellent communication skills in English and in a professional context (presentation of research results at scientific meetings, colloquial discussions, writing of manuscripts)
  • Our offer:
  • A vibrant research community in an open, diverse and international work environment

  • Scientific excellence and extensive professional networking opportunities

  • A structured PhD program with a comprehensive range of continuing education and networking opportunities - more information about the PhD program at the HZDR can be found here
  • The employment contract is limited to three years
  • Salary and social benefits in accordance with the collective agreement for the public sector (TVöD-Bund) including 30 days of paid holiday leave, company pension scheme (VBL)
  • We support a good work-life balance with the possibility of part-time employment and flexible working hours
  • Numerous company health management offerings
  • Kindly submit your completed application (including cover letter, CV, diplomas/transcripts, etc.) only via our Online-application-system.

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