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Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics (IAR)Job description
The research group “Human-Computer Interaction and Accessibility” explores digital accessibility with focus on novel and assistive technologies that can be leveraged by disabled people and thereby contribute to quality of life. From a technical perspective, the research focus lies on interactive, sensor- based and wearable systems that are closely intertwined with users' bodies. Central to the research of the group is the question how such systems can be designed in a way that supports experiential accessibility – accessibility that strives for equitable experiences, extends beyond the removal of barriers, and seeks to provide positive and enriching user experiences.
Digital technology has the potential to support mobility of disabled people in different ways. This PhD project will examine such tools through the lens of Self-Determination Theory (SDT), a theory of motivation, well-being, and psychological functioning. The goal is to leverage SDT to derive recommendations for system design, and validate them in the context of an existing project that leverages computer vision to facilitate navigation and orientation for people who are blind or have low vision. Thereby, we want to examine the potential of theory-driven development of assistive technology.
More concretely, the PhD research could entail the following aspects:
as soon as possiblePersonal qualification
Suitable candidates will have previous experience and/or an interest in the following:
Salary category EG 13, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.Contract duration
limited for four yearsApplication up to
December 31, 2022Contact person in line-management
For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Kathrin Gerling, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.Application
Please send your CV, a copy of your MSc transcripts (can be preliminary), a letter of motivation and names of two referees to: email@example.com, subject: “PhD Application Self-determined Mobility”. Please send all documents in PDF format.
vacancy number: 2310/2022
We prefer to balance the number of employees (f/m/d). Therefore, we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job.
Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.