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Research Assistant (m/f/d) with expected full time, salary grade E 13 TV-L HU (third-party funding limited for 3 years, intended to be hired as of 01.10.2022)

Reference number: SClol-C4-42A


The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Faculty of Life Sciences, Institute of Psychology, invites applications for a Postdoc position for the Cluster of Excellence “Science of Intelligence”.

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 (, where researchers from a large number of analytic and synthetic disciplines - artificial intelligence, machine learning, control, robotics, computer vision, behavioral biology, psychology, educational science, neuroscience, and philosophy - join forces to create a multi-disciplinary research program across universities and research institutes in Berlin. Interdisciplinary research projects have been defined (, which combine analytic and synthetic research and which address key aspects of individual, social, and collective intelligence.


Working field

Project: Behavioral contagion in human and artificial multi-agent systems - integrating the cognitive and collective behavior perspective using VR

Postdoctoral project: Experimental investigation of behavioral contagion in VR


The postdoctoral researcher will design, program and carry out VR experiments in Unity where a virtual group is displaying complex behavioral dynamics. Furthermore, the project will require the analysis of eye tracking and motion tracking data and the application of drift diffusion models on the behavioral data. The parametrization of the data will be carried out in collaboration with the synthetic side. Furthermore, there will be a permanent interaction between the analytic and synthetic project part to develop new experimental manipulations based on hypotheses generated by modelling the interaction of artificial agents.


Responsibilities include scientific research within the project and academic services in the Cluster. All positions require participation in research colloquia, lecture series and workshops, as well as an active engagement in the Cluster's research activities.



  • completed university degree and PhD in the domain of cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience or a related field
  • Proven background in experimental psychology (preferably in the domain of social neuroscience)
  • Programming (e.g. Matlab, Python)
  • Experience with the analysis of complex data such as eye-tracking of motion-tracking data
  • Publishing experience in international peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience with VR experiments and modelling experience is desirable.


Please include a link to your GitHub profile in the application!


Application procedure:

Candidates should upload their application preferably via the portal in order to receive full consideration.

Applications should include: motivation letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts of records (for both BSc and MSc), copies of degree certificates (BSc, MSc, PhD), proof of English skills, abstracts of Bachelor-, Master- and PhD-thesis, list of publications and one selected manuscript (if applicable), two names of qualified persons who are willing to provide references, and any documents candidates feel may help us assess their competence.

Please send your application until 25.11.2021 quoting the reference number SClol-C4-42A to Technische Universität Berlin - The President – Cluster SClol, Sekr. SClol, Marchstr. 23, 10587 Berlin

HU is seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female scholars to apply. Researchers from abroad are welcome to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration. People with an immigration background are specifically encouraged to apply.


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