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7 Research Scientist / PhD Student Positions (Human-Agent Interaction)

12.03.2020, by Tina Keil

Leibnitz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM), Germany; Application deadline: April 3rd, 2020

IWM, Tübingen
IWM, Tübingen

The Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (IWM) is doing research on knowledge acquisition, knowledge exchange, and cooperation with digital media. The institute is a member of the Leibniz Associations and is committed to international standards of excellent science.

For research projects that will start on July 1, 2020 (duration of 3 years), we are currently seeking seven highly committed Research Scientists / PhD Students (m/f/o) in conjunction with the research network “Human-Agent Interaction”.

Within seven projects coming from a social science perspective we investigate how interacting with intelligent, language-based software agents impacts human performance and human acceptance of agents. Writing your dissertation on a self-generated research question during the project running time is desired and will be explicitly supported. The dissertation projects will be mentored at IWM, but are closely cooperating with external partner institutions from the field of data science.

We are seeking for research scientists (m/f/o) from the designated research fields in the following projects. More information on the projects can be found on

Psychology, cognitive science, or related disciplines:

  • Project: “Artificial Intelligence in Science Communication: Acceptance and Comprehension of Laypeople”, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Cress,, Application No: 1005-2020
  • Project: “The influence of AI-generated speech characteristics on knowledge acquisition”, Prof. Dr. Stephan Schwan,, Application no: 1006-2020
  • Project: “NarrAItions: Co-creating narrative texts with AI support: Effect on reception and production of texts”, Prof. Dr. Peter Gerjets,, Application no: 1007-2020
  • Project: “The influence of AI-support communication on interpersonal impression formation”, Prof. Dr. Kai Sassenberg,, Application Number: 1008-2020
  • Project: “Human-Machine Communication about Texts and Pictures”, Prof. Dr. Markus Huff,, Application no: 1009-2020

Psychology, cognitive science, computational linguistics, and empirical education sciences:

  • Project: “Effects of AI-supported feedback in the context of adaptive systems for learning”, Prof. Dr. Katharina Scheiter,, Application no: 1010-2020

Psychology, cognitive science, communication science, or related disciplines:

Your Work Profile

  • Conceptualization, execution, analysis, and documentation of empirical studies
  • Presentation of research results on national and international conferences, publication and documentation of results in scientific journals
  • Participation in general tasks and activities of the institute

Our Offer

  • Integration into an innovative project and other research activities of the institute
  • A cooperative team as well as individual mentoring
  • A structured Ph.D. program and an inspiring scientfic environment
  • Salary according to the labor contract of the German Federal States (13 TV-L, 65%, gross salary p.a.: 1st year EUR 32,518, from 2nd year EUR 35,177), including social security benefits for the civil service sector

Please send your written application (including cover letter, CV, and credentials) along with the corresponding application number within a single pdf file to

Stiftung Medien in der Bildung (SbR)
Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien
Schleichstr. 6
D-72076 Tübingen

Our human resource policy endorses equal opportunities. Severely handicapped persons will be preferred for the same qualification set.