PhD positions in assistive AR/VR technologies & gaze-tracking for visual impairments


Title: Fully-funded PhD positions in

Assistive AR/VR Technologies and Gaze-tracking for Visual Impairments

Location: LMU Munich, Germany

Start date: December 2018 or later


Applicants are invited to apply for two Ph.D. candidate positions, in the Human-Centered Ubiquitous Media group (LMU Munich), that will be supervised by Prof. Albrecht Schmidt, Dr. Lewis Chuang, and Dr. Tonja Machulla. The positions are fully-funded according to the German public service payscale (TV-L 13, 100%).

The interdisciplinary Human-Centered Ubiquitous Media group consists of an international team of computer scientists, engineers, neuroscientists, and psychologists. It is dedicated to developing wearable and ubiquitous technologies that mitigate human errors, augment user performance and well-being, and amplifies human cognition. Past projects include context-aware applications, AR for manual assembly tasks, physiological evaluations of human-machine interactions, and more.

LMU Munich is consistently ranked #1 among German universities and #32 world-wide by Times Higher Education (in 2018). The Institute for Informatics has a strong focus on human-computer interaction with three professors and approximately 40 research scientists in media informatics.

Your task

The successful candidate(s) will be assigned to one of two related research projects to develop:

1.     gaze tracking methods for the automatic detection of age-related vision impairments, or

2.     AR-based assistive applications for visually impaired individuals

Successful candidates will also have access to state-of-the art research facilities, including a motion tracking lab, driving simulators, a treadmill setup for unrestrained walking and cycling, as well as EEG, eye tracking, and psychophysics laboratories.

Your profile

We seek applicants with a Master’s degree in computer science, (electrical/bio-medical) engineering, cognitive science, neuroscience, psychology, or related fields. Successful candidates are expected to have programming proficiency (i.e., C#, C/C++, Java, Python) in at least one of the following topics: VR/AR development, machine learning, or computer vision—or, are capable of acquiring this in the first six months of their PhD. Additionally, candidates should be willing to perform experiments on human participants. Proficiency in English is a prerequisite, proficiency in German desired, but not required. LMU Munich is an equal opportunity employer. Given equivalent qualifications, applications by women and persons with disabilities will be preferentially considered. Part-time employment is generally possible.

Your application

Please send the following documents to Dr. Tonja Machulla ( <>): a cover letter detailing any previous research and project development experience, a CV, Bachelor/Master certificates, and 1-2 academic references. Applications are considered in order of reception until the positions are filled.

The official advertisement can be found at LMU’s job portal.

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