Call for Applications! PhD Position in Computer Science and more

At TU Dresden, Faculty of Computer Science, Institute of Artificial Intelligence, Chair of Computational Logic offers a position as

Research Associate / PhD Student

within the Collaborative Research Center CRC/TR 248 „Foundations of Perspicuous Software Systems“ starting on 1st March 2019. The position is fixed-term to 31st December 2022. The period of employment is governed by the Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG). The position aims at obtaining further academic qualification (e.g. Ph.D.). Balancing family and career is an important issue. The post is basically suitable for candidates seeking part-time employment. A part-time employment of 50% of the fulltime weekly hours is possible.

The Computer Science CRC/Transregio 248 lays the scientific foundations for the cyber-physical systems of the future, enabling them to explain their functionality and behaviour (so-called Perspicuous Systems). We are researching a foundational and applicable theory of explanations for all facets of system behaviour, as well as visual and verbal elucidation methods for diverse user groups. More information can be found at

As a member of the Chair of Computational Logic you will be part of a successful team of experienced researchers of many nationalities and backgrounds. You will work in the vibrant scientific environment of the CRC and TU Dresden, one of the leading German research universities. Dresden is a highly livable city with a rich cultural life and beautiful nature.

As a member of the project teams in sub-projects C2 and E3 of the Collaborative Research Center, you will be researching new methods in the area of Abstract Argumentation and Non-Monotonic Reasoning. You will be working on one or several of the following tasks: Argumentation for composition and compatibility; Argumentation dynamics; Development of a dialectical semantics to justify conclusions; Prototypical implementation and empirical evaluation. The position is focussed on foundational research. Publication and presentation of research results at international venues is an important part of the work.

Applications from women are particularly welcome. The same applies to people with disabilities.

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The Study in Europe Project

The European Commission and EU Delegration offices organize the Study in Europe Project and European Higher Education Fairs on a global scale.

“At all fairs, you can meet European universities and higher education representatives face-to-face, for personal advice about:

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral studies
  • Funding and scholarships
  • Living and studying in Europe

Anyone who is interested in learning more about studying in Europe can attend… and it is free-of-charge for visitors. The latest details can be found on the Study in Europe fairs website.”

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The DAAD PhD-Database: More than 140 positions in Germany

The platform of the German Academic Exchange Service offers a comprehensive summary of offered scholarships which will very likely help you find something that works for you. 

“Germany’s research infrastructure is internationally celebrated. Diverse disciplines, leading edge facilities and expert staff are all here – ready for you to begin your career and fulfil your potential. Read on to find out how you can start your research career in Germany.”

Germany has a reputation for offering outstanding research opportunities. In an effort to connect academic minds, internationalization is also supported. That’s why Germany frequently opens positions for PhD scholarships on an international basis. 85,000 people chose Germany in 2014 to pursue their academic research or to become part of a doctoral research team.

Check out this database of more than 140 scholarships for PhD-students, most of them in the STEM realm:

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Call for Applications: PhD Research Associate in Neuroscience

At TU Dresden, Faculty of Psychology, Institute of General Psychology, Biopsychology and Methods of Psychology, Chair of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience (CCN, Prof. Dr. Katharina von Kriegstein) invites, subject to resources being available, applications for a Research Associate.

(Subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)
The position is available at the next possible date and entails 50 % of the fulltime weekly hours. The position is initially limited until 31.12.2020. A contract extension for a fourth year is possible. The period of employment is governed by the Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG). The position offers the chance to obtain further academic qualification.

The position is part of the ERC-consolidator grant SENSOCOM. The aim of the SENSOCOM project is to investigate the role of auditory and visual subcortical sensory structures in analysing human communication signals and to specify how their dysfunction contributes to human communication disorders such as developmental dyslexia. For examples of our work on these topics see von Kriegstein et al., 2008 Current Biology, Diaz et al., 2012 PNAS; Müller-Axt et al., 2017 Current Biology. The projects include experiments using cognitive neuroscience methods to understand the basic mechanisms of cortico-subcortical interactions as well as development of training programmes that are aimed at creating intervention programmes for communication deficits (for a brief description see

Research is performed at the Neuroimaging Centre at the TU Dresden ( The centre offers cutting-edge infrastructure with 3-Tesla MRI, MRI compatible headphones and eye-tracking, several EEG systems, a neurostimulation unit including neuronavigation, TMS and tDCS devices. Besides an excellent infrastructure, the centre offers an international and friendly environment with researchers from diverse backgrounds. All experimental facilities are supported by experienced staff. For analyses with high computational demands, there is access to high-performance computing clusters.

The successful applicant has to develop, perform, and analyse cognitive neuroscience experiments within the SENSOCOM project and to publish the results in peer-reviewed publications.
PhD students will have the opportunity to participate in the TU Dresden graduate academy ( TU Dresden is one of eleven German Universities of Excellence and offers an interdisciplinary scientific environment.

Contact for informal enquiries regarding the post: Prof. Dr. Katharina von Kriegstein (

Applications from women are particularly welcome. The same applies to people with disabilities.

To apply, please include all documents in one PDF-file in the following order: CV, contact information of two references, a brief statement describing your personal qualifications and future research interests, academic transcripts. Applications with the subject heading “ERC 02/18” should be sent until 01.11.2018 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail service applies) preferably via the TU Dresden SecureMail Portal by sending it as a single pdf document to or via post to TU Dresden, Fakultät Psychologie, Institut für Allgemeine Psychologie, Biopsychologie und Methoden der Psychologie, Professur für Kognitive und Klinische Neurowissenschaft, Frau Prof. Dr. Katharina von Kriegstein, Helmholtzstr. 10, 01069 Dresden. Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Expenses incurred in attending interviews cannot be reimbursed.

The candidate must have a university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in neuroscience, psychology or a related field, a strong interest in perceptual aspects of human communication, particularly auditory speech perception, prior experience with at least one method of cognitive neuroscience, such as (auditory) psychophysics, functional or structural MRI, TMS, diffusion-weighted imaging, brainstem recordings or EEG/MEG. Experience with clinical populations (e.g. developmental dyslexia) and/or computational modelling would be an asset but is not essential.

Working Language:

Language of Dissertation:

Required Documents:
Reports, certificates
Letter of Motivation
Others : contact information of two references


HOPES – Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians

The European Union’s own Madad Fund is funding the DAAD project HOPES: Higher and Further Education Opportunities and Perspectives for Syrians. It is set up to support Syrian refugees by allowing special access to higher education. The Madad Fund is a regional trust fund which was established as a direct response to the Syrian crisis supports a range of projects which include the integration of refugees as well as post-war reconstruction, offering up to 600 academic and 4,000 language scholarships. Local projects are supported as well.

“Refugees wishing to study differ tremendously with regard to the knowledge and competences they possess. Apart from awarding scholarships, an important element of the project is therefore the provision of counselling on academic studies and the available scholarships (including from other sources). English language courses in preparation for academic studies are furthermore offered and short-term measures are supported.” (DAAD Aktuell)

Led by Dr. Carsten Walbiner, the project is interested in engaging in the discourse related to a future for Syria as well, a “partially destroyed” and “internally torn country”, which needs to be rebuilt by exactly those young minds the project seeks to support. Because many highly qualified academics have left the country, it is missing adequate substitutions. Doctorate students as well as Master students are then put in a position of sustaining the system and left to neglect their own academic path. A lack of access to literature and other resources only worsens the situation.

In order to help rebuild and ease the fear of a future which holds the possibility for a collapsed academic education system, the HOPES project seeks to support academics in keeping on track with their studies while offering support in light of the difficult and traumatizing situation.

The program is supported not only by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) but also by the British Council, Campus Frnce and EP-NUFFIC.

“Each of the four institutions is responsible for one field of activity. The DAAD (project coordinator) maintains the central project office in Amman and is mainly responsible for the award of scholarships and counselling of prospective students. The DAAD cooperates closely with the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and other national and international scholarship providers. As the leader of the consortium, the DAAD is furthermore responsible for financial management of the project and reporting to the European Union. With offices in Egypt and Northern Iraq, the British Council takes care of the English language courses. Campus France has an office in Lebanon and is responsible for communication as well as organisation of a stakeholder dialogue on a national and regional level. Via an office in Ankara, EP-NUFFIC organises the support of smaller projects in the five countries in which HOPES operates.”

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International Higher Education on the Rise: Results of the German Study “Wissenschaft Weltoffen 2018”

German universities continue to be attractive to international students and researchers. This is shown in the report “Wissenschaft Weltoffen 2018”, which was presented by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) together with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Center for Higher Education and Science Research (DZHW).

Targets for foreign student numbers exceeded

The number of foreign students enrolled increased further from 340,000 to 359,000 last year. This already exceeded the target set by the federal and state governments in 2013 for reaching 350,000 foreign students in Germany by 2020. The proportion of foreign students is thus just under 13% (12.8%).

Above all, engineering subjects remain with international students. 

The number of Bildungsauslaender students enrolled in a MINT subject is 47.5% and has risen slightly compared to the previous year. However, this high number is due to the many international engineering students (37.0%). The remaining MIN subjects study only 10.5% of international students.

Drop-out rate further increased

However, the high drop-out rate among international students to universities is still a problematic issue. 45 percent of foreign Bachelor students and 29 percent of Master students drop out of their studies prematurely. By contrast, German students have a drop-out rate of 28 percent in the bachelor’s degree and 19 percent in the master’s degree. Especially the high value of undergraduate students, which has risen again by 3% compared to the last survey, is alarming. Increasing student success has recently been elevated to one of the central university policy tasks. However, as the current data refer to the cohorts of 2012/2013, they can only serve to a limited extent as an indicator of the success of the universities’ efforts in recent years.

More and more international scientists

The number of international scientists working at German universities and research institutions is also steadily increasing: Since 2007, the number of foreign academic staff at German universities has risen by 84%, to 11%.
At 20%, the proportion of non-university research institutions is significantly higher and the development even more dynamic. Compared to last year’s survey alone, this was an increase of 12%.

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Webinar: Integration of refugees on your campus (free)

How to ensure effective integration of refugees on your campus

The European Association for International Education offers a free downloadable Webinar on effective integration of refugees on campus.


Nearly 1.3 million people sought asylum in Europe in 2015 and the flow of refugees shows no signs of slowing. This webinar addresses the practical challenges – and benefits – of integrating the ever-increasing numbers of refugee students into European higher education communities. Through a discussion of institutional best practices and frameworks, existing refugee support programmes and the roles of key stakeholders, you’ll get the knowledge and tools you need to plan and provide for the integration of refugees at your institution. You’ll also explore how effectively incorporating refugee students is essential to their long-term success, fosters truly global learning environments and creates tremendous value for institutions and societies.

  • Avoid common pitfalls in hosting and integrating refugees
  • Identify cost-effective solutions for mentoring, language training and career support
  • Understand the connection between integration and developing career perspectives
  • Further internationalisation at home by effectively integrating refugees on your campus


The webinar presents an ideal opportunity for academic and administrative staff, university leadership and any stakeholders working with universities on issues related to refugees and other vulnerable migrants to learn about practical solutions to refugee integration and support on university campuses, particularly in light of the current crisis facing Europe.

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ERASMUS+ and New Global Possibilities

A model for the post-Brexit participation of the United Kingdom in European higher education is offered in the European Commission’s new proposal for the Erasmus+ initiative, with its surprise opening to the world. The proposal also doubles the budget for the 2021-27 Erasmus+ and trebles learning and mobility opportunities to 12 million people.

The Commission calls for the future Erasmus+ to be open to third countries. The European University Association or EUA said this was a “proactive response” that would open the door for participation of the UK after Brexit – perhaps even provide a way forward for UK participation in other areas of European higher education and research.

It could also, said EUA Senior Policy Coordinator Thomas Jørgensen, “be an interesting option for closer cooperation between universities all over the world” and provide opportunities for further higher education internationalisation.

Opening to the world

Forging mobility and cooperation with third countries was a “bit of a surprise” but a welcome one, Jørgensen told University World News. The EUA reads this new aim as a starting point for more global cooperation, with a primary rationale being enabling UK participation.

Erasmus has been open for association by other countries in the current round – but only for countries that are very close to Europe, such as Macedonia and Turkey – and there is now the potential for non-EU countries to have a much closer relationship with the Erasmus+.

Some countries might want to associate because of the good brand of Erasmus+ and European higher education in general, although Jørgensen stressed that Erasmus+ would not be a free-for-all – that both sides would have to agree, that participating in Erasmus+ could be expensive, and that the EU did not have to take in all countries. Still, it would be interesting to see whether the legal possibility would be translated into a political possibility.

“Britain is in some ways first in line because everybody would like to see British association to the programme. This is definitely a new rule that allows Britain to enter,” Jørgensen said.

“But we don’t know how that is going to be implemented. We don’t know if other countries are really interested or willing to pay the kind of money needed, and we don’t know what the political interest of the EU is or how many countries it would like to see associated.”

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Linking Internationalization and Digitalization in Higher Education

Digitalisation opens up new opportunities for international study – even where no change of location is necessary, as it facilitates cooperation between higher education institutions. That is why it is essential to think of digitalisation and internationalisation as inextricably linked, says Dorothea Rüland of the DAAD.

Digitalisation is one of the most frequently discussed topics this year in Germany’s education sector. Quite rightly, it also plays a key role in the internationalisation of higher education institutions. It removes the restrictions of time and space; partnership working can be simplified considerably, especially when it comes to intercontinental cooperation.

Internationalisation has continued at a rapid pace at German higher education institutions over recent years. Initially focused on international mobility, it now extends to all areas of a higher education institution, from teaching and research to administration – a cross-cutting theme in the truest sense. As with internationalisation, digitalisation enables new areas of activity to be tapped into at all levels of the higher education institution. This can be seen clearly in the three fields of marketing, studying and international cooperation.

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Call for Applications: Ph.D. position in the field ‘Membrane Technologies’

KIT is one of the biggest research institutions worldwide and has access to state-of-the art research facilities within the National Research Centre of the Helmholtz Association and the former Technical University. The IFG-Membrane Technology Department was established in March 2014. As a PhD Candidate you will be responsible to work on a research project in the research group of membrane retention and fouling mechanisms applied to water treatment. As part of this project micropollutant specific retention and polymer interaction mechanisms will be investigated in the context of endocrine disrupting chemicals.

This entails the identification of a set of research questions based on detailed literature survey and discussion of research needs with colleagues. Development of a research plan and
timetable for the 1+3 year research project, set-up of required equipment and development of relevant analytical methods. Execution of the research plan through conducting of experiments,
sample and data analysis and write up of results for scientific publications are part of the PhD process – a journey to become an independent researcher.

In addition, cooperation with internal and external partners, bachelor and master student supervision, oral presentations and contribution to teaching within the faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering are part of the candidate responsibilities. Travel and research funding is sought from national and international funding bodies. The position is not defined by a particular project and hence provides the opportunity for the candidate to develop a project of personal
interest (obviously in agreement with the supervisor(s)).

Applications are open and candidates will be considered continuously until the position is filled.
Additional candidates with outstanding proposals and scholarship funding may be recruited on a case by case basis.

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Global Media Forum: “Global Inequalities”

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International Conference “Bologna goes digital”

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