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The International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science
(Saarbruecken, Germany) is inviting applications for PhD scholarships.  

THE PROGRAM 

The International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science (IMPRS-CS)
is a graduate program jointly run by the Max Planck Institute for
Informatics <http://www.mpi-inf.mpg.de/>  (MPI-INF), the Max Planck
Institute for Software Systems <http://www.mpi-sws.org/>  (MPI-SWS), and the
Computer Science Department <http://www.cs.uni-sb.de/>  at Saarland
University.  

The MPI-INF and the MPI-SWS are among the more than 80 institutes run by the
Max Planck Society <http://www.mpg.de/english/portal/index.html> . The MPIs
are Germany's prime basic research facilities with world-class, basic
research in the fields of medicine, biology, chemistry, physics, technology,
and the humanities. Since 1948, MPI researchers have been awarded 18 Nobel
prizes, which testifies to the quality and innovation of MPI research
programs. 

Educating and training junior scientists is of primary importance for the
future of science, research, and innovation. The Max Planck Society
<http://www.mpg.de/english/portal/index.html> , in cooperation with German
Universities has launched the International Max Planck Research Schools
(IMPRS) initiative.  

Admitted students receive a first rate, research-oriented education in their
chosen area of concentration. They enjoy close supervision by a
world-renowned scientist in a competitive, yet collaborative, environment
rich in interaction with other students, post-docs, and scientists. The
program is fully funded. 

IMPRS-CS holds a funding agreement with Microsoft Research Cambridge
<http://research.microsoft.com/aboutmsr/labs/cambridge/default.aspx>
(MSRC), which contributes 15 PhD scholarships in areas of research related
to MSRC. Recipients of these scholarships have the opportunity for
internships at MSRC and other collaboration with a world-leading industrial
research lab. 

PROFILE 

A successful candidate must

- hold or be about to receive a Master's degree in Computer Science (or an
equivalent degree) from a research-oriented institution of higher education

- have outstanding academic performance (rank at or near top of class)

- have excellent oral and written English language skills

- show aptitude for independent, creative work

- have performed research and published (or submitted for publication) the
results 

For a specialization in Human-Computer Interaction/Ubiquitous Computing, the
successful candidate will become a member of the Embodied Interaction group
<http://embodied.mpi-inf.mpg.de/>  (advised by Dr. Jürgen Steimle) or of the
Perceptual User Interfaces group <http://perceptual.mpi-inf.mpg.de/>
(advised by Dr. Andreas Bulling). Both groups have a strong presence in the
key conferences of HCI and UbiComp and ongoing collaborations with major
international institutes. A successful candidate has 

- strong technical competence in at least one of the following areas:
electronics and embedded systems, computer vision, computer graphics,
machine learning, mobile application development

-  strong interest in human-computer interfaces; knowledge of user interface
design and physical prototyping is an advantage

- good practical programming skills for rapid prototyping of interactive
systems

- good team working and critical thinking skills  

HOW TO APPLY 

Please find more information and a link to the online application form on
http://www.imprs-cs.de/. Applications are accepted all year round; the
current admissions round closes on February 28th, 2015. 

The application needs to be submitted online. Please specify in your
personal statement the name of your preferred advisor(s). After submitting
the online application, please also send a copy of your application
documents by e-mail to your preferred advisor.

 


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