The Department of History and Cultural Studies at Freie Universität Berlin in conjunction with the European Research Council invites applications for a three-year PhD scholarship in Japanese studies in the areas of human-computer interaction and robotics. The candidate will join a European Research Council-funded project titled, "Emotional Machines: The Technological Transformation of Intimacy in Japan", which explores the impacts of emerging affect-sensing technologies on social relationships as well as on cultural and scientific knowledge of the emotions in the affective sciences. As the project is interdisciplinary in nature, the Department welcomes applicants from across the humanities and social sciences (particularly from literary studies, cultural anthropology, or science and technology studies) as well as those from the technical sciences. An ideal candidate will have some familiarity with the Japanese language and culture as well as basic knowledge in or a willingness to learn programming and coding specific to affective computing and emotion modeling. The candidate will work toward a PhD in Japanese studies in the Department of History and Cultural Studies, and design an interdisciplinary course of study under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Elena Giannoulis. The academic program is fully funded for three years and comes with a monthly salary with the German pay scale grouping E13. Opportunities exist to extend to a fourth year of study under the same financial conditions. The student’s work should be original but overlap with the project aims as described below.
Seminar of East Asian Studies/Japanology: http://www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/oas/japanologie/
The following documents should be submitted either via regular mail or as a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org
*Two letters of recommendation will be requested from short-listed candidates
**Name the application file “EMTECHapp” plus your last name in capital letters: “EMTECHappNAME"
The deadline for applications is August 31st, 2017. Commencement is April 2018, with some flexibility based on the candidate's status.
All application quoting the reference code should be addressed to:
Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften
Ostasien und Vorderer Orient
Frau Prof. Dr. Elena Giannoulis
14195 Berlin (Dahlem)
Or as an e-mail to (see above for details).
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