PhD- Position | Comparative cognition using cutting-edge technologies (f/m/d)

(65-100 %, E 13 TV-L)

Reference number 2021/182. The position is to be filled by the end of March 2022 or later. The position is securely funded for three years, with the possibility of extension. In principle this position can be divided into two part-time positions.

The University of Konstanz is one of eleven Universities of Excellence in Germany. Since 2007 it has been successful in the German Excellence Initiative and its follow-up programme, the Excellence Strategy.

The PhD position will be part of the Cluster of Excellence “Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour” (CASCB) at the University of Konstanz, which investigates the collective behaviour and associated patterns in humans and animals in an unprecedented interdisciplinary approach by developing an innovative range of quantitative methods and novel technologies ( The position will be embedded into the newly starting project which aims to first establish tracking methods for head/eye and postural movements of pigeons and/or humans using available technologies at the imaging facility (e.g. motion-tracking systems, wearable eye-trackers, and multi-array cameras) in combination with mixed reality (stimulus presentation in synchronization with behavior). In the following, the project will establish analytic methods to quantify social interaction from the obtained large amount of behavioural data in order to reveal cognitive skills and coordination efficiencies during naturalistic social interaction of birds (e.g. grouping, foraging) and/or joint action of humans (e.g. social learning, team sport, foraging).

Your responsibilities

  • Designing and performing cognitive and collective behaviour experiments with birds and/or human
  • Learning and developing automated techniques to track movements of humans/animals and analyse the acquired large dataset to reveal the underlying patterns related to cognition and coordination

Your Competencies

  • A master degree biology, psychology, computer science, or a related fields
  • Proven academic interest in cognition, cooperation, and culture, while having expertise/interest in the use of cutting-edge motion-tracking, eye-tracking, computer vision
  • Experience in at least one of the programming languages
  • Strong written and oral communications skills in English

We Offer

  • Professional infrastructure and support for conducting research
  • An open, highly motivated, interdisciplinary research group
  • Ability to work with world-leading scientists on a new and exciting research field
  • Integration into the interdisciplinary Excellence Cluster research community
  • Working and living in a fabulous and diverse environment
  • Classification according to the tariff regulations of TV-L (depending on the personal prerequisites up to pay group E 13 TV-L)

For further information please contact Dr. Fumihiro Kano via E-Mail:

We look forward to receiving your application (including a full CV, a copy of the Master thesis or equivalent, a brief research statement relating your interests to the research program of our group, and names and e-mail addresses of two or more academic referees) by August 31st, 2021 via our Online Application Portal.

The University of Konstanz is committed to ensuring an environment that provides equal opportunities and promotes diversity as well as a good balance between university and family life. As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to increase the number of women working in research and teaching. We also support working couples through our dual career programme. Persons with disabilities are explicitly encouraged to apply. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact + 49 7531 88–4016).



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