Research Assistant (f/d/m) full-time

We are looking for a new team member for our new research area “Conversational Interfaces”. The contract is limited until January 31st, 2023.

Remuneration group: 13 TV-L FU
Identifier: DocTalk-WM

Application deadline: February 17th, 2020

The HCC.lab stands for an interdisciplinary team in the field of collaborative computing and human computer interaction. The focus is on Interactive Intelligent Systems: we see ourselves as designers of participative and sustainable technologies that promote human-machine cooperation. Our current research focuses on ideation, data visualization and human-centered machine learning. Our theory-driven research includes both an empirical and an engineering dimension.

We offer a creative and open environment for the realization of your research interests and will support you sustainably in realizing your academic ambitions (e.g. by participation in conferences, further education). We are committed to open source software, open science and free access to knowledge.

The position is part of a BMBF-funded interdisciplinary project in the context of continuing medical education (Computer-Supported Cooperative Learning). We are investigating to what extent we can support medical assistants in informal learning processes using chatbots.

Field of Activity

We are looking to bolster our new research area Conversational Interfaces, which will combine the fields of data visualization and human-centered machine learning. The following tasks are associated with this position:

  • Design of novel interaction concepts for conversational interfaces with focus on transparency and their implementation in the form of interactive prototypes
  • Execution of empirical (online) studies to evaluate the approaches
  • Preparation of scientific publications for the dissemination of research results


  • Degree (Diploma or Master's degree) in Computer Science or related fields.

Technical Expertise

  • Good knowledge in at least one of the following areas: Conversational Interfaces, Natural Language Processing, Dialog Design, Machine Learning, Full-Stack Web Development (e.g. Python, JavaScript)


  • Above-average willingness for interdisciplinary cooperation

  • Very good written and spoken language skills in German and English

  • Knowledge in at least one of the areas: Human-Computer Interaction, Data Visualization or Human-Centered Machine Learning

  • Knowledge in Rasa and Mattermost

  • Experience in the design, implementation, evaluation, and supervision of online studies

  • High willingness to work independently

  • Ability and willingness to actively participate within the team

  • Interest in scientific work and existing experience in writing scientific texts

  • Creativity, analytical skills, problem-solving competence and results-oriented work

The Applications (letter of motivation, CV, recommendations) should be adressed to Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn and sent  in PDF format (preferably as one document) stating the identifier (DocTalk-WM) electronically by e-mail to or by post to the following address:

Freie Universität Berlin
Fachbereich Mathematik und Informatik
Institut für Informatik
Arbeitsgruppe Human-Centered Computing
Frau Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller-Birn
Königin-Luise-Str. 24/26
14195 Berlin (Dahlem)

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