City:  Erlangen
Date:  May 29, 2023

Researcher - Quality of Experience Evaluation in Virtual Reality

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft ( currently operates 76 institutes and research institutions throughout Germany and is the world’s leading applied research organization. Around 30 000 employees work with an annual research budget of 2.9 billion euros. 

The »Audio and Media Technologies« division of Fraunhofer IIS constitutes one of the world’s largest organizations dedicated to audio, speech, and media processing. It has been an innovator in sound and vision for over 30 years. Starting with the creation of mp3 and continuing with the co-development of AAC and the Digital Cinema Initiative test plan, almost all consumer electronic devices, computers, and mobile phones are equipped with systems and technologies from Erlangen today. Meanwhile, a new generation of best-in-class media technologies – such as MPEG-H Audio – is elevating the user experience to new heights. Over 400 engineers and scientists develop first-rate technology, which is licensed worldwide.


What you will do

Our group is looking for a research scientist or research engineer to work on human-machine interaction (HMI) topics, including but not limited to virtual reality, quality of experience evaluation, perceptual audio evaluation, pupillometry, and telecommunication standardization in ITU-T. We seek to advance these areas by creating working prototypes of novel methods and developing new technologies as needed. We expect the candidate to perform scholarly research, publish academic papers, and engage with product groups at Fraunhofer IIS to advance the state of the art and create meaningful impact. You will work closely with researchers, engineers, and designers at Fraunhofer IIS, as well as with product groups, to bring your vision to reality in a way that positively impacts the world.

Work with a small group of fellow research scientists to advance the state of the art in HMI, virtual reality, quality of experience evaluation, perceptual audio evaluation, pupillometry, and telecommunication standardization to create real-world impact from research innovations. Drive the end-to-end research agenda from ideation and prototype development to scholarly and product group impact. Publish and contribute to top scientific conferences and journals.


What you bring to the table

  • A scientific degree (Master, Ph.D. or equivalent) from a program relevant to Human-Machine Interaction, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a related STEM field
  • Good programming skills, at least in Unity and preferably Python, Max/MSP
  • Fluent English for collaborative work in an international team, as well as scientific English for publications - German is a plus
  • Strong publication record and/or industry experience are beneficial
  • Deep knowledge of recent advancements in HMI, including virtual reality, perceptual audio evaluation, pupillometry, and telecommunication standardization
  • Experience or familiarity with conducting research user studies of publishable quality
  • Experience in supervision of students and junior researchers is a plus


What you can expect

We offer you varied and challenging work in an enthusiastic team. You can contribute with your ideas and help design new concepts. Regular training is given, as are flexible, family-friendly work arrangements such as part-time contracts. You will have a state-of-the-art workstation in a modern, bright 2- to 3-person office. 

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The position is initially limited to 2 years with the aim to extend it subsequently. The weekly working time is 39 hours. This vacancy is also available on a part-time basis. We value and promote the diversity of our employees' skills and therefore welcome all applications - regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation, and identity. Appointment, remuneration, and social security benefits are based on the public-sector collective wage agreement (TVöD). Additionally, Fraunhofer may grant performance-based variable remuneration components.
With its focus on developing key technologies that are vital for the future and enabling the commercial utilization of this work by business and industry, Fraunhofer plays a central role in the innovation process. As a pioneer and catalyst for groundbreaking developments and scientific excellence, Fraunhofer helps shape society now and in the future. 
Interested? Join our team and work with us on the technology of tomorrow! We look forward to receiving your complete online application (cover letter, CV, transcripts).
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Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS 
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Requisition Number: 44072                

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