Job Announcement
University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover, Institute of Zoology

Research Assistant
(Germany salary scale : TVL 13, 100%) for up to three years

Application deadline: 15 January 2018
Start of position: March 2018
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We are seeking for a highly motivated candidate for research within the  context of the DFG-funded project: “Towards the evolutionary roots of vocal flexibility in primate communication: dynamics of vocal production development and vocal mechanics in a basal nonhuman primate”. The core task of the successful candidate is to apply and develop machine-learning algorithms, including deep neural network, approaches to explore the extent to which vocal flexibility and its development can be measured automatically and rules can be extracted governing the dynamics of this process. The research assistant will work at the Institute of Zoology, University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover (Prof. Elke Zimmermann’s group, see, and partially at Aalen University (ZentrumIndustrie 4.0, Prof. Axel Zimmermann’s group, see

Candidates should have:

  • PhD degree or similar in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Biology, Psychology or similar disciplines (in exceptional cases Master degree or similar)
  • Proven expertise in Computer Science with special emphasis to SQL database programming, Matlab, Python, supervised and unsupervised learning algorithms
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Interest in working in a cross-disciplinary project with biologists, electrical engineers and computer scientists
  • Fluent verbal and written English communication skills
  • Proven research output, e.g. by first-author publications in peer-reviewed international research journals

Please send applications before January, 15,  2018 by e-mail (attachment in a single pdf document) to Prof. Dr. Elke Zimmermann (

Applications must include

  • Cover letter outlining the candidate’s suitability for the post
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certificates ( in English or German)
  • Overview of the past research activities (1-2 pages)
  • Names and contact details of two references

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