Swiss:PhD in Representation of Geographic Relevance in Mobile Applications

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The Geographic Information Visualization and Analysis group at the
University of Zurich invites applications for a doctoral research
assistant position in Geographic Information Science/Geovisualization
to work on a 3-year project.

The highly motivated, successful applicant will be asked to develop
methods for representing geographic relevance, including
relevance-based filtering of features in the context of mobile
geoservices. The objective is to find appropriate representations and
metaphors for the geographic relevance concept and design suitable
tests for an evaluation of these developments.

Applicants are required to have
successfully completed a Masters degree in a relevant area, e.g.,
Geography, Geoinformatics /Geographic Information Science, Psychology,
Cognitive Science, or Computer Science. You have experience in GIS,
spatial data representation and handling as well as quantitative
spatio-temporal analysis methodologies. Knowledge of wayfinding,
spatial cognition, and decision making would be an asset. You have good
programming skills (preferably Java), you are confident in implementing
the developed methods in the context of a geoservice framework. You
have a proven ability to work independently on guided projects, and are
interested in presenting your results orally and in publications for a
larger scientific audience. You have a very good standard of written
and spoken English and knowledge of German, whilst not required, would
be an advantage.

The position, housed in the GIScience Center of the Geography
Department, will start in September 2008, or as soon as possible

For more background information about the department please visit us on the Web at or direct any informal enquiries about the position to the address below.

Send your application (CV, letter of motivation, transcripts, names
and email contact of referees) electronically in a single PDF document
to: Dr. Tumasch Reichenbacher,tumasch.reichenbacher[a-t]
(subject: PhD Relevance Representation), ph: +41-44-635-5152, fax:
+41-44-635-6848. We will also behappy to answer informal inquiries.
Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until
the position is filled.

Entrance upon September 2008, or as soon as possible thereafter
Duration of appointment 3 years


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