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PhD Candidate / Junior Researcher (f/m)


FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure is an internationally leading provider of scientific information and services.

We provide patent and research information for science and industry. To this end, we index very large amounts of data from many different sources. In addition we develop and operate innovative information services and e-research solutions for a precise research and intelligent analysis of these data, e. g. for confidential data management. For this purpose we conduct applied researches. Our customers include international market leaders from the pharmaceutical and chemical industries as well as large patent offices and research institutions.
FIZ Karlsruhe is a non-profit GmbH and one of the largest information infrastructure institutions in Germany with approximately 330 employees at three locations in Germany and at one subsidiary in the US.

We are recruiting for the position of a PhD / junior researcher in the fields of

  • NLP
  • Semantic Web technologies
  • Knowledge Discovery & Knowledge Mining
  • Recommender Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Visual Analysis

starting at October 2016 (or later).

Candidates have:

an outstanding master‘s degree (or an equivalent university degree) in computer science or another discipline relevant for semantic technologies (as e.g. mathematics, computational linguistics, information sciences, computer engineering, etc.) and will target a Ph.D. degree. We expect eagerness to participate in team work, outstanding analytical competence, strong interest in interdisciplinary research and excellent programming and communication skills. Fluency in spoken and written English is required. Language skills in German are welcome. If necessary applicants are expected to improve their language skills through intensive language classes. Qualified candidates who are about to complete their master degree are also encouraged to apply.

We offer a creative, active, internationally renowned research group, support for publication at leading international conferences, support in pursuing a Ph.D., and an outstanding working environment in a new, technically excellent campus. We offer you the chance to shape future-oriented information services in an innovative scientific and technological environment.

Work contract with a salary based on the collective agreement for public sector employees (German Tarifvertrag öffentlicher Dienst (TVöD)), which depends on the candidate’s profile. The position is limited to 2 years with an optional 2 year extension.

The offered position will be in a newly formed research team “Information Services Engineering”, the doctorate will be supervised by Prof. Dr. Harald Sack (FIZ Karlsruhe & Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT). Teaching (at KIT) is not mandatory, but welcome on a volunteer basis. Work will be focused on challenging third party funded international research projects (public and industry) related to the PhD topic.

For questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Harald Sack (harald.sack(at)remove-this.fiz-karlsruhe(dot)de).

How to apply:

Excellent candidates are invited to apply with:

  • detailed curriculum vitae and copies of degree certificates/transcripts,
  • publication record and writing samples/copies of relevant scientific papers (e.g. thesis, etc.),
  • letters of recommendation (preferably at least 2),
  • a statement of interest / letter of motivation covering your research goals.

FIZ Karlsruhe is committed to promoting the careers of women and therefore looks forward to receiving applications by female candidates. We are also committed to work-life balance and equal opportunity ( FIZ Karlsruhe positively welcomes applications from suitably qualified disabled people. The position is available from October 15, 2016, but a later start is also possible. We will consider applications until the position is filled.

Please send your complete application documents by regular mail or by e-mail, quoting the reference number 13/2016, to Mr. Rainer Kurz.

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Rainer Kurz

FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz-Institut für Informationsinfrastruktur
Rainer Kurz
Leiter Abteilung Personal
Hermann-von Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

Tel: +49 7247 808 168