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At the Division Applied Artificial Intelligence (Prof. Dr. Daniel Sonntag), Department of Computer Science of the University of Oldenburg, two positions are currently available (preferably PhD candidates) in Applied Artificial Intelligence.

Doctoral Candidates (m/f/d)

(E 13 TV-L, 100 %)

These posts are available immediately, for a fixed term contract, 3 years. The positions are suitable for part-time work.

The positions serve the qualification of junior scientists. They offer the opportunity to do a doctorate, but are also suitable for PostDoc researchers to continue professional development.

Your focus:

Special AI transfer topics in collaboration with the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI): interactive machine learning, explainability (XAI), transparency, fairness, robustness, machine teaching, information extraction (IE) and natural language processing (NLP), semantic web, common sense modelling, or hybrid cognitive technologies.

Your profile:

For a Doctoral candidate: Msc in computer science, mathematics, computational linguistics, media informatics or a related discipline. State-of-the-art machine learning for (medical) image analysis, information extraction from medical texts, and/or HCI concepts and algorithms for human-in-the-loop machine learning; you should also have experience working with AI technology for modelling context parameters. Additional knowledge of deep learning platforms for image analysis or concepts for health & wellbeing applications would be an asset. Other desirable skills include GPU programming, AutoML, TensorFlow, PyTorch or RapidMiner, or symbolic reasoning for decision making.

Furthermore we expect:

  • Well-developed communication skills, and willingness to work both independently and within our interdisciplinary research team
  • Strong experience with experimental laboratory setups, hardware-software interfacing
  • Excellent command of English (spoken and written)


Successful candidates are required to become adept at scientific paper writing; and presenting scientific findings will be important, as well as implementing demo systems for user evaluations and project deliverables.

What we offer:

  •  An excellent opportunity to make progress in the field of applied artificial intelligence
  •  Excellent opportunities to continue your personal and professional development
  •  Strong involvement in project cooperation with international and national partners, both from industry and research
  • An experienced interdisciplinary team (12-15 professionals) that works on adjacent topics and is highly visible in related international research communities

The University of Oldenburg intends to increase the proportion of female employees in the field of science and encourages women to apply for this position. In accordance with Lower Saxony regulations (§ 21 Section 3 NHG) female candidates with equal qualifications will be preferentially considered.

Applicants with disabilities will be given preference in case of equal qualification.

Applications can be sent electronically as one PDF () with reference “AAI-002“ and should include a full CV, copies of certificates and two references, and the earliest possible starting date. Applications close 1st of September 2021 (5pm GMT).


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