Research Fellow / PhD position (computer science))

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At TU Dresden, the Chair of Knowledge-based Systems headed by Markus Krötzsch within the Cluster of Excellence ‘Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden’ (cfaed) offers a
Research Fellow / PhD Position
(subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)
Research area:
Knowledge Graph Management and Ontology-Based Queries
cfaed Investigators:
Prof. Dr. Markus Krötzsch
the position starts as soon as possible and is fixed-term to 31.10.2017. Subject to the continued third-party funding of the cluster after 10/2017, the extension of the contract may be possible. The period of employment is governed by the Fixed-Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG). The position offers the chance to obtain further academic qualification (e.g., PhD).
Position and Requirements
The Chair of Knowledge-based Systems designs, builds, and studies intelligent information systems. We develop formal approaches of representing human knowledge in computer systems, and we put them into practice to produce working solutions. Application areas of our research include large-scale data management, Web information systems, and ontological modeling. Mathematical foundations of our research include formal logic, complexity theory, as well as automata and languages.
We are looking for a researcher to contribute to the cfaed Orchestration Path, which is concerned with the integration of heterogeneous hardware components. Our planned contributions in this area concern the modeling of heterogeneous hardware and related computational processes. This should be achieved by applying methods from the field of knowledge graphs and ontological knowledge representation. Outcomes of this research should be implemented and brought into application in close cooperation with other project partners.
Additionally, we will explore possible applications of knowledge-based systems in advanced electronics applications in tight collaboration with the other paths of the cfaed.
The research is embedded into an inspiring environment. The International Center for Computational Logic (ICCL) of TU Dresden is one of the biggest research centres for formal methods, logic, and artificial intelligence. The Cluster of Excellence Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed) fosters cross-disciplinary collaborations with many researchers in computer science and beyond. TU Dresden is one of the leading universities in Germany, and one of the eleven German universities that have been awarded excellence status in the national Excellence Initiative. The city of Dresden is also a great place to live.
We search for highly motivated and talented researchers to work at the interface of theoretical and applied computer science with an interest in meaningful applications. We look for PhD candidates with excellent university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in computer science or a related field, and a keen interest or initial expertise in one or more of the aforementioned topics; creativity and efficient problem solving skills; ability to implement software in common programming languages; a broad interest in computer science, its foundations, and cross-disciplinary applications; excellent communication skills; an independent, result-driven work attitude; fluency in English, spoken and written – we work in a completely international research environment where German is not required, but German skills can still be beneficial.
What we offer
You will join a team of enthusiastic scientists who pursue creatively their individual research agenda inspired by the cluster’s innovative approach and support. Your research will be fostered by the cfaed philosophy to promote young researchers which includes: access to state of the art research of leading academic institutes; individual supervision by a Thesis Advisory Committee; possibility to earn (seed) grants of up to € 10.000; promotion of gender equality and family-friendly work environment.
For informal enquiries, please contact Prof. Dr. Markus Krötzsch at
Applications from women are particularly welcome. The same applies to people with disabilities.
Application Procedure
Your application (in English only) should include: a motivation letter, your CV with publication list, the names and contact details of two references, copy of degree certificate, and transcript of grades (i.e. the official list of coursework including your grades).
Complete applications should be submitted preferably by e-mail as a single PDF-document quoting the reference number PhD1608_Z-KBS in the subject header to (Please note: We are currently not able to receive electronically signed and encrypted data.) or alternatively by post to: TU Dresden, cfaed, Frau Anett Eichner, 01062 Dresden, Germany. The closing date for applications is 04.10.2016 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail service applies). Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Expenses incurred in attending interviews cannot be reimbursed.
About cfaed
cfaed is a cluster of excellence within the German Excellence Initiative. As a central scientific unit of TU Dresden, it brings together 300 researchers from the university and 10 other research institutes in the areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics. cfaed addresses the advancement of electronic information processing systems through exploring new technologies which overcome the limits of today’s predominant CMOS technology. For more information please see
About TU Dresden
The TU Dresden is among the top universities in Germany and Europe and one of the eleven German universities that were identified as an ‘elite university’ in June 2012. As a modern full-status university with 14 departments it offers a wide academic range making it one of a very few in Germany.
How to apply:
e-mail or mail

Contact detail

How to apply:
Send application to or alternatively by post to: TU Dresden, cfaed, Frau Anett Eichner, 01062 Dresden, Germany.

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Sachsen)
Working place
01069 Dresden
Area of expertise
Computer Sciences

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