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PhD Student and Research Associate (f/m/d)
in Semantic Web, Machine Learning, and/or Natural Language Processing

Organizational unit

Institut für Angewandte Informatik und Formale Beschreibungsverfahren (AIFB)

Job description

KIT is one of the world’s leading research institutions in the field of technology. The Web Science research group at the KIT Institute AIFB is known worldwide for its research in the field of knowledge representation and, under the direction of Dr. Färber, deals with data science topics. The research group’s focus is on the development and application of artificial intelligence (AI) methods. The core topics include the semantic representation of knowledge through knowledge graphs, machine learning (e.g. for search and recommendation systems), natural language processing, the combination of knowledge graphs with machine learning or natural language processing, and the Internet of Things.

The methods are developed, among other things, to support digitization in companies through intelligent systems. The focus is also on the implementation of the FAIR principles, the support of scientists, and AI-based science communication. Examples of this are recommendation systems for scientific publications and the creation of scholarly knowledge graphs.

The research group works closely with the Information Process Engineering (IPE) research division of the FZI Research Center for Computer Science (FZI). There are also numerous connections to national and international research institutions and companies.

For our team at the “Web Science” chair, we are looking for a PhD student with the following tasks:

  • Performing research in at least one of the following areas: Semantic Web (e.g., knowledge graphs), machine learning (e.g., deep learning), natural language processing.
  • Contributing to national and international research projects, often with industry partners.
  • Participation in teaching (e.g., organizing seminars and exercises for lectures in English, as well as for German if applicable).
  • Presentation of research results and prototypes in the context of publications and talks at national and international level.

Starting date

zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt / as soon as possible

Personal qualification

You have:

  • Very good degree in computer science, computational linguistics, mathematics, or a related subject.
  • Expertise in the field of semantic web, machine learning, and/or natural language processing.
  • A high degree of personal responsibility, motivation, commitment, and excellent teamwork skills.
  • Good knowledge of English and presentation skills.


The remuneration occurs on the basis of the wage agreement of the civil service in TV-L E13.

Contract duration

limited to one year (with an option to extend for a further three years)

Application up to

June 20, 2021 (later applications can be taken into account where applicable)

Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Dr.-Ing. Michael Färber (


Please send your detailed application with cover letter, CV, copies of degrees and certificates in one PDF file to:

Beate Kühner, and

Dr. Michael Färber,

We prefer to balance the number of female and male employees. Therefore, we kindly encourage female applicants to apply for this job.

Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.