The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 179 fields of study, approx. 10.000 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position as soon as possible of a

University Assistant (prae doc)
at the Research Group Data Mining and Machine Learning

Reference number: 12314

The research group Data Mining & Machine Learning at the Faculty of Computer Sciences invites applications for the position of a research assistant aiming at a PhD degree in the area of Machine Learning (especially Reinforcement Learning or probabilistic Models - supervised by Ass.Prof. Sebastian Tschiatschek You will work on interesting and challenging research questions in the area of machine learning in a pleasant work environment within a friendly, dynamic, international and young team. There are many opportunities to grow academically as well as personally, including possible team leads in research projects and exchanges on an international scale. We provide a close supervision of the thesis work and a highly collaborative research environment.

The announcement is made for four years, whereby the employment relationship is initially limited to 1.5 years and is automatically extended to a total of four years, unless the employer submits a declaration of non-renewal after a maximum of 12 months.

The employment is over 30h/week.

Duration of employment: 4 year/s

Extent of Employment: 30 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:
Participation in research, teaching and administration:
- Participation in research projects / research studies
- Participation in publications / academic articles / presentations
- We expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 12-18 months.
- Participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement
- Supervision of students
- Involvement in the organisation of meetings, conferences, symposiums
- Involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching and research administration

Master in Computer Science, Mathematics or Statistics, excellent knowledge English (in speaking and writing)
– team player with strong social skills
- excellent basic knowledge of machine learning & basic knowledge in the area of reinforcement learning or probabilistic models
- ability to work independently and reliably.

Desirable qualifications are:
- teaching experience
- project management skills
- solid knowledge and interest in at least one of the following machine learning topics: probabilistic models, reinforcement learning, active learning, deep learning
- good programming skills (Python and a deep learning framework like PyTorch or Tensorflow)
- practical experience in the realization of machine learning projects
- interest and experience in research and publishing Application documents - Letter of Motivation including a description of research interests and ideas for a prospective doctoral project proposal
- Curriculum vitae
- List of publications, evidence of teaching experience (if available)
- Degree certificatess - References (if available)

Research fields:
Main research field
Special research fields Importance
Computer Sciences
Machine learning MUST

Language level Importance
Very good knowledge MUST

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 26.09.2021, mentioning reference number 

For further information please contact Tschiatschek, Sebastian +43-1-4277-79511.

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity ( The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

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