[visionlist] PhD / Postdoc positions in Research Training Group on Neuroexplicit Models of Language, Vision and Action (UdS, MPI-INF, MPI-SWS, DFKI, CISPA)
theobalt at mpi-inf.mpg.de
Thu Jul 20 03:25:38 -04 2023
*The Research Training Group 2853 “Neuroexplicit Models of Language,
Vision, and Action” is looking for*
3 PhD students and 1 postdoc
November 2023 or later
Neuroexplicit models combine neural and human-interpretable (“explicit”)
models in order to overcome the limitations that each model class has
separately. They include neurosymbolic models, which combine neural and
symbolic models, but also e.g. combinations of neural and physics-based
models. In the RTG, we will improve the state of the art in natural
language processing (“Language”), computer vision (“Vision”), and
planning and reinforcement learning (“Action”) through the use of
neuroexplicit models and investigate the cross-cutting design principles
of effective neuroexplicit models (“Foundations”).
The RTG is scheduled to grow to a total of 24 PhD students and one
postdocby 2025. Through the inclusion of ~20 further PhD students and
postdocs funded from other sources, it will be one of the largest
research centers on neuroexplicit or neurosymbolic models in the world.
The RTG brings together researchers at Saarland University, the Max
Planck Institute for Informatics, the Max Planck Institute for Software
Systems, the CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security, and the
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). All of these
institutions are colocated on the same campus in Saarbrücken, Germany.
In a previous round of recruiting, we have already filled three PhD
positions, leaving three positions free for applicants with a later MSc
graduation date. The positions are funded as follows:
PhD students will be funded for up to four years at the TV-L E13
100% pay scale. You should have or be about to complete an MSc
degree in computer science or a related field and have demonstrated
expertise in one of the research areas of the RTG, e.g. through an
excellent Master’s thesis or relevant publications.
The postdoc will initially be funded for three years, with the
possibility of extension up to five years, at the TV-L E13 100% pay
scale.As the RTG postdoc, you will pursue your own research agenda
in the field of neuroexplicit models and work with the PhD students
to identify and pursue opportunities for collaborative research. You
should have or be about to complete a PhD in computer science or a
related field and have demonstrated your expertise in one or more of
the RTG’s research areas through publications in top venues.
The RTG is part of the Saarland Informatics Campus, one of the leading
centers for researchin computer science, artificial intelligence, and
natural language processing in Europe. The Saarland Informatics Campus
brings together 900 researchers and 2500 students from 81 countries. The
CISPA Helmholtz Center, located on the same campus, is home to an
additional 350 researchers and on track to grow to 800 by 2026.
Researchers at SIC and CISPA are part of the ELLIS network and have been
awarded more than 35 ERC grants.
Each PhD student in the RTG will be jointly supervised by two PhD
advisorsfrom the list of Principal Investigators below. Each student
will freely define their own research topic; we encourage the choice of
topics that cross the traditional boundaries of research fields.
Students may be affiliated with Saarland University or with one of the
Vera Demberg, Saarland University - Computational Linguistics
Jörg Hoffmann, Saarland University - AI Planning
Eddy Ilg, Saarland University - Computer Vision, Machine Learning
Dietrich Klakow, Saarland University - Natural Language Processing
Alexander Koller, Saarland University - Computational Linguistics
Bernt Schiele, MPI for Informatics - Computer Vision, Machine Learning
Philipp Slusallek, DFKI and Saarland University - Computer Graphics,
Christian Theobalt, MPI for Informatics - Visual Computing, Machine Learning
Mariya Toneva, MPI for Software Systems - Computational Neuroscience,
Isabel Valera, Saarland University - Machine Learning
Jilles Vreeken, CISPA - Machine Learning, Causality
Joachim Weickert, Saarland University - Mathematical Data Analysis
Verena Wolf, DFKI and Saarland University - Modeling and Simulation,
Ellie Pavlick, Brown University and Google AI, will join us regularly as
a Mercator Fellow.
Please send your application by 31 July 2023to apply at neuroexplicit.org
<mailto:apply at neuroexplicit.org>. Include the reference number W2350 for
the postdoc position and the reference number W2351 for the PhD
positions. We aim to conduct job interviews in September, ideally in
person in Saarbrücken, Germany.
Make sure to check the RTG website for details on the application
process and what materials to include in the application:
For all further information about the RTG, check out our website:
Prof. Dr. Christian Theobalt
Visual Computing and Artificial Intelligence Department
Max-Planck-Institute for Informatics
Saarland Informatics Campus
Campus E1.4, 66123 Saarbruecken, Germany
Phone +49 681 9325 4500 Fax +49 681 9325 4599
Email:theobalt at mpi-inf.mpg.de
Assistant Email:budde at mpi-inf.mpg.de
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