[visionlist] PhD/Postdoc positions in Research Training Group 2853 “Neuroexplicit Models of Language, Vision, and Action”

Christian Theobalt theobalt at mpi-inf.mpg.de
Tue Dec 19 08:18:03 -04 2023


*The Research Training Group 2853 “Neuroexplicit Models of Language, 
Vision, and Action” is looking for*


6 PhD students - September 2024

1 Postdoc - March 2024 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; the first six PhD students started in late 2023. 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.

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 
participating institutes.

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, 
Artificial Intelligence

Christian Theobalt, MPI for Informatics - Visual Computing, Machine Learning

Mariya Toneva, MPI for Software Systems - Computational Neuroscience, 
Machine Learning

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, 
Reinforcement Learning

Ellie Pavlick, Brown University and Google AI, will join us regularly as 
a Mercator Fellow.

Please send your application by 7 January 2024to apply at neuroexplicit.org 
<mailto:apply at neuroexplicit.org>. Include the reference number W2298 for 
the postdoc position and the reference number W2299 for the PhD 
positions. We aim to conduct job interviews in July (for a start in 
October) and September (for a later start). The legally binding version 
of this job ad is at


(postdoc) and


(PhD), respectively.

For details on what materials to submit with your application and all 
other information about the RTG, please see our website: 


Prof. Dr. Christian Theobalt
Scientific Director
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:d6-sek at mpi-inf.mpg.de  

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