PhD Position in Data Science

at PhD Position in Data Science at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Published October 28, 2022
Location Karlsruhe, Germany
Category Data Science  
Job Type Scholarship  


PhD Position in Data Science

Data is ubiquitous, in the sciences and elsewhere, and data-driven scientific discoveries are becoming more numerous and are gaining importance.

When applying for this position, you are keen on designing, implementing and evaluating new methods and tools to analyze data with a complex structure. For instance, this includes data that is high-dimensional, data streams, or graph data -- or combinations of these characteristics. Ideally, the results of your work should not only be useful for users from just one, but several domains. Put differently, you should be interested in basic research (from a computer-science perspective), i.e., new methods and tools that are generic and "deep". Examples of such research topics in our lab in the past are detecting changes in correlation in data streams in real time, active learning for better outlier detection, or the generation of synthetic data that looks as authentic as possible.

Having said this, we do have many bodies of scientific data at KIT, some of them being quite unique, whose owners are extremely interested in new methods and tools for respective analyses. Examples are materials sciences, energy systems, climatology, but also the humanities.

The vacancy we seek to fill is available immediately. At the formal level, you should have a Master or Diploma degree in computer science/informatics, business informatics, mathematics or physics, and you should have some programming skills. Beyond this, important prerequisites are an interest in scientific work, demonstrated academic excellence and rigor as well as curiosity. Your application should at least consist of a CV, a short statement of motivation (one or two paragraphs) that is tailored to this specific job offer, and academic transcripts with grades. Please email your application to Prof. Klemens Böhm (, who also is available for questions.

We offer:
⦁ a lot of free space for scientific development,
⦁ excellent personal guidance and support,
⦁ fascinating research topics relevant for other disciplines and for society
⦁ an open-minded and highly collaborative research environment
⦁ an international, interdisciplinary research surrounding with numerous occasions for cooperation,
⦁ opportunities for personal growth and further training leveraging the rich infrastructure at KIT, an institution that is both a university and a large-scale research facility,
⦁ an excellent living environment in an attractive, vibrant city in one of the most beautiful regions in Germany,
⦁ a salary that covers the living expenses in Germany well, together with free university registration.

KIT pursues a gender equality policy. We would therefore particularly encourage qualified women to apply. If qualified, handicapped applicants will be preferred.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is a public corporation pursuing the tasks of a State University of Baden-Wuerttemberg and of a national research center of the Helmholtz Association. The KIT mission combines the three strategic lines of activity of research, higher education, and innovation.

Please email your application to Prof. Klemens Böhm, who is also happy to answer any further questions.