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PhD Positions in „Climate Informatics“ - DLR Institute for Data Science in Jena, Germany


DLR together with the Max-Plank-Institute (MPI) for Biogeochemistry and the Friedrich-Schiller-University (FSU) Jena currently establishes a research group on Climate Informatics at the new DLR Institute for Data Science in Jena, Germany. Climate Informatics is a challenging and promising research field where a concentrated effort will have a high impact both to advance science and to address climate change topics of critical importance for the society.

Applications are invited for 3 fully funded PhD positions at the FSU:

  • PhD thesis on Deep graphical models:
    Development of methods to combine the potentials of graphical models and deep learning.

  • PhD thesis on Algorithmic foundations of efficient learning and inference techniques:
    Using mathematical optimization, especially convex optimization, to develop new and efficient method for parameters estimation in graphical models.

  • PhD thesis on Deep learning models:
    Development of methods to gain insight and understand deep learning models for better control, optimization, and explanation of such models.

Additionally, further PhD and Postdoc positions in the same research field can be found at the DLR job portal.

Your Qualification

We are looking for highly motivated and creative scientists with expertise in machine learning, interested in both developing new algorithms as well as robust, usable systems for climate science. The applicants shall have the desire and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.
The successful candidates for these positions will have:

  • Master in computer science or related disciplines.
  • The creativity to develop new algorithms and learning paradigms for using machine vision and learning for climate science applications.
  • Practical knowledge of the current state-of-the-art in machine vision and learning.
  • The commitment and dedication to develop robust, working systems.
  • Fluency in written and oral English. German is a plus.
  • Interest in applications of computer science to climate science, and the new discoveries they enable.
  • Strong programming expertise in Python, C and C++ and general knowledge in computer science.

All contracts will initially last three years. Applicants should submit their application including a CV and a cover letter summarizing their research experience, interests, and relations to the research topic in general and one or the other position mentioned above.

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.