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The Chair of Computing and Society at the Faculty of Computer Science is looking for a 

Full-time PhD position (m,f,x) to work on Trustworthy AI/ML for 3 years with 39,83 hours per week, TV-L E12/13

The goal of the chair is to address challenges that arise when AI/ML algorithms interact with human users. For instance, we develop algorithms to make AI/ML models more fair, explainable and robust. As a part of your PhD, you will lead research projects on human-centric AI/ML – with a focus on Large Language Models (LLMs).

You will be joining an excellent team of researchers at RUB. You will also be embedded in the Research Center for Trustworthy Data Science and Security which is a part of the University Alliance Ruhr. The Research Alliance Ruhr is a joint undertaking of the three major universities in the Ruhr area. The four research centers focus on “One Health Ruhr”, “Chemical Sciences and Sustainability”, “Trustworthy Data Science and Security” and “Future Energy Materials and Systems.” In addition, the Research Alliance Ruhr has established a “College for Social Sciences and Humanities”.

extent: full-time
duration: temporary
beginning: as soon as possible
application deadline: 29.05.2024

Your tasks:

  • Your main task is to conduct research on human-centric AI/ML with a focus on LLMs. The specific topics are flexible and can be adjusted to your personal preferences and strengths.

Your profile:

  • At least Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or Statistics, the Master's programme should be nearing completion.
  • Solid grasp over fundamental concepts of AI/ML like bias-variance-tradeoff, generalization and gradient descent.
  • Prior experience with Natural Language Processing and LLMs.
  • Experience with Python programming language.
  • Experience with popular ML frameworks: pytorch, transformers and scikit-learn.
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken).

Our offerings:

  • Challenging and varied tasks with a high degree of personal responsibility
  • Team-orientated cooperation in a committed, international and appreciative team
  • A friendly and collegial environment

Additional information:

At the request of the applicant (m,f,x), the staff council may be involved in selection interviews. https://www.wpr.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/

If the position is funded by third-party funds the employee has no teaching obligation.

German language courses are offered by the University Language Center (ZfA) in the field of German as a Foreign Language (DaF).
https://www.daf.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/sbgk/index.html.en

You can find information about TV-L at: https://oeffentlicher-dienst.info/

A qualified application is expected.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is RUB’s declared aim.


The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

Contact details for your application:

Bilal Zafar, Phone: +49234 32 25502

Travel expenses for interviews cannot be refunded.

For information on the collection of personal data in the application process see: https://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/en/information-collection-personal-data-application-process.

We are looking forward to receiving your application with the specification ANR: 3271 until 29/05/2024, send by e-mail to the following address: bilal.zafar+phd-application@rub.de

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