Open Positions (PhD Students)

The Computation and Economics Research Group at the University of Zurich is inviting applications for

2 fully funded PhD positions in Computer Science (Algorithmic Game Theory + Machine Learning).

You will work with Prof. Dr. Sven Seuken on high-impact market design research projects. Market design is a research field that combines techniques from computer science, game theory, operations research, and other fields. Its goal is to design new, well-functioning marketplaces or repair ones that are broken. In our research group, we study foundational market design questions from an algorithmic and game-theoretic perspective. Current group members work on a variety of projects including machine learning-based combinatorial auctions, data markets, cloud computing markets, financial markets, and equilibrium finding algorithms. The focus of the two new positions will be on the intersection of machine learning, market design, and algorithmic game theory. Most of our projects are funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Furthermore, we also collaborate with industrial partners such as Google and Microsoft. We publish our research in the top international conferences in the areas of AI and Economics and Computation.

We offer:

  • a team of young and highly motivated colleagues who are passionate about topics at the intersection of computer science and game theory (in particular: market design)
  • strong support for your professional/career development
  • a very competitive salary
  • generous support for professional travel and research needs
  • an attractive work environment both within the research group and beyond: the University of Zurich is one of Switzerland's leading universities in the middle of a vibrant, cosmopolitan city that regularly ranks as one of the cities with the highest quality of life in the world.

You have:

  • a master’s degree in computer science or a related field (e.g., mathematics, economics, or operations research). Highly qualified students with a bachelor’s degree may also apply.
  • an interest in topics at the intersection of computer science and game theory
  • strong mathematical skills and a good background in theoretical computer science
  • excellent communication skills in English (German speaking skills are not necessary)
  • prior knowledge in game theory, machine learning, AI, or optimization is desirable but not required.

If you fit this profile, like challenging tasks, and are passionate about research, then we would love to hear from you. Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Please go to:

All applications received by June 30, 2018 will be considered. Applications received afterwards will be considered until both positions are filled. The preferred starting date is September 1, 2018, but the exact starting date is negotiable/flexible. Further information about the research group is available online at:

Job Advertisement (PDF)

Prof. Dr. Sven Seuken
Department of Informatics
University of Zurich, Switzerland


PostDoc Positions:

We currently do not have any open PostDoc positions in our group. However, we expect that a new PostDoc positon will become available in Spring or Fall 2019. If you are generally interested in joining our group as a PostDoc, feel free to send an informal email to Prof. Sven Seuken to introduce yourself.