Open Positions

Lecturer / PostDoc Position in Artificial Intelligence


We are searching for:

Lecturer / Postdoc in Artificial Intelligence (100% or part-time)
Duration: 2 years, with the possibility of extension

About us: The Computation and Economics Research Group, led by Prof. Sven Seuken, currently consists of one professor,  one Postdoc, and six PhD students. All group members have a strong background in mathematics/computer science and work on AI, machine learning, and market design research questions. Market design is a research field that combines techniques from computer science, game theory, operations research, and other fields to analyze and design real-world marketplaces. In our research group, we study foundational market design questions from an algorithmic/computational and game-theoretic perspective. Current group members work on a variety of projects, including active learning in combinatorial assignment problems, techniques for capturing model uncertainty in neural networks, algorithms for finding equilibria in auctions, and machine learning-powered preference elicitation in combinatorial auctions, course allocation, drone traffic management, and adoption marketplaces. We publish our research exclusively in top international conferences (e.g., AAAI, IJCAI, EC) and journals (e.g., JAIR, JET, Management Science). In some projects, we also collaborate with industrial partners such as Google Research and Microsoft Research.

We offer:

  • a team of young and highly motivated colleagues who are passionate about topics at the intersection of AI, machine learning, and game theory (in particular: market design)
  • a competitive salary of approximately 90,000 Euro per year and generous social benefits
  • generous support for professional travel and research needs
  • strong support for your career development  
  • life in a cosmopolitan city that regularly ranks as one of the cities with the highest quality of life in the world.

About the position:

We accept applications from all candidates with a PhD who have a strong background in Artificial Intelligence. The successful candidate will become a Postdoc/Lecturer at the Department of Informatics of the University of Zurich (Switzerland's largest university) and will also be affiliated with the ETH AI Center (one of the world’s top places for research on AI and machine learning). The UZH Department of Informatics and the ETH AI Center are in 3 min walking distance from each other. The candidate is free to conduct research on any topic, including the continuation of existing research projects. The candidate is invited (but not required) to join the ERC research project on “Machine Learning-based Market Design” led by Prof. Sven Seuken. In terms of teaching, the candidate is required to prepare and teach a new course called “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” (6 ECTS credits), once per year. This course will be offered on the Bachelor’s level at UZH; the course will start on February 21, 2022. Therefore, experience in teaching such a course (e.g., as a teaching assistant) is a required. The exact topics to be covered in the course are still flexible.

You have:

  • a PhD degree in computer science or a related field with a focus on Artificial Intelligence
  • a very good publication record in your field
  • a passion for research in AI (interest or experience in game theory is a plus, but not required)
  • experience teaching a course on AI or machine learning (e.g., as a teaching assistant)
  • excellent communication skills in English (German speaking skills are not necessary)

If you fit this profile and are passionate about research and teaching, then we would love to hear from you. Women are particularly encouraged to apply. To apply, please send an email with your CV and any other relevant material to: seuken@ifi.uzh.ch

All applications received by December 6, 2021 will be considered. Applications received afterwards will be considered until the position is filled. If you do not hear back from us by December 13, then you have not advanced to the interview round. The final hiring decision is expected to be made until the end of December 2021. The position is immediately available. The latest possible starting date is February 14, 2021.  Further information about the research group is available online at: http://www.ifi.uzh.ch/ce.

Prof. Dr. Sven Seuken
University of Zurich and ETH AI Center

PhD Positions

We are currently not hiring new PhD students. At the earliest, new PhD positions will be advertised in Spring 2022.