Open Positions (PhD Students + PostDocs)

We are always looking for exceptional applicants to join our team as PhD students or as PostDocs.

2 Open PhD Positions


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

 

fully funded PhD positions in Computer Science (Algorithmic Game Theory + AI/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 these new positions will be on the intersection of AI/machine learning, market design, and algorithmic game theory. Most of our projects are funded by the ERC and the Swiss National Science Foundation. We have an international network of collaborators, including at companies such as Google and Microsoft. We publish in the top conferences and journals in 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)
  • a competitive salary of approximately 55,000 Euro per year
  • generous social benefits (PhD students are regular employees with a pension plan)
  • generous support for professional travel and research needs
  • an excellent research environment (including access to multiple large-scale CPU and GPU clusters)
  • an opportunity to gain teaching and mentoring experience
  • strong support for your professional/career development
  • 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. To submit your application, please go to: http://www.ifi.uzh.ch/en/ce/jobs/phd.html

 

The positions will be open until filled. To receive full consideration, applications should be submitted by June 18, 2020. The preferred starting date is September 2020, but the exact starting date is flexible/negotiable. Further information is available online at: http://www.ifi.uzh.ch/ce. For inquiries about the positions, please contact seuken@ifi.uzh.ch.

 

Job Advertisement (PDF, 127 KB)

 

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

Two Open PostDoc Positions


The Computation and Economics Research Group at the University of Zurich (UZH) led by Prof. Dr. Sven Seuken is inviting applications for

2 PostDoc positions in (a) Machine Learning and (b) Economics and Computation/Algorithmic Game Theory.

About us: The group currently consists of one professor and 9 PhD students. All group members have a strong background in mathematics/computer science and work on market design research questions. 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 combinatorial auctions, data markets, cloud computing markets, financial markets, equilibrium finding algorithms, and machine learning-powered market mechanisms. We publish our research in the top international conferences and journals in the areas of AI and Economics and Computation. 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 computer science and game theory (in particular: market design)
  • a competitive salary of approximately 90,000 Euro per year
  • generous social benefits (PostDocs are regular employees with a pension plan)
  • generous support for professional travel and research needs
  • an excellent research environment (including access to multiple large-scale CPU and GPU clusters)
  • no teaching requirements; but if desired, an opportunity to gain teaching and mentoring experience
  • strong support for your professional/career development
  • 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 PhD degree in computer science or a related field (e.g., mathematics, economics, or operations research)
  • an excellent publication record in your field
  • a passion for research at the intersection of computer science and game theory
  • excellent communication skills in English (German speaking skills are not necessary)

For the PostDoc in Machine Learning we are accepting applications from all candidates with a PhD who have a strong background in Machine Learning. The successful candidate will join the ERC project on "Machine Learning-based Market Design." On a high level, the research question to be investigated in this project is how we can combine techniques from machine learning with market design to develop better market mechanisms, but the candidate is also expected to develop his/her own research agenda. Additionally, the candidate is expected to collaborate with the PhD students working in the ERC project. The ideal candidate has already published multiple papers in the top ML/AI conferences such as ICML, NeurIPS, KDD, AAAI, or IJCAI. Prior research experience in Algorithmic Game Theory/Economics and Computation is desirable but not required because other team members of the ERC project already have a strong background in these topics. The exact starting date is flexible/negotiable. The duration of the position is between 1 and 4 years, depending on the candidate’s career plans.

For the PostDoc in Economics and Computation/Algorithmic Game Theory we are accepting applications from all candidates with a PhD in the area of Economics and Computation/Algorithmic Game Theory. This includes candidates who do theory, AI, OR, empirical or experimental work. The candidate will be able to work on his/her own research agenda but is also expected to collaborate with other members of the research group. The duration of this position is between 1 and 6 years, depending on the candidate's background and career plans.

If you fit one of these profiles, like challenging tasks, and are passionate about research, then we would love to hear from you. Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates who fit both positions can apply to either of the two positions and can mention their "fit to both positions" in the cover letter. To submit your application, please go to: http://www.ifi.uzh.ch/en/ce/jobs/postdoc.html

The positions will be open until filled. To receive full consideration, applications should be submitted by June 18, 2020. Further information about the research group is available online at: http://www.ifi.uzh.ch/ce. For inquiries about the positions, please contact seuken@ifi.uzh.ch.

Job Advertisement (PDF, 151 KB)

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