University assistant predoctoral (all genders welcome) at the Department of Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity

Universität Klagenfurt Veröffentlicht: 15. November 2023
Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Austria
Kennung / Referenznummer
Reference code: 454/23
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The University of Klagenfurt, with approximately 1,500 employees and over 12,000 students, is located in the Alps-Adriatic region and consistently achieves excellent placements in rankings. The motto “per aspera ad astra” underscores our firm commitment to the pursuit of excellence in all activities in research, teaching and university management. The principles of equality, diversity, health, sustainability and compatibility of work and family life serve as the foundation for our work at the university.

The University of Klagenfurt is pleased to announce the following open position at the Department of Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity, Production Systems group, at the Faculty of Technical Sciences with a negotiable starting date, commencing on April 15, 2024, at the latest:

University assistant predoctoral (all genders welcome)

Level of employment: 75 % (30 hours/week)

Minimum salary: € 34,412 per annum (gross); classification according to collective agreement: B1

Limited to: 4 years

Application deadline: December 20, 2023

Reference code: 454/23

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Autonomous scientific work including the publication of research articles in the field of production systems, with a specific emphasis on AI, in particular declarative problem solving, combinatorial search and optimization, planning and scheduling, and related areas
    • Conduct theoretical and practical (empirical) research
    • Aim to submit a dissertation and acquire a doctoral degree
  • Independent teaching and assessment, usually
    • Teaching practical courses
    • Assessment of student work
  • Contribution to organizational and administrative tasks
  • Participation in public relations activities

The successful candidate is expected to pursue a doctoral degree within the thematic doctoral programme Informatics at the University of Klagenfurt. This position serves the purposes of the vocational and scientific education of graduates of Master’s or Diploma degree programmes with the goal of completing a doctoral degree in Technical Sciences. Applications by persons who have already completed a subject-specific doctoral degree can therefore not be considered.

In research and teaching, the research group Production Systems works on innovative methods and applications of Artificial Intelligence in the context of Industry 4.0. A particular focus is laid on the development and advancement of declarative problem solving methods enabling highly flexible planning and control of complex operational tasks in industrial and social environments. Primary research activities concern the conception and implementation of dynamic, interactive and real-time optimization methods, improving the automation and efficiency of production processes, supply chains, and personnel management. The Department of Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity is linked to international partners in science and industry and provides excellent collaboration opportunities. 

Prerequisites for the appointment:

  • Master’s degree at a domestic or foreign higher education institution in computer science or a related field.
    This requirement must be fulfilled two weeks before the starting date at the latest; hence, the last possible deadline for meeting this requirement is April 1, 2024
  • Strong background in one or more of the following fields: declarative problem solving, combinatorial search and optimization, planning and scheduling
  • Solid communication and dissemination skills
  • Fluency in English (both written and spoken)

Additional desired qualifications:

  • Practical experience with declarative problem solving methods (such as answer set, constraint, or integer programming)
  • Programming skills and experience (preferably Python, C++, or Java)
  • Knowledge of and practical experience with sub-symbolic AI methods (such as deep and reinforcement learning)
  • Scientific publication and dissemination experience (in addition to the Master’s thesis)
  • Experience with university teaching (for example tutor, teaching assistant, or even autonomous teaching)

Our offer:

The employment contract is concluded for the position as university assistant (predoctoral) and stipulates a starting salary of € 2,458 gross per month (14 times a year; previous experience deemed relevant to the job can be recognized).

The University of Klagenfurt also offers:

  • Personal and professional advanced training courses, management and career coaching, including bespoke training for women in science
  • Numerous attractive additional benefits, see also
  • Diversity- and family-friendly university culture
  • The opportunity to live and work in the attractive Alps-Adriatic region with a wide range of leisure activities in the spheres of culture, nature and sports

The application:

If you are interested in this position, please apply in English providing the following documents:

  • Letter of application explaining the motivation and including a statement of interest in research (indicating an idea of the research for your own doctoral degree)
  • Curriculum vitae (please do not include a photo)
  • Copies of completed degree certificates (Bachelor and Master)
  • Copies of official transcripts (Bachelor and Master) containing the list of all courses and grades
  • Master’s thesis; if the thesis is not (yet) available, the candidate should provide an explanation
  • Three references (contact details of persons who the university may contact by email or telephone for information purposes)
  • If an applicant has not received the Master’s degree by the application deadline, the applicant should provide a declaration, written by a supervisor or the candidate themselves, on the feasibility of finishing the Master’s degree before April 1, 2024

To apply, please use the >> job portal <<.

Candidates must provide proof that they meet the required qualifications by April 1, 2024, at the latest.

For further information on this specific vacancy, please contact Prof. Dr. Martin Gebser ( General information about the university as an employer can be found at At the University of Klagenfurt, recruitment and staff matters are accompanied not only by the authority responsible for the recruitment procedure but also by the Equal Opportunities Working Group and, if applicable, by the Representative for Disabled Persons.

The University of Klagenfurt aims to increase the proportion of women and therefore specifically invites qualified women to apply for the position. Where the qualification is equivalent, women will be given preferential consideration.

People with disabilities or chronic diseases, who fulfill the requirements, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Travel and accommodation costs incurred during the application process will not be refunded.

Translations into other languages shall serve informational purposes only. Solely the version advertised in the University Bulletin (Mitteilungsblatt) shall be legally binding.

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