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Management position, Scientific activities / projects

Head of Group with substantial knowledge of AI

Starting date


Duration of contract

2 years with the possibility of extension and a permanent contract


up to German TVöD 14

Type of employment

Full-time (part-time possible)

The Institute for AI Safety and Security provides research and development services in the field of AI-related methods, processes, algorithms and execution environments. The focus is on ensuring safety and security for AI-based solutions in ambitious application classes. “Safety and security by design” is a central aspect in this context, since it directly supports future requirements of safety-critical applications that are based on AI or integrate AI-based components.

Main Research Areas of the Institute for AI Safety and Security are:

  • Development processes and methods for safety-critical AI applications
  • Robust and reliable approaches to safeguard AI methods and algorithms
  • Safety and security in the context of AI-based applications
  • Management and use of sensitive data
  • Execution environments for AI-based applications
  • Innovative computation methods.

At the Institute for AI Safety and Security you will lead a group which strives for innovative AI methods and algorithms. In particular these methods and algorithms should be suitable to be applied in application classes with high requirements regarding safety as well as security. To do so, you and your team will work on the relationships between existing norms / standards for the development of safety-critical systems and current research activities on explainable AI and hybrid AI solutions. "Safety / Security by Design" is a concept that shapes your method and algorithm-oriented research. In the future, your findings are essential for applications in e.g. Aeronautics and Space as well as in the application areas Energy and Transport. To implement and set up demonstrators, you will work closely together with experts from other branches of the Institute for AI Safety and Security as well as the DLR. This allows an in-depth evaluation of your results in the context of practically relevant applications.

By this you contribute to the safety-oriented introduction of AI-based solutions in ambitious application classes.

The possibility to further extend an already higher scientific qualification level will be offered.

Your qualifications:

  • Degree in computer science, mathematics, physics, engineering or comparable disciplines from a scientific university as well as a PhD and/or several years of experience
  • Substantial competencies in various areas of AI
  • Knowledge of AI-oriented standardization activities
  • Knowledge in the context of safety assessments
  • Experience in the acquisition of scientific projects and working within those projects
  • Experience in leading scientific staff
  • Proficiency in English, both spoken and written
  • Competencies for structuring complex scientific work areas
  • Experience in the context of scientific projects
  • Experience in the use of simulation tools and the implementation of software solutions

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalleled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (f/m/x). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Prof. Dr. Frank Köster
Institute for AI Safety and Security

Phone: +49 531 295-3523

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Vacancy 54356

HR department Cologne

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DLR location Sankt Augustin

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