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Foundation-oriented development of theory and methods in the fields of causal inference and deep learning

Starting date

1 April 2023

Duration of contract

3 years


up to German TVöD 13

Type of employment


The focus of the DLR Institute for Data Science in Jena is to find solutions for the major challenges of the digitalisation age. The research focuses on the areas of data extraction and mobilisation, data management and preparation, and data analysis and intelligence.

The "Causal Inference" group at German Aerospace Center’s Institute of Data Science develops theoretical foundations, algorithms, and accessible software tools for causal inference and machine learning and closely works with domain experts. Causal inference is a challenging and promising research field in artificial intelligence and its application to a broad range of domains will have a high impact both to advance science and to address topics of critical importance for the society. The core methodological topics include causal inference and causal discovery for spatio-temporal dynamical systems, machine learning, deep learning, and nonlinear time series analysis. But the methods are flexible and open for your ideas!

The goal of this position is to develop theory and methods at the intersection of causal inference and deep learning, in particular for so-called "causal representation learning".

Your tasks include:

  • development of theory and methods at the intersection of causal inference and deep learning
  • implementation of methods in well-documented software
  • collaboration in the application of methods in different domains
  • publication of results in peer-reviewed journals
  • presentation of results on national and international conferences

Your work performance will be 10 hours/week.

Your qualifications:

  • Master in mathematics, statistics, physics, computer science, data science, machine learning or a similar field of study
  • deep knowledge on machine learning, in particular deep learning, and causal inference
  • track-record of publications in journals or at renowned conferences with peer-review process
  • excellent written and oral English
  • willingness to travel
  • pronounced communication skills desirable
  • ideally very good pogramming skills

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. Jakob Runge
Institute of Data Science

Phone: +49 3641 30960-112

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