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Doctoral researcher/PhD student or postdoctoral researcher in Knowledge Representation

 The Analytic Computing group at University of Stuttgart, Germany, invites applications for a full-time position as a

doctoral researcher/PhD student or PostDoc (100% TV-L E 13)for 2 years.

The open position is in the interdisciplinary DFG project COFFEE – “collaborative forgetting for product development,” which is a part of the DFG priority program “intentional forgetting in organizations.” The goal of COFFEE is to develop methods for the modification of ontology-based knowledge bases and their application in product development in mechanical engineering.

What We Will Offer

We provide you with a friendly but challenging interdisciplinary research environment and support your academic career. You may elect to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of Stuttgart parallel to working in this position.


Applicants for the position are required to have an M.Sc. in computer science or in a related field as well as an interest in and introductory experience with formal logic. Experience in creating and using ontologies and knowledge of various description logics is also beneficial. Suitable applicants will be scientifically curious, have a wide range of interests, enjoy working with colleagues from other disciplines, and be able to accurately identify and carefully solve scientific computing problems and issues using their own skills. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in an international team are indispensable for the position. The University of Stuttgart would like to increase the number of women in the scientific field and is therefore particularly interested in applications from women. Severely disabled persons are given priority in the case of equal suitability. The employment process of scientific employees is carried out by the university’s central administration.


The salary amounts to German TV-L E 13, which starts at approx. 50,000 Euro income per year (before taxation).

More Information

Personal inquires can be directed to Prof. Staab.


Please submit your application in one PDF file including:

  • a motivation/cover letter that highlights why you are the right fit for this specific position
  • a curriculum vitae
  • if possible, scans of all your original final transcripts and diploma certificates (or stamped, official translations) from each university degree (Bachelor, Master, etc.).Otherwise, please send unofficial documents and translations as available.

Applications submitted before January 20 will receive preferential treatment. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send your application email with the subject “Application COFFEE” to:

Information on handling applicant data in accordance with Art. 13 DS-GVO can be found at: