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Fully funded PhD position in Knowledge Graphs & Cultural Heritage at FIZ Karlsruhe

FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure is an internationally leading provider of scientific information and services. FIZ Karlsruhe is a non-profit GmbH and one of the largest information infrastructure institutions in Germany with approximately 300 employees at two locations in Germany and at one subsidiary in the US.


FIZ Karlsruhe is recruiting for the full-time PhD position in the fields of

- Knowledge Graphs

- Knowledge Extraction

- Natural Language Processing & Machine Learning

starting in March 2020.


Job Description:

The offered position will be in the research department „Information Service Engineering“ at FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure (FIZ/ISE).

The doctorate will be supervised by  Prof. Dr. Harald Sack (FIZ Karlsruhe & Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT, Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods).


FIZ/ISE website:

Prof Dr. Harald Sack's websites at




Teaching (at KIT) is not mandatory, but welcome on a volunteer basis.

Work will be focused on challenging third party funded national and international research projects related to the PhD topic. 

In particular for this position the candidate will work in the project “Transferring the Nuremberg Topographical and Temporal Model into the Public” (TRANSRAZ) funded by the Leibniz Association within the Leibniz Transfer funding programme. The interdisciplinary project combines cultural heritage, historical sciences, semantic technologies, and deep learning. One goal of the project (related to the advertised position) is to interlink 3D reconstructions of the historical city of Nuremburg with external data sources to generate a knowledge graph. 


Qualifications and Skills:

Candidates have an outstanding master´s degree (or an equivalent university degree) in computer science or another discipline relevant for semantic technologies (as e.g. mathematics, computational linguistics, information sciences, computer engineering, etc.) and will target a Ph.D. degree.

We expect eagerness to participate in team work, outstanding analytical competence, strong interest in interdisciplinary research, experience in software engineering, as well as superior organization and communication skills.

Fluency in spoken and written English is required. Language skills in German are nevertheless important and highly welcome. If necessary applicants are expected to improve their English and German language skills through intensive language classes.

Qualified candidates who are about to complete their master degree are also encouraged to apply.


We offer:

A creative, active, internationally renowned research group, support for publication at leading international conferences and journals, excellent supervision in our Ph.D. program, and an outstanding working environment in a new, technically excellent campus. We offer you the chance to shape future-oriented information services in an innovative scientific and technological environment.


Work contract with a salary based on the collective agreement for public sector employees (German Tarifvertrag öffentlicher Dienst (TVöD)), which depends on the candidate’s profile (TVöD-13). The position is limited to two years with an optional extension.


How to apply:

Excellent candidates are invited to apply with: 

- detailed curriculum vitae 

- copies of degree certificates/transcripts (including grade sheets)

- publication record (including DBLP or Google Scholar profile)

- writing samples/copies of relevant scientific papers (e. g. thesis, etc.)

- letters of recommendation (preferably at least two from previous supervisors)

- a statement of interest / letter of motivation covering your research goals and why you think you can contribute particularly to FIZ ISE research.


FIZ Karlsruhe is committed to promoting the careers of women and therefore looks forward to receiving applications by female candidates. FIZ Karlsruhe also positively welcomes applications from suitably qualified disabled people. The position is available from January, 2020. We will consider applications until the position is filled.


More information:


For questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Harald Sack at


Please send your complete application documents by e-mail, quoting the reference number 24/2019, to: 


FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure

Human Resources

Mrs. Nadine Lambert

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1

76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

Phone: +49 7247/808-245