Department of Informatics - Computation and Economics Research Group
2 PhD Positions in Computer Science (Algorithmic Game Theory + AI/Machine Learning) 100 %
In our research group, we study foundational market design questions from an algorithmic and game-theoretic perspective. Current group members work on a variety of projects including machine learning-based combinatorial auctions, data markets, cloud computing markets, financial markets, and equilibrium finding algorithms.
Most of our projects are funded by the ERC and the Swiss National Science Foundation. We have an international network of collaborators, including at companies such as Google and Microsoft. We publish in the top conferences and journals in AI and Economics and Computation.
Market design is a research field that combines techniques from computer science, game theory, operations research, and other fields. Its goal is to design new, well-functioning marketplaces or repair ones that are broken.
The focus of these two positions will be on the intersection of AI/machine learning, market design, and algorithmic game theory. You will work with Prof. Dr. Sven Seuken on high-impact market design research projects.
a master's degree in computer science or a related field (e.g., mathematics, economics, or operations research). Highly qualified students with a bachelor's degree may also apply.
strong mathematical skills and a good background in theoretical computer science
an interest in topics at the intersection of computer science and game theory
excellent communication skills in English (German speaking skills are not necessary)
prior knowledge in game theory, machine learning, AI, or optimization is desirable but not required.
What we offer
a team of young and highly motivated colleagues who are passionate about topics at the intersection of computer science and game theory (in particular: market design)
a competitive salary of approximately 55,000 Euro per year and generous social benefits
generous support for professional travel and research needs
an opportunity to gain teaching/mentoring experience and support for your career development
an attractive work environment both within the research group and beyond: the University of Zurich is one of Switzerland's leading universities in the middle of a vibrant, cosmopolitan city that regularly ranks as one of the cities with the highest quality of life in the world.
Place of work
University of Zurich Department of Informatics Binzmuehlestrasse 14 8050 Zurich
Start of employment
The preferred employment starting date is September 2020, but the exact starting date is flexible/negotiable. All applications received by June 18, 2020 will be considered. Applications received afterwards will be considered until the position is filled.
If you fit this profile, like challenging tasks, and are passionate about research, then we would love to hear from you. Women are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications are *not* accepted through this website (i.e., do *not* click on the "apply now" button). Instead, to submit your application,please go to the following website: Application for PhD Student Position.