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Senior Lecturer Autonomous Learning Systems and Reinforcement Learning (incl. responsibility in research & leadership) 50 – 100 %

With your convincing personality and scientific excellence, you impact research, teaching and continuing education in one of the most dynamic areas of AI internationally. You want to shape – we offer you the freedom to do this.

School: School of Engineering
Starting date: February 2024 or mutual agreement

Your role

  • Research & Development: You shape an independent, method-focused and application-oriented agenda in research and development of national and international appeal that creates impact. Thereby, based on your experience and academic track record, you locate yourself in the field of (deep) reinforcement learning and autonomous learning systems (e.g., software-based agents, machine learning on and for robotic platforms). 
  • Teaching: You develop and teach basic and advanced modules in the bachelor's degree programmes in Computer Science and Data Science, at Master's and PhD level and/or in continuing education. Your outstanding teaching style continuously attracts excellent students to your research group. The share of teaching (incl. direct supervision of students) makes up ca. 50 % of your workload. 
  • Leadership: You build up your own research group and lead it in terms of personnel and finances. Through successful funding acquisition (e.g., EU, Innosuisse, SNF) and as principal investigator you ensure sustainable growth. As a member of the centre board, you take responsibility for the manage-ment of activities at the CAI and take the initiative in specialist committees, associations and the public.

Your profile

  • We are looking for a dynamic personality with charisma who has an excellent international reputation in applied sciences and drives programmes and projects at the CAI. Use cases for your research interests include a broad range of applications, from automation to autonomous mobile systems (airborne or ground-base) 
  • You have a university degree with a doctorate in computer science or a related field with specialist socialisation within artificial intelligence / machine learning. 
  • In addition, you have acquired several years of professional experience in specialist and preferably also leadership positions in industry, have a track record in the management of complex research projects and possess a corresponding network in Switzerland and Europe. 
  • Experience in the field of public speaking or teaching/didactics and, potentially, in the development of teaching programmes is a great advantage; enjoying to teach is obligatory. 
  • We expect a high degree of independence and selfmotivation, initiative and enthusiasm, enjoyment of challenging current issues and a customer- and results-oriented approach to work, as well as English and ideally written and spoken German. 
  • In return, we offer you the opportunity to jointly shape the young research centre in a leading capacity, and we offer you a great deal of freedom, also with regard to working hours and locations (up to 50 % home office). The compatibility of family and career is very important to us.

This is what we stand for

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW is one of Switzerland's largest multidisciplinary universities of applied sciences, with over 14'000 students and 3'400 faculty and staff.

As one of the leading educational and research institutions in Switzerland, the School of Engineering (SoE) focuses on topics relevant to the future. 14 institutes and centres guarantee highquality education, research and development with a focus on the areas of energy, mobility, information and health.
The Centre for Artificial Intelligence (CAI) maintains a growing number of research groups in the areas of Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Perception and Cognition, Autonomous Learning Systems, Trustworthy AI and AI Engineering (see our key areas of research). The CAI conducts method-oriented applied research and development at the highest level in the field of machine learning and is committed to a humancentred approach to artificial intelligence, which actively shapes the ethical dimension.
For this position, a combination with a demanding expert and leadership role in practice (at least 50 % parttime workload at the ZHAW) or a colecturership together with a person with a complementary profile is also possible.

Das dürfen Sie erwarten

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Thilo Stadelmann
Head of Centre, Centre for Artificial Intelligence


Tanja Schmid
Recruiting Manager


ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Winterthur Region Winterthur/Schaffhausen 8400