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Senior Researcher - Natural Language Processing & Machine Learning for Intelligent Information Systems 80 – 100 %

You can be part of innovative research projects in the exciting field of intelligent databases and information systems.

School: School of Engineering
Starting date: by mutual agreement

Your role

  • Contribute to research projects in the area of natural language processing and machine learning for struc-tured and unstructured data, e.g. databases and text documents. 
  • Collaborate with project partners both in academia and industry. 
  • Advance our research prototypes in the area of natural language interfaces for databases (NL-to-SQL, Text-to-SQL) based on neural network architectures. 
  • Study transfer learning and few-shot learning algorithms and apply approaches in a real-world setting with little training data. 
  • Establish a strong research track record as well as a successful footprint in data engineering. 
  • Contribute to grant proposal writing.

Your profile

The successful candidate has completed a Master's or PhD degree in computer science. She or he must have prior exposure to and strong interest in the fields of natural language processing, machine learning and infor-mation systems. We expect a good command as well as a passion for programming. Good communication skills in English are essential; a good command of German is a plus. The ideal candidate is passionate about identify-ing unsolved problems as well as proposing novel ideas for future activities. Emphasis is on developing proto-types, experimenting hands-on with data, scientific evaluation, and publication of results. A major responsibility is to advance the research agenda at the intersection of databases, natural language processing and machine learning. The position will also involve contributing to open-source software and presenting results at scientific and industrial conferences.

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 education and research institutions in Switzerland, the School of Engineering (SoE) focuses on topics relevant to the future. 14 institutes and centres guarantee high-quality education, research and development with a focus on the areas of energy, mobility, information and health.

Since 2013 the Institute of Applied Information Technology has teamed up with five other institutes from three departments to establish one of the first interdisciplinary Data Science Centers in Europe – the ZHAW Datalab. The position is located in the Intelligent Information Systems research group.

What you can expect

We offer working conditions and terms of employment commensurate with higher education institutions and actively promote personal development for staff in leadership and non-leadership positions. A detailed description of advantages and benefits can be found at Working at the ZHAW. The main points are listed below:


Prof. Dr. Kurt Stockinger
Head of Centre, ZHAW Datalab

Samanta Barreiro
Recruiting Manager

Permanent employment
ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Winterthur Region of Winterthur/Schaffhausen 8401