PhD in Conversational AI (m/f/d)

University of St. Gallen
March 23, 2023
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PhD in Conversational AI (m/f/d)

70% (unlimited, by 01.04.2023)

Your tasks

The Chair of Data Science and Natural Language Processing (Prof. Siegfried Handschuh) invites for applications for a PhD position as part of the recently granted Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) research project “Conversational AI: Dialogue-based Adaptive Argumentative Writing Support”. You will contribute to its successful implementation, as well as the chair's varied activities in teaching and outreach.

  • You work on your doctoral thesis in the area of Conversational AI and Argument Mining.
  • You contribute to current research activities of our group in the area of Data Science and NLP.
  • You publish in international, peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.
  • You support the teaching activities of our group, including the supervision of bachelor's and master's theses.
  • Secondary Tasks:

  • You support the Chair in industrial research and knowledge transfer
  • You collaborate with other researchers on interdisciplinary projects.
  • You assist the Chair in organizing workshops, seminars, and conferences.
  • You engage in outreach activities to promote the Chair's research and increase its visibility.
  • You participate in grant writing and proposal development activities.
  • Your profile
  • You have a university-level master degree in Computer Science, Computational Linguistics, Data Science or related disciplines.
  • You have a strong background in Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing; knowledge of Deep Learning architectures (e.g., Transformer, BERT) and frameworks (e.g., PyTorch, Tensorflow) is a plus.
  • You have good programming skills in Python.
  • Desirable qualifications include one or more of the following areas: Chatbots, Argument Mining and Text Generation.
  • You have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • You have a strong analytical, structured and independent working style, as well as first experience in writing scientific papers.
  • Our research at the Data Science and NLP Chair at the Institute of Computer Science focuses on the cutting-edge field of natural language processing and natural language understanding. Our group delves into various aspects, including conversational AI, large language models, intricate language analysis, knowledge graphs and more. Utilising sophisticated methods and algorithms, we aim to extract deeper knowledge and understanding from vast amounts of textual and auditory data. Our research also examines the cognitive elements of NLP and its practical applications across a range of industries.

    We are looking forward to your online-application. apply here

    Inspirational Work Environment Executive Education Network Family & Career Equal Opportunities Fit and Healthy Inspirational Work Environment

    At the HSG, as Europe's leading business university, we operate in an entrepreneurial environment where you will meet highly qualified, ambitious experts - both regionally and internationally. For example, you benefit from a modern IT infrastructure and, in our library via HSGswisscovery, from nationwide access to the wealth of scientific information available.

    Executive Education

    We support internal and external executive education opportunities. Our internal executive education programme offers you a practical, dedicated and didactically mature transfer of knowledge in the form of seminars, e-learning, coaching and collegial advice. We support task-specific external training and executive education financially as well as with regard to the time required.


    We promote our culture of cross-functional collaboration and create space for forging valuable relationships - also with external partners. Regular exchanges and internal events help to strengthen these relationships and make them long-lasting.

    Family & Career

    We provide our employees with flexible work time models with a variable number of hours per week. As a family-friendly employer, we offer part-time positions, 16 weeks of maternity leave and a subsidised crèche, as well as support with childcare during the vacations.

    Equal Opportunities

    The University enables equal opportunities for all employees and students. This applies to degree courses and work, as well as academic careers, university management positions and the reconciliation of studies, work and private commitments. We are committed to this with various measures in the areas of teaching, research, administration and the Presidency.

    Fit and Healthy

    We help you stay fit and healthy. In addition to our diverse range of sports activities at the university, most of which are free of charge, and campaign weeks for corporate health management, we also offer you fruit in the workplace. In our canteen you will find a wide selection of freshly prepared meals - from vegetarian to fish dishes - at discounted prices.

    Further information on working at the HSG can be found here.

    For job-related questions

    Prof. Dr. Siegfried Handschuh Data Science and Natural Language Processing Tel.: +41 71 224 34 40 [email protected]

    «Join our dynamic team where you will have the opportunity to work on thrilling projects at the intersection of science and practical application. Your creativity and ideas will be valued.»

    Dr. Christina Marianne Niklaus Assistant Professor Tel.: +41 71 224 79 20 [email protected]

    «This is an exciting opportunity and we encourage you to apply. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.»

    Your place of work University of St.Gallen

    «A place where knowledge is created» - As one of Europe's leading universities of economics and business administration, the University of St.Gallen (HSG), Switzerland, is committed to the education of over 8800 students. The HSG is one of the largest employers in the region and provides an attractive and innovative environment for more than 3300 researchers, educators and professional staff.

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