PhD Candidate in Natural Language Query Processing for Databases
ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences School of Engineering

Title PhD Candidate in Natural Language Query Processing for Databases (EU-Project INODE)
Employer ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Job location Gertrudstrasse 15, CH-8401 Winterthur
Published August 24, 2019
Application deadline October 22, 2019
Job types PhD
Fields Information Science, Computational Linguistics, Databases, Programming Languages, Machine Learning


Zurich University of Applied Sciences

School of Engineering

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW is one of Switzerland's largest multidisciplinary universities of applied sciences, with over 13,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff.

As one of the leading Engineering Faculties in Switzerland, the ZHAW School of Engineering emphasises topics which will be relevant in the future. Our 13 institutes and centres guarantee superior-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 ( Within the Research Group Information Engineering of the Institute of Applied Information Technology, we are looking for a highly motivated and excellent candidate as:

PhD Candidate in Natural Language Query Processing for Databases (EU-Project INODE)


Your responsibilities:

Contribute to research projects in the area of natural language query processing for databases
Become an expert in applying machine learning technology for novel concepts in database research
Establish a strong research track record as well as a successful footprint in technology transfer
The successful candidate has completed a Master's degree in computer science. She or he must have prior exposure to and strong interest in the fields of databases and natural language query processing. 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 identifying unsolved problems as well as proposing novel ideas for future activities. Particular emphasis is on developing prototypes, experimenting hands-on with data, scientific evaluation and publication of results.

We offer a competitive, technically stimulating, and exciting environment as part of the EU-Project INODE which has a consortium of 9 partners all over Europe. The high-potential candidate will pursue a doctorate in conjunction with a partner university. A major responsibility is to advance the research agenda at the intersection of databases, natural language processing and machine learning. The candidate will have the opportunity to establish partnerships with industry, acquire funding for collaborative research, and to transfer research solutions to enterprise environments. The position will also involve contributing to open source software and presenting results at scientific and industrial conferences. In addition to offering an excellent working environment, we provide intellectual liberty and competitive compensation based on Swiss standards at one of the leading houses for data science research in Switzerland.


Do you have any questions about this position?
For more information regarding the vacancy, please contact Prof. Dr. Kurt Stockinger, Professor of Computer Science, phone: +41 58 934 49 79, email: or visit for further information

Are you interested? If you would like to apply, please use the online platform to send us your complete application, Attn. Esther Huber, HR Consultant, at Winterthur.

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