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Open Positions


  • We are offering four full-time researcher positions in various fields like Machine Learning, Data Mining and Ontology Reasoning. 

    Position 1: E-Democracy & Web Mining

    The position belongs to an interdisciplinary research focus „E-Democracy“ at the University of Koblenz-Landau. We aim to understand how the internet affects democracy, how one can support democracy through digitisation, and how one can detect misinformation and violence in political online discourses. More details at . The position is available as of now and time-limited to two years. As a project manager, you will coordinate the research project and actively communicate project results to science and the public. The possibility of habilitation is given. The official job advertisement can be found here:

    Position 2: Machine Learning & Data Mining

    Position no. 2 is part of a research cooperation with an industry partner of WeST. Together we will investigate the potential capabilities of neural networks for various monitoring applications in rail traffic. Details about the intended project can be obtained from Prof. Dr. Steffen Staab ( The position is available as of now and time-limited to three years, subject to finalization of the cooperation contract.

    Position 3: Formal Argumentation and/or Machine Learning

    The position belongs to the DFG-funded project "CAML - Argumentative Machine Learning", which is about enhancing state-of-the-art machine learning approaches with argumentative reasoning. The position is available as of now and time-limited to three years. The possibility of acquiring a PhD is given. Contact person for inquiries is PD Matthias Thimm (

    Position 4: Changes in Ontologies

    The position is part of the interdisciplinary DFG-funded project "EVOWIPE - Explicit Forgetting of Ontology-based Knowledge in Product Development". The aim of the project is to develop methods for the implementation of changes on ontology-based knowledge bases and the application of these methods in product development in mechanical engineering. The position is available as of now and time-limited to two years. The possibility of acquiring a PhD is given.



    We are looking for researchers with a very good master's degree or doctorate from a University (or equivalent). Eligible applicants are interested in many scientific domains, gladly collaborate with colleagues from other scientific disciplines, and can precisely identify and carefully solve computer science-related issues with their well-grounded programming capabilities.
    In addition, 

    • applicants for position 1 should have a very good doctorate from a University (or equivalent). Ideally, you have experience in text and data mining, information extraction, computer linguistics or computational social science. Suitable candidates are interested in a wide range of subjects and enjoy working with colleagues from e-government, political science and psychology, but can also identify the scientific IT problems in the cooperation of these areas precisely and solve them carefully with their own programming skills.
    • applicants for position 2 ideally have experience in one oft he areas of machine learning, neural networks, signal processing and must speak German fluently.
    • Applicants for position 3 should have a background in artificial intelligence, in particular with experience in at least
      * logic-based knowledge representation or
      * machine learning
      Experience in both areas and experience with computational models of argumentation is desirable but not mandatory. 
    • Applicants for position 4 should have interest and initial experience in the field of logic. Ideally, you have experience in the creation and use of ontologies as well as knowledge of different description logics.

    Application Procedure

    Applications submitted before 15th June will be given priority, later applications are possible. Please apply online via using one of the following reference numbers:

    • position 1: reference number 178/2017       
    • position 2: reference number mldm/2017       
    • position 3: reference number caml/2017  
    • position 4: reference number evowipe/2017  
     Questions about the application process can be addressed to

    About Us

    Web Science investigates how the technical structure of the Web affects the activities of its 3.5 billion users and how their manifold interactions stimulate the Web’s technical advancement in return. Founded in 2009, the Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST) combines expertise in research and development in computer science, the social sciences, and economy. The institute is part of the computer science faculty, located at the campus in Koblenz at the University of Koblenz-Landau.
    We offer a creative, versatile, internationally renowned research environment. We support your scientific curiosity and your doctorate or habilitation. We offer a new campus with an excellent IT infrastructure in one of the most livable cities in Germany.

Student Assistants

  • The institute WeST welcomes talented student assistants that have been enroled in the department computer science of our university for at least one semester. We offer positions both in research and teaching and you will get the possibility to be part of a well-coordinated Team.

    If you are interested in a position as a student assistant and are on your second semester or advanced, please send a description of your interests and your qualification as well as a CV to