Senior Researcher (PostDoc) Machine Learning for Query Optimization
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
(SOE) emphasises topics which will be relevant in the future. Our 13 institutes and centers
guarantee superior-quality education, research and development with a focus on the areas of
energy, mobility, information and health.
Since 2013 the 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
(www.zhaw.ch/datalab). Within the Research Group Information Engineering of the Institute of
Applied Information Technology (www.zhaw.ch/init), we are looking for a highly motivated and
excellent candidate as:
Senior Researcher (PostDoc) Machine
Learning for Query Optimization)
Your responsibilities will be
Contribute to research projects in the area of machine learning-based query optimization for
relational databases and graph databases (RDF triple stores)
Collaborate with and guide researchers at Zurich University of Applied Sciences, University
of Konstanz and ETH Zurich
Establish a strong research track record as well as a successful footprint in technology
The successful candidate has completed a PhD degree in computer science (either in databases
or machine learning). The person must have a strong track record in the fields of relational
databases, graph databases and machine learning.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 strong 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
We offer a competitive, technically stimulating, and exciting environment as part of joint project
called "GraphQueryML: Machine Learning-Based Query Optimization for Graph Databases",
which is a collaboration between Zurich University of Applied Sciences, University of Konstanz
and ETH Zurich. The position is for a duration of 3 years. A major responsibility is to advance
the research agenda at the intersection of database research and machine learning – in particular
how to advance query optimization techniques which are often considered as the "brain"
of a database.
The candidate will have the opportunity to establish partnerships with industry 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. ZHAW offers its employees a flexible annual working
time model and places for children and infants in supervised day care centres.
Do you have any questions about this position?
For additional information, please contact Prof. Dr. Kurt Stockinger, phone +41 58 934 49 79,
Are you interested?
"If you would like to apply, please use the online platform to send your full application, attn. Sarah Stüdli, Recruiting Manager in Winterthur. Please be advised that
we only consider applications via our online-platform and not by mail or by e-mail.
For more information, please visit www.zhaw.ch.