Research Assistant/Associate (f/m/d)

Postdoc (f/m/d)



Stephanie Jansen


0241 80 21601



Lehrstuhl für Informatik 6 (Maschinelles Lernen)

Our Profile

The Representation, Learning, and Planning Lab (RLeap) is a new research lab within the Chair of Machine Learning and Reasoning at RWTH Aachen. The lab and the chair are headed by Prof. Dr. Hector Geffner, an Alexander von Humboldt Professor in the Computer Science Department. The aim of the lab is the development of methods and representations for learning to act and plan in ways in which the learned components can be reused in a flexible and goal-oriented manner. The research is funded by the Humboldt Foundation, an Advanced ERC Grant, and RWTH Aachen, and builds on ideas and methods from different areas in AI and Machine Learning: deep learning and deep reinforcement learning, planning and knowledge representation and logic and and combinatorial optimization. Our approach is a form of top-down representation learning based on a clear separation between what is to be learned and how. More generally, we seek a tight integration of data-based learners and model-based reasoners (solvers) that can inform, enhance, and complement each other in order to make AI systems that are more reliable, more transparent, and more adapted to human interaction.

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We are looking for highly motivated and talented Postdocs with a strong technical background and a track record in these areas that are eager to join us and make a difference in these problems.

Your Profile

You have a doctorate/PhD in computer science or related discipline.

You have a good background in AI and Machine Learning.

You have presented your work at top conferences or leading journals.

You have taken a look at some of our papers.

You have a solid technical background in CS and a strong interest in research in the area.

You are very good programmer and like to do experimental work in CS, but can process theoretical work.

You have a crisp sense of understanding and need to understand things deeply.

You can supervise Bachelor and Master students, and are willing to co-supervise PhD students.

You have excellent language skills (English).


Your Duties and Responsibilities

You will do cutting-edge research in one of the top groups in planning and learning.

You will present your work at top conferences and journals.

You will supervise Bachelor and Master students working on related topics.

You will co-supervise PhD students.

You will have some involvement in teaching.

You will help us in other academic or administrative tasks if needed.


Interested candidates should send a CV, transcripts, contact details of three references, and a research statement  to Stephanie Jansen, preferably to:

What We Offer

The successful candidate will be employed under a regular employment contract.
The position is to be filled at the earliest possible date and offered for a fixed term initially for 2 years.
An extension of the employment is possible.
The fixed-term employment is possible as it constitutes one of the fixed-term options of the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (German Act on Fixed-term Scientific Contracts).
This is a full-time position.
The salary is based on the German public service salary scale (TV-L).
The position corresponds to a pay grade of EG 13 TV-L.

About us

RWTH is a certified family-friendly University. We support our employees in maintaining a good work-life balance with a wide range of health, advising, and prevention services, for example university sports. Employees who are covered by collective bargaining agreements and civil servants have access to an extensive range of further training courses and the opportunity to purchase a job ticket.
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Application deadline:15/07/2023
Mailing Address:RWTH Aachen University
Lehrstuhl für Informatik 6 (Maschinelles Lernen)
Stephanie Jansen
Theaterstraße 35-39
52062 Aachen
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