Wednesday, August 15, 2018

[DMANET] PhD Position in Algorithmic Game Theory/Machine Learning at University of Zurich, Switzerland

The Computation and Economics Research Group at the University of
Zurich is inviting applications for

**1 fully funded PhD position in Computer Science (Algorithmic
Game Theory + Machine Learning).**

The position will be funded by a new **ERC Starting Grant** on
"Machine Learning-based Market Design" led by Prof. Dr. Sven Seuken.
The successful applicant will join a team of 3 PhD students and
1 PostDoc jointly working on this research project over a time period
of 4-5 years.

Market design is a research field that combines techniques from
computer science, game theory, operations research, and other fields.
Its goal is to design new, well-functioning marketplaces or repair
ones that are broken. In our research group, we study foundational
market design questions from an algorithmic and game-theoretic
perspective. Current group members work on a variety of projects
including combinatorial auctions, data markets, cloud computing
markets, financial markets, and equilibrium finding algorithms. The
focus of this position will be on the intersection of machine learning,
market design, and algorithmic game theory. We publish our research in
the top international conferences and journals in the areas of AI and
Economics and Computation. In some projects, we also collaborate with
industrial partners such as Google and Microsoft.

We offer:
- a team of young and highly motivated colleagues who are passionate
about topics at the intersection of computer science and game theory
(in particular: market design)
- a competitive salary of approximately 53,000 Euro per year
- generous support for professional travel and research needs
- an opportunity to take graduate level courses at the University of
Zurich and ETH Zurich
- an opportunity to gain teaching and mentoring experience
- strong support for your professional/career development (including
research internships)
- an attractive work environment both within the research group and
beyond: the University of Zurich is one of Switzerland's leading
universities in the middle of a vibrant, cosmopolitan city that
regularly ranks as one of the cities with the highest quality of life
in the world.

You have:
- a master's degree in computer science or a related field (e.g.,
mathematics, economics, or operations research). Highly qualified
students with a bachelor's degree may also apply.
- an interest in topics at the intersection of computer science and
game theory
- strong mathematical skills and a good background in
theoretical computer science
- excellent communication skills in English (German speaking skills
are not necessary)
- prior knowledge in game theory, machine learning, or optimization
is desirable but not required.

If you fit this profile, like challenging tasks, and are passionate
about research, then we would love to hear from you. Women are
particularly encouraged to apply. To submit your application,
please go to:

All applications received by August 28, 2018 will be considered.
Applications received afterwards will be considered until both
positions are filled. The preferred starting date is September 17,
but the exact starting date is negotiable. Further
information about the research group is available online at:

Sven Seuken

Sven Seuken, PhD
Associate Professor of Computation and Economics
Department of Informatics
University of Zurich

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