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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Faculty IV - Institute of Software Engineering and Theoretical Computer Science/ Database Systems and Information

3 positions - Research Assistant - salary grade E 13 TV-L Berliner Hochschulen

under the reserve that funds are granted - part-time employment may be possible

As part of the federal government’s AI strategy, a leading center for cutting-edge research has been established in Berlin. In terms of its areas of work, the Institute for the Foundations of Learning and Data (BIFOLD pursues three major objectives:
- top level research in the areas of Big Data and machine learning and their interfaces
- the development of technologies, tools and systems to firmly anchor the topic of AI in science as well as business and society
- training and educating the AI experts so urgently required internationally.
(Source TU Berlin Press release No. 5/2020)

Work­ing field:

In the context of BIFOLD -- in cooperation with other institutions from Berlin and internationally -- we are investigating a number of different methods for declarative specification and automatic optimization, parallelization and hardware adaptation of analysis procedures on large, heterogeneous data sets with high data rates. Our research focuses on data analysis and programming models that allow analysts or data scientists to develop analyses even without knowledge of system programming. Among other things, we want to investigate how automatic optimization can be used to efficiently run a data analysis program without changes on massively distributed environments as well as on simple CPUs or multicore computer systems. One of the main focus is on the efficient processing of complex data analyses (e.g., iterations and distributed state computations) that occur in machine learning, signal processing, speech processing, or mathematical programming applications. The technologies developed within BIFOLD will be validated with partners using several use cases -- for example in the fields of information-based medicine or information marketplaces -- and made available to the public as an open source project. Within the scope of these activities, there is also the possibility of extensive cooperation with leading research institutions and companies. The BIFOLD-BBDC focuses on Big Data Management, Big Data architectures and benchmarking processing of high data volumes and low latency, Novel hardware architectures for information management; Scalable processing and optimization of declarative data analysis programs; Scalable infrastructures for data science and artificial intelligence.


Successfully completed university degree (Master, Diplom or equivalent) in computer science, industrial engineering, or business informatics. Candidates should ideally have knowledge in programming languages, compilers, distributed systems, benchmarking, and systems evaluation. Knowledge in mathematics, statistics, analytics, and project management is highly appreciated. Candidates Should have the willingness to work in a leading research area at the forefront of technical innovation, interest in establishing the research results achieved in practical application. It is expected to support the coordination tasks in the research project with regard to permanent progress control and interaction with the project management organization. Candidates should have team work spirit and excellent English language skills for working in our international team. Good command of German are desirable for the documentation of research results.

How to ap­ply:

Please send your application with the reference number and the usual documents only by email (in a single pdf file, max 5 MB) to Prof. Dr. Markl at

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To ensure equal opportunities between women and men, applications by women with the required qualifications are explicitly desired. Qualified individuals with disabilities will be favored. The TU Berlin values the diversity of its members and is committed to the goals of equal opportunities.

Technische Universität Berlin - Der Präsident - Fakultät IV, Institut für Softwaretechnik und Theoretische Informatik, FG Datenbanksysteme und Informationsmanagement (DIMA),
Prof. Dr. Markl, Sekr. E-N 7, Einsteinufer 17, 10587 Berlin