AIRO Young Opportunity

12 Jan 2020
TU Chemnitz
PhD-Position in Mathematical Optimization, SFB/CRC 1410 "Hybrid
Societies", TU Chemnitz

Starting: March 1, 2020
Duration: 46 month (until Dezember 31,2023
Salary level: TV-L 13, 75%
Application closing date: January 12, 2020
Official Announcement:
Research Group: Algorithmic and Discrete Mathematics (Christoph Helmberg), Department of Mathematics

Research in the CRC 1410 Hybrid Societies pertains to the interaction
with Embodied Digital Technologies (EDTs) as artificial bodies moving in
real or virtual environments (
). Interdisciplinary research in the
CRC is guided by two leading questions to ultimately ensure smooth and
efficient encounters between humans and embodied technologies in hybrid
societies: What is required so that humans can coordinate with EDTs as
smoothly as with conspecifics? How to design EDTs to meet these
requirements? Cooperating researchers from psychology, engineering,
computer science, human movement science, linguistics and gesture
studies, sociology, law studies, physics, and mathematics scientifically
inquire the interaction of humans with EDTs from the level of single
actions up to the attribution of intentionality.

Within the project "Mathematical Methods to Extract Information from
High-dimensional Data" this position will focus on developing graph
partitioning approaches for locating metastable states within a Markov
model of time series transitions on a discretized state space. Jointly
with two further mathematical researchers who concentrate on
stochastic/statistical and on function approximation techniques, the
successful applicant will interact closely with other CRC members on
analyzing the time series data generated in experiments to explore the
possibilities of autonomous systems to recognize human intentions and
reactions. The mathematical research topic of this position will be new
semidefinite approaches for optimizing spectral graph parametes related
to graph partitioning.

Researchers in the CRC Hybrid Societies contribute to the CRC’s joint
research activities and actively participate, for instance, in research
colloquia, lecture series, and workshops. The doctoral position includes
the enrollment in the CRC's doctoral program.


* University degree (Master/Diploma or equivalent) in Mathematics,
Computer Science, or a similar background
* Basic knowledge of discrete and/or convex optimization will be of
* Experience with and a strong interest in programming (e,g, in C++)
is a plus
* Strong motivation for contributing to science in interdisciplinary
* Fluent in English (both written and spoken)

Application procedure:

Applicants should send their complete application documents including a
motivation letter (1 page) with a brief description of personal
qualifications and research interests, a tabular curriculum vitae,
copies of degree certificates and academic transcripts, a publication
list if applicable, and abstracts of Bachelor- and Master-/diploma
theses (1-2 pages) preferably as a single pdf-file via email (stating:
*“CRC1410_E01_admath”*) to helmberg at
. The closing date for
applications is *January 12th 2020*. Please, do not include links in
electronic applications. Please, send copies only. Original documents
will not be returned.

Chemnitz University of Technology
Faculty of Mathematics
Professorship of Algorithmic and Discrete Mathematics
Prof. Dr. Christoph Helmberg
09107 Chemnitz
helmberg at