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Research Associate (f/m/d) Knowledge Graphs and Dynamic Logics for AI in Manufacturing

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Job Description

Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Research Unit "AI-based Methodology for the Fast Maturation of Immature Manufacturing Processes" FOR5339 was recently established at KIT and Fraunhofer institutes.

The research group Web Science deals with the development and application of artificial intelligence (AI) methods. This includes the semantic representation of knowledge through knowledge graphs, machine learning, and the processing of natural language.

You will be part of a large, interdisciplinary team from the fields of production engineering and computer science and explore fundamentally new approaches in seven sub-projects to make the complex development phases of new production processes faster, more cost-effective and efficient through the targeted use of AI methods.

Your activities include research in the field of Semantic Web/Linked Data/Knowledge Graphs for manufacturing. Your work will be to investigate novel methods in order to answer hybrid queries on semantic (i.e. factual) and physical knowledge (as represented in physical models based rooted in differential equations) from asset administration shells and digital twins using AI methods.

In addition to research work, you are also active in teaching, especially Artificial Intelligence, and you participate in science administration.

There is the possibility of pursuing a doctorate.

Personal qualification

You have a degree (Master) in Industrial Engineering and Management, Informatics/Computer Science, Business Informatics, or in related fields. Ideally, you have experience in:

  • Semantic Technologies or symbolic Artificial Intelligence
  • Formal Methods to model dynamic systems

and you are interested in topics including:

  • Manufacturing
  • Question answering
  • Large Language Models
  • Research data management
  • Asset administration shells and digital twins

Programming experience is highly advantageous. On top, you can excel using a high level of self-motivation and the ability to work in a team. A very good command of the English language in speech and writing completes your profile. Proficiency in German is very welcome.


The remuneration occurs on the basis of the wage agreement of the civil service in EG-13, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.

Starting date

as soon as possible

Contract duration


Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Dr. Tobias Käfer/en.


Please apply via e-mail to Tobias Käfer/en with your relevant documents (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, certificates, if possible with master’s thesis or its draft and GitHub profile). . The positions are open until filled.

We prefer to balance the number of employees (f/m/d). Therefore, we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job.

Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.

Job Type

PhD-Students / Research Associates

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Contact Person

Tobias Käfer

Research Group

Web Science

Closing Date for Applications