PhD Position in Dynamic and Distributed Information System

University of Zurich Department of Informatics


Department of Informatics DDIS

PhD Position
80-100 %

Do you want to invent the future of Democracy?

Do you think technology can help make democracies better?

Then this job ad is for you!

Your responsibilities

The Ph.D. student will work in the context of a new SNSF interdisciplinary project that will address the topics of democratic issue identification, deliberation, and democratic proposal co-creation. The Ph.D. student will investigate hybrid human-machine systems that cultivate, coordinate, and support participants using coordination technology and artificial intelligence (AI) in the context of real-world democratic processes. The Ph.D. student will work in close collaboration with other Ph.D. students from the disciplines of computer science, political science, and law.
In the tradition of our research group to explore both the technical and the behavioral dimension of computer science, we are seeking an interested Ph.D. student to investigate the traditional computer science approach, as well as human behavior, specifically in the realm of computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW).

Your profile

  • MSc in Computer Science or a related discipline (such as information systems or human-computer interaction); the degree should be attained by the time you start the position
  • A passion for discovering new things
  • Experience in the areas of AI, semantic web technologies, machine learning, and/or behavioral analyses such as running experiments with human subjects or surveys are considered a plus but are not strictly necessary.

What we offer

  • A highly exciting, timely, and societally important as well as meaningful research topic
  • A diverse and multi-disciplinary research group of highly motivated colleagues who are passionate about topics at the intersection of computer science, AI, and social science
  • Strong support for your professional/career development
  • 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.
  • Generous support for professional travel and research needs

Place of work

Binzm├╝hlestrasse 14, 8050 Z├╝rich, Switzerland

Start of employment

Employment start date to be mutually agreed.

To apply, please gather your curriculum vitae, all grade transcripts, selected publications (if available), a list of at least three references, and your BSc/MSc theses as PDF files and go to

The University of Zurich is committed to enhancing the number of women in scientific positions and, therefore, particularly invites women to apply. Women who are as qualified for the position in question as male applicants will be given priority.

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