23. March 2021

Pro2Future: Research position for PhD candidates within the topic “Cognitive Decision Support“


Pro²Future - Products and Production Systems of the Future - is an industry-related and independent research centre in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive / industrial ICT with a focus on cognitive products and production systems. These are supported by the areas of Perception and Aware Systems, Cognitive Robotics and Shop Floors, and Cognitive Decision Making. Further fields of activity of the centre cover mechatronic systems, embedded systems, pervasive computing systems and big data analytics.

To broaden and support our research team and activities in the field of data-driven decision support we are currently offering of a

Research position
for PhD candidates within the topic “Cognitive Decision Support“
Full-time (38,5hours/week), at Pro2Future GmbH in Graz (Campus of Graz, University of Technology)

Project context
Developing and evaluating AI methods for causality analysis and counterfactual-based explanations. Together with an internationally renowned industrial partner from the textile industry, we are investigating how ML/DL methods can be used to analyze large amounts of data from industrial processes, identify the causal structure within these processes and provide methods to help a human decision-maker understand what might have happened if he or she had acted differently in a particular situation in the past (counterfactual-based explanations). In this context, feature selection and extraction methods for obtaining process-describing features as well as ML/DL methods for predicting the processes and causality analysis are to be researched, developed, and applied.

Job profile
The successful candidate will be engaged in computational data analysis and data-driven projects. To this end, one or more of the following skills are required: good knowledge of machine learning, deep learning, and statistical methods for data analysis. Experience in the field of mathematics, as well as software devel-opment are also of advantage. The successful candidate seeks an ambitious activity in industry-driven research and is particularly willing to obtain a PhD under supervision of Prof. Dr. Stefanie Lindstaedt and co-supervision of Ass.-Prof. Dr. Roman Kern at TU Graz.
The successful candidate will work within an interdisciplinary project team consisting of experts including the industrial partners, project management and scientific partners. The candidate plays a major role in shaping and executing the projects’ research agenda. Project work will also involve collaboration and knowledge exchange with Pro²Future partners, several allied international research groups as well as participating in the international research community.

Your qualifications

  • A university-level degree in Computer Science, Information and Computer Engineering, Mathematics, or similar
  • Experience and practical proficiency with programming languages and tools (e.g., Python, Java, C++, C#, R, Git, etc.)
  • High interest in research and technology
  • High motivation, self-initiative, and sense of responsibility, being a team player
  • Fluent in English or German
  • Flexibility, willingness to learn, openness and commitment

Our offer

  • The opportunity to work in a highly qualified, international, young, and dynamic research team
  • Collaboration in innovative, beyond-state-of-the-art research projects, Member of Research-Buddy-System
  • Support for your ongoing studies - in content and organisation - possibility for part-time
  • Opportunity for personnel development in a learning and respectful environment
  • Great emphasis on gender, diversity, and equal opportunities
  • Flexible working hours, flat organizational structures, fun at work
  • Full-time gross salary per month EUR 3,100.00 EUR

Pro2Future GmbH aims to increase the proportion of women in the research area - we are therefore particularly looking forward to applications from qualified women!

Further details on this position can be found in the job description.


Pro2Future GmbH
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz

Inffeldgasse 25F/1.OG
8010 Graz

Tel.: +43 664 / 8889 2189