PhD Position for Mathematics and Machine Learning


Number 846
Title PhD Position for Mathematics and Machine Learning (m/f)
  We are looking for a Researcher (f/m) to join our S3AI team at SCCH ( with expertise in machine/deep learning and mathematics.
About S3AI S3AI is an Austrian fundamental research project starting in January 2020 with a budget of about 3.7 Mio Euro and 10 PhDs with strong focus on mathematical aspects as well as privacy preserving machine learning. S3AI will provide the foundations required to build secure and safe shared artificial intelligence systems: methods for privacy preservation, protection against adversarial attacks and guarantees for the system’s intended behavior.
About SCCH SCCH is a non-profit R&D center in Austria with focus on data and software science, funded by the Austrian COMET program. Our research services help our industrial partners to become early adopters of cutting-edge technologies in software science and artificial intelligence. We are proud to be recognized as a competent partner for excellent research and innovative solutions. Additionally, the SCCH is strongly networked with scientific and industrial partners all over the world.
Your role

Our approach is based on transfer learning and algebraic geometry by exploiting geometric structures (tessellation) in the input space induced by deep learning models. As outcome we expect theoretical frameworks and analysis tools at the intersection of mathematics, deep learning and information security regarding a) novel Deep Neuronal Networks architectures and related learning strategies for privacy preserving collaborative AI, b) novel defense strategies against adversarial attacks, and c) novel measures of confidence.

You get integrated into a team of about 10 researchers aiming at a PhD degree within four years, supervised by a team of experienced researchers in the field hosted at the research institutions: SCCH (coordinator), RISC, RICAM and ML institutes at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz, University of Cagliari and University of Leuven. 


We expect:

  • Master degree of related field of study
  • 2 years of experience in software development (Python)
  • ambitious in research and problem solving
  • good knowledge of English; German is a plus
  • hands-on team player
  • proactive (wo)man of action

Interested? Apply and convince us! We are looking forward to your application.


The minimum gross salary is EUR 3.146,--, 14-times a year for full-time employment. The actual salary depends on the qualification.

  We aim at increasing the number of women in our organization and would be glad to fill this position with a female researcher.