Department of Mathematics

Professorship (W3) for „Artificial Intelligence in Mathematics“

Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (TUK) is a research university with a focus on engineering and natural sciences, and an international profile. It is the center of the up-and-coming IT hub in the heart of the Palatinate region, which is actively expanding in the areas of future software technologies and artificial intelligence, especially in the field of machine learning.

The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), founded in 1988 at TUK and represented there since then, is a leader in artificial intelligence research and application. Other close partners include the neighbouring Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM, the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE and the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS), as well as innovative companies from the region, Germany and around the world.

Together with the research institutes, TUK forms a tight-knit, collaborative AI campus.

As one of the core elements of the AI strategy of the State Rhineland-Palatinate, the Department of Mathematics at TUK invites applications for the position of

Professor (W3) for „Artificial Intelligence in Mathematics“ (m/f/d).

The successful candidate will represent the field of artificial intelligence (AI) in mathematical research and teaching.

The professorship should explore the interaction between methods of AI and various mathematical disciplines as well as applications in mathematics. On the one hand, the goal is to continuously develop the foundations of AI by mathematically sound approaches (e.g., statistics, approximation theory, or mathematical modeling). On the other hand, the research should investigate how methods of AI can be used to improve classical solution methods in mathematics. Since mathematics at the research location Kaiserslautern has a strong focus on applications, research on the applicability of AI techniques in corresponding mathematical disciplines (e.g. in signal and image processing, financial and actuarial mathematics, computer algebra or numerics) is of particular importance. The connection of data-based and model-based learning (Graybox models) is another interesting focus area.

The tasks of this professorship include active participation in the Graduate School "Mathematics as a Key Technology" and the teaching of service courses for other departments (especially in the field of statistics). Willingness to participate in the administration of the university is required.

Applicants should have an excellent track record in research and teaching in a field of mathematics or mathematics-related computer science, with clearly recognizable references to both AI and mathematical disciplines. We are looking for an internationally visible candidate who complements the existing mathematical spectrum of the department in a meaningful way. In addition to the appropriate academic qualifications, special pedagogical skills and experience in teaching and supervising doctoral students are required.

We search for candidates with experience in research networking as well as in third-party funding. Applicants are expected to cooperate in application-oriented interdisciplinary projects with other departments and with the research institutes on and near the campus. An active cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM) with access to the resources available there up to the establishment of an own group at the institute is an option and would be highly appreciated.

The State of Rhineland-Palatinate and TUK support a concept of high level of presence of the professors at the university.

Besides the general staff regulations, the appointment requirements stipulated in § 49 of the University Act of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate apply. The text is available in German on the TUK homepage (

TUK strives for an increase in the proportion of women in research and teaching and therefore strongly encourages qualified female academics to apply. Disabled applicants will be given preference when equally qualified (please enclose evidence with the application). TUK is a family friendly university which values the diversity of its staff and allows equal opportunities for all. Academics from abroad are strongly encouraged to apply.

With your application, you consent to the further internal processing of your data for official purposes in accordance with the European Data Protection Basic Regulation (DS-GVO) and the State Data Protection Act RLP.

To apply, please send your application until 31 December 2020 in a single PDF file to: dekanat(at)

Alternatively, you can ask for an upload link or you can send your application via postal mail to the following address: Dean of the Department of Mathematics, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, PO Box 3049, D-67653 Kaiserslautern, Germany.

The following information is requested, either in German or English: completed candidate data sheet (, cover letter, CV (education, appointments, awards, community service), list of all publications and selected talks, list of five representative publications (including electronic link or pdf attached), grants, research statement, teaching portfolio, course evaluations, certificates, list of international collaborators and their affiliation, and references (or their contact information).

Candidate Sheet

Please send the completed candidate data sheet to Please name the candidate data sheet "yourName-AI-MATH.docx" and do not change the layout.
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