PhD Position in Machine Learning

University of Tubingen


PhD Position (m/f/d, E 13 TV-L, 75%)

Cluster of Excellence "Machine Learning - New Perspectives for Science"

Bewerbungsfrist : 15.02.2022

The Cluster of Excellence "Machine Learning - New Perspectives for Science" at the University of Tübingen advertises a

PhD Position (m/f/d, E 13 TV-L, 75%) on Algorithmic Fairness in Healthcare

to be filled in May 2022. The position is limited to four years. The position is part of the project „Certification and Foundations of Safe Machine Learning Systems in Healthcare“, funded by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung. 

The doctoral student will do independent research on issues of fairness in healthcare from a on a philosophical/normative perspective, while potentially also doing interdisciplinary work in collaboration with ML researchers. The doctoral student will be supervised by Dr. Thomas Grote. Tübingen has a very active scene in the philosophy of AI/ML and has emerged as a hotspot for research in ML. 


  • an excellent MA degree in philosophy
  • a strong background in either ethics (broadly construed), philosophy of AI/ML, or philosophy of science
  • good writing skills
  • demonstrable interest in interdisciplinary research
  • proficiency in English
  • excellent organizational skills

The PhD student will be embedded in the Cluster of Excellence “Machine Learning – New Perspectives for Science” at the University of Tübingen. The salary is above the German standard for PhD positions (according to the DFG) and comes with a travel budget. Please send the usual documents (cover letter, short research proposal, curriculum vitae, writing sample, copies of certificates, list of publications and letters, if available, as a single PDF; not exceeding 5 MB) by the deadline of February 15, 2022 to thomas.grotespam  

The University aims to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and therefore urges suitably qualified women scientists to apply. The “Machine Learning in Education” group also welcomes applications from other groups underrepresented in philosophy. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities will be given preference. The employment will be carried out by the central administration of the University of Tübingen.

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