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Institution Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics - Munich Center for Machine Learning (MCML)
Remuneration group TV-L E15
Full-time / Part-time Full-time (100%)
Start date 2023-07-01 (limited to 3 years, with the possibility of extension upon re-evaluation)
Application deadline 2023-02-28

About us:

The Munich Center for Machine Learning (MCML) is a joint research initiative of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and Technische Universität München. It is one of six nationwide AI centers in Germany to receive permanent funding as part of the German and Bavarian government's AI strategy. Our vision is to strengthen regional, national and international competence in AI and to make the corresponding potential accessible to users from science and industry.

We are looking for you:

Junior Research Group Leader in Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (m/f/x)

in Munich

Your tasks and responsibilities:

You will develop an original research project in a field related to Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. It is of particular interest how Ethics can shape the design of algorithms, models, and methods in Machine Learning, how so-called ethics by design can help to build responsible and reliable AI. You are expected to establish collaborations with researchers in AI and Machine Learning and to work towards human-centered machine learning, which benefits individuals and society. You will lead a research group for which you are expected to hire and mentor two PhD students (both TV-L E 13), who will be funded by MCML.

Your qualifications:

  • Outstanding PhD in one of the following areas: philosophy, social science, ethics, computer science, data science, or physics 
  • Outstanding track record, demonstrated by high-impact publications in top venues at the crossroads of ethics and machine learning
  • Excellent communication skills, fluency in English (written and oral)
  • Experience in mentoring M.Sc. or B.Sc. students / running a research team


You will join one of the top AI research centers in Germany and in Europe with access to an excellent network of scholars and scientists. MCML currently has more than 40 principal investigators working in one of our three core research areas. LMU and TUM offer high-caliber research facilities with extensive support for developing innovative and cutting-edge research projects. The MCML funding includes the position of the PI (TV-L E15) and two PhD students (TV-L E13). Your office will be located at LMU Munich (Faculty for Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics).

The position is an TVL-E15 position in the German TV-L system (based on the tariff contracts for public service, commensurate with experience). The position is for three years, with the possibility of extension upon re-evaluation. Working hours are flexible.

LMU Munich provides diverse benefits for its employees, including support for scientists from overseas. Details can be found here.

LMU Munich is interested in increasing the number of female faculty members and encourages women to apply.

Also possible in a part-time capacity.

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.


To apply, please make sure to submit the following documents in a single pdf file to by 28 February 2023.

  • A motivation letter (1-2 pages)
  • An academic CV including Google Scholar link
  • A research project proposal (3-4 pages)
  • A writing sample (this can be an already published paper)
  • Names and contact information of two references

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