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April 27, 2023

Graduate School Calls for 2023 are Open: SECAI is Looking for PhD Students

The SECAI Graduate School is an interdisciplinary training ground for AI researchers. New members can join in autumn each year. The second round of applications has just started and welcomes applications from all SECAI-related research areas, whether computer science, electronics, mathematics, or law.

The positions are fully funded for 3 years according to salary group E 13 TV-L, but SECAI also offers a lot of additional support to its doctoral students. In the tandem mentoring program, new members of the SECAI graduate school will be assigned a senior graduate researcher whose practical support complements that of the supervisors. Graduate school members actively participate in regular research seminars and reading groups in their research focus area. SECAI’s special program for mini projects allows graduate researchers to obtain small-scale funds for activities of their own choice, e.g., for special equipment, compensations for participants in empirical studies, or organization of own events or guest invitations. Applications follow a simple and unbureaucratic process, but will receive expert feedback to prepare candidates for own future proposals. During the mobility window, researchers are encouraged to spend a research stay of one to three months at an international academic partner or at a research-oriented industry partner. On top of the specific offers within SECAI, graduate researchers also benefit from established university-wide structures that provide support on a general level: The Graduate Academy at TU Dresden and Research Academy at Leipzig University offer comprehensive programs for training, consulting, funding, and networking.

However, the first step for interested candidates is to apply. The official job announcement has all relevant details. In order to find their coordinates in the interdisciplinary landscape of SECAI, candidates are asked to pick one or more research topics from the list of currently available AI topics in SECAI. Questions about the positions and the application process can be directed to the Coordination Offices Dresden or Leipzig, or direclty to the mentors given for specific topics.