Research Assistant / Associate (f/m/d)



Natasa Marcanova


work Phone
+49 4218021902



Informatik 9 - Process and Data Science

Our Profile

The Process and Data Science group, headed by Prof. Wil van der Aalst, is a research group at RWTH focusing on the interplay between processes and data. PADS symbolizes RWTH's ambitions in the area of Data Science and is supported through Alexander von Humboldt Professorship. The scope of PADS includes all topics where discrete processes are analyzed, reengineered, and/or supported in a data-driven manner. Process-centricity is combined with an array of Data Science techniques (machine learning, data mining, visualization, and Big data infrastructures). The main focus is on Process Mining (including process discovery, conformance checking, performance analysis, predictive analytics, operational support, and process improvement). This is combined with neighboring disciplines such as operations research, algorithms, discrete event simulation, business process management, and workflow automation.
The chair of PADS is the founder of the process mining discipline and one of the leading computer scientists in the world. The ambition is to realize scientific breakthroughs which will help organizations to turn event data into business and societal value. Investments by RWTH, the Alexander von Humboldt foundation, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology make it possible to realize these ambitions and to provide unique opportunities for a talented student do PhD research in process mining.

Your Profile

You have an University degree (Master or equivalent) in computer science or a related discipline (e.g., statistics, operations research or management science with a specialization in data and/or process science)and you are eager to become a data science researcher.
You have proven to belong to the top of your graduating class as evidenced by your marks and supported by your references.
You are a fast learner, dedicated, autonomous and creative.
You know about process mining (e.g., read the process mining book or took the Coursera MOOC "Process Mining: Data science in Action"
You have a genuine interest (or experience) in process mining and are willing to demonstrate this as part of the application process.
You have excellent analytical skills and you are willing to implement your ideas in software.
You are ambitious, but at the same time a team player.
You have excellent language skills (English) and eager to present your ideas.

Your Duties and Responsibilities

oYou will do cutting-edge process mining research in one of the top groups in data science.
oYou will be involved in research projects with industrial partners that provide data and give feedback on research results.
oYou will supervise Bachelor and Master students working on related topics and have a limited involvement in teaching.
oYou will present your work at national and international conferences and work towards a PhD thesis in a 4 year period.
Within the Process and Data Science (PADS) group there are four smaller subgroups working on (1) foundations of process mining, (2) dealing with large/distributed/streaming/uncertain event data, (3) automated operational process improvement, and (4) responsible process mining (focusing on challenges related to fairness, accuracy, confidentiality, and transparency). You will be guided towards a PhD in one of these exciting areas (depending on your background and interests).

What We Offer

The successful candidate will be employed under a regular employment contract.
The position is to be filled at the earliest possible date and The position is for 1 year with extension for further 3 years is planned.
This is a full-time position with the possibility of a part-time contract upon request.
The successful candidate has the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree in this position.
The salary corresponds to pay grade TV-L EG 13 of the German public service salary scale (TV-L).
RWTH is a certified family-friendly University. We support our employees in maintaining a good work-life balance with a wide range of health, advising, and prevention services, for example university sports. We also offer a comprehensive continuing education scheme and a public transportation ticket available at a significantly reduced price.
RWTH is an equal opportunities employer. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all suitably qualified candidates, particularly from groups that are underrepresented at the University. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability or age. RWTH is strongly committed to encouraging women in their careers. Female applicants are given preference if they are equally suitable, competent, and professionally qualified, unless a fellow candidate is favored for a specific reason.
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Number : 33723
Application deadline : 31.12.2021
Mailing Address : RWTH Aachen University
Informatik 9 - Process and Data Science
Ahornstraße 55
52074 Aachen
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