STI Innsbruck is a research group at the University of Innsbruck engaged in research and development to bring information and communication technologies of the future into today's world.

PhD student – Industrial Ontology Engineering

Transport, Factories of the Future and other high impact areas

The Semantic Technology Institute (STI) Innsbruck (, formerly known as DERI Innsbruck, was founded in 2002 and has developed into a challenging and dynamic research institute of approximately 40 people. STI Innsbruck collaborates with an international network of institutes in Asia, Europe and the USA, as well as with global industrial partners. Our major objective is to establish Semantic technologies as a core pillar of modern Computer Science, thereby providing interoperability and scalability for Semantically Enabled Service Orientated Architectures.   STI Innsbruck is currently seeking candidates for the PhD student position.  

We offer:

  • The stimulating environment of a leading research institute in the fields of Semantic Web, Ontology Engineering, Semantic Web Services, Semantic Technologies beyond the Web, Service-Oriented Architectures, formal languages and reasoning.
  • Long-term collaboration to well-known academic institutions and major companies around the world.
  • A multicultural working place with state-of-the-art infrastructure, competitive salary and resources including funding for attending international conferences, PhD symposia, summer schools, etc.
  • The annual gross salary for a PhD student (full time position) at our institute (depending on the specific qualification): from € 37.326

We expect:

  • A strong background in Computer Science or Information Technologies and focused research interest and expertise in at least one of the following areas: knowledge representation, ontology engineering, semantic technologies, social networks and web communities research, mobile and RFID-enabled services, information retrieval methods, reasoning, formal languages, data mining, visualization techniques, human-computer interaction.
  • Interest in working on ontology engineering in close cooperation with large established industry partners within EU FP7 Integrated Projects in such areas of transport, factories of the future and tourism, and/or supporting ontology engineering in SMEs.
  • Interest to participate in teaching assistance at the University of Innsbruck.
  • A formal degree and interest required for pursuing a PhD at the University of Innsbruck (see the information on the University of Innsbruck PhD studies at

  We kindly invite you to submit your application to Please include a current resume, a list of publications (if applicable), and digital versions of your most relevant works (such as graduation thesis or latest publications).