PhD Student in Logic and Machine Learning
Scadenza: 21 July 2019
The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) active in the fields of natural and built environment, economics, technological innovation, applied art, social work and healthcare, learning and education at the Department of Innovative Technologies (DTI) in Manno, in particular the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IDSIA), has opened a full time (100%) position for PhD student in logic and Machine Learning. Contract start date 01.09.2019.


The successful applicant will carry out both theoretical and applied work on the use of symbolic (logic) methods in machine learning. More specifically, the work will focus on the attempt to merge structured knowledge and reasoning within current learning algorithms. The main aim of the work consists in:

  • Defining and studying a class of tractable models for the decision making process of intelligent agents on the basis of uncertain information about a world composed not only of facts but also of individuals and relations among them.
  • Developing and applying associated learning algorithms able to achieve the state-of-the-art, and thus in particular to compete with today deep learning methods.

The student, while enjoying a significant amount of freedom to explore the aforementioned topics, will be supervised closely by researchers with consolidated expertise in the area under consideration.



  • Master degree with full honors in mathematics, or in a quantitative faculty such as engineering, physics, statistics or similar.
  • Strong background in logic, probability and machine learning, and strong commitment to research and publication.
  • Willingness to pursue a theoretical thesis with also applied (practical) aspects.
  • Good programming skills.
  • Autonomy as well as ability to work in a group.


  • Knowledge of probabilistic logic circuits, or more general of areas related to StarAI, is a plus.

We offer

  • Fixed-term contract.
  • Attractive salary in line with Swiss National Science Foundation standards.
  • International working environment (English is the official language).
  • Funded travels in case of papers accepted by international conferences.

Additional information

The requirements for this function are published within the “Direttive interne SUPSI” (direttiva 7a) and within “Regolamento del personale SUPSI” on the Italian website.

For further information, please contact:
Alessandro Facchini

Applicants should submit the following documents, written in English.

  • Motivation letter (1-2 pages).
  • Curriculum vitae with publications list (if any) and possibly link to the Master thesis.
  • List of exams and grades obtained during the Master of Science (and eventually during the Bachelor).
  • List of two references (with e-mail addresses).

Applications will be considered only if submitted electronically within July 21st 2019 through the appropriate form.
Applications, which are incomplete, or sent after the deadline, will not be considered.