We are hiring: PhD student for Linked Open Data and Knowledge Graphs in Business

Linked Open Data and Knowledge Graphs in Business

You will contribute to the design and implementation of a data app store for the discovery, integration and use of open data in business contexts. Your tasks will comprise architecting and implementing an infrastructure to publish linked open data and make it queryable for enterprises. You will be employed with HEC Lausanne and work in the Competence Center Corporate Data Quality (CC CDQ), an industry-funded research consortium. In your research, you will closely collaborate with 20 high-profile European companies (Beiersdorf, Bayer, Nestlé, PMI, SAP, SBB, Siemens, Swarovski etc.) to advance data management in digital and data-driven enterprises. Starting date is negotiable as from June 2019 to October 2019.

Desired qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Information Systems, Computer Science or related field
  • Strong interest in one or more of the following topics: linked open data, ontologies, semantic integration, data modelling, business information systems
  • Relevant internships and/or practical experience (e.g. as a developer or consultant)
  • Basic programming skills (e.g. experience in Java, Python, R, or other)
  • Of advantage are first experiences with ontology management tools, RDF and SPARQL
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills
  • Good writing skills and fluency in English; German and/or French are a plus

Employment rate is 100% with a competitive salary and maximum contract duration is five years. Starting date is negotiable as from January 2019. The PhD candidate is expected to enrol in the doctoral school in information systems at HEC Lausanne and will be supervised by Prof. Christine Legner.

HEC Lausanne is one of the leading European business schools. The school received the AMBA and EQUIS accreditations for the overall quality of its programs, research, and teaching. It is situated at the shores of the lake of Geneva in one of the most beautiful places in Switzerland. An excellent public transport network links the university campus in just a few minutes to Lausanne, the capital of Vaud, noted for its varied cultural activities.


PhD students at the University of Lausanne are classified as "Assistant Diplôme" and receive corresponding salaries. Here you will find a current salary scale.

Informal inquiries and how to apply

For any inquiry about the PhD positions, please contact Prof. Christine Legner:
christine.legner@unil.ch or +41 21 692 3432.

Please submit your Curriculum Vitae, university transcripts (bachelor and master level) and an electronic version of a recent research project (e.g. master thesis, scientific publication) by e-mail.

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