Post-Doctoral Position in Economics and Computation / Algorithmic Game Theory


The group currently consists of one professor and 4 PhD students. All group members have a strong background in mathematics/computer science and work on market design research questions. Market design is a research field that combines techniques from computer science, game theory, operations research, and other fields. Its goal is to design new, well-functioning marketplaces or repair ones that are broken. In our research group, we study foundational market design questions from an algorithmic/computational and game-theoretic perspective.

Current group members work on a variety of projects including machine learning-powered combinatorial auctions, cloud computing markets, equilibrium finding algorithms, and adoption marketplaces. We publish our research in the top international conferences and journals in the areas of AI and Economics and Computation. In some projects, we also collaborate with industrial partners such as Google Research and Microsoft Research.

Your responsibilities

For the Postdoc in Economics and Computation/Algorithmic Game Theory we accept applications from all candidates with a PhD in the area of Economics and Computation/Algorithmic Game Theory. This includes candidates who do theory, AI, OR, empirical or experimental work.

Your profile

  • a PhD degree in computer science or a related field (e.g., mathematics or operations research)
  • an excellent publication record in your field
  • a passion for research at the intersection of computer science and game theory
  • excellent communication skills in English (German speaking skills are not necessary)

What we offer

  • a team of young and highly motivated colleagues who are passionate about topics at the intersection of computer science and game theory (in particular: market design)
  • a competitive salary of approximately 90,000 Euro per year and generous social benefits
  • generous support for professional travel and research needs
  • no teaching requirements: but if desired, opportunities to gain teaching and mentoring experience and strong support for your career development
  • an attractive work environment both within the research group and beyond: the University of Zurich is one of Switzerland’s leading universities in the middle of a vibrant, cosmopolitan city that regularly ranks as one of the cities with the highest quality of life in the world.

Place of work

University of Zurich
Department of Informatics
Binzmuehlestrasse 14
8050 Zurich

Start of employment

The positions will be open until filled. To receive full consideration, applications should be submitted by May 10, 2020. Further information about the research group is available online at: Computation and Economics Research Group.

For inquiries about the positions, please contact Prof. Dr. Sven Seuken.

If you fit this profile, like challenging tasks, and are passionate about research, then we would love to hear from you. Women are particularly encouraged to apply. To submit your application, please go to:

Further information

Prof. Dr. Sven Seuken