Funded PhD Student Openings at DaSe Lab in Semantic Web and Data Science

Data Semantics Laboratory, directed by Pascal Hitzler and Michelle Cheatham
Department of Computer Science and Engineering 
Wright State University 
Dayton, Ohio, USA 

Update November 9, 2015: All positions are currently filled, but new opportunities may come up, which we will post on our blog then.

Update October 27, 2015: We are still looking for one or more PhD student to join us sometime 2016, could be as early as January, or as late as September, we're flexible.

Update: We intend to hire several new PhD students, starting between now and September 2016. Applications will be processed as they are received.

The Data Semantics (DaSe) Lab at the Department of Computer Science at Wright State University seeks several PhD students to pursue research in applied or foundational aspects of Data Science and Semantic Web. Funding includes a monthly stipend plus tuition costs.

The DaSe Lab (directed by Michelle Cheatham and Pascal Hitzler, see and for more information) is an internationally prominent research group with focus on foundations and applications of Semantic Web technologies. Lab members primarily contribute to ongoing research projects, but occasionally also get involved in teaching and administrative tasks. The new students will likely focus on research topics related to ontology-based Data Science, e.g. concerning applications in security and privacy, bioinformatics, or the geosciences, or concerning fundamental research concerning ontology-based knowledge representation and reasoning, depending on interest and background. 

Applicants should have excellent communication skills and excel in team work. Intellectual curiosity, a wide range of interests, and the ability and stamina to pursue challenging long-term goals is required. It is preferable, but not required, that applicants had previous exposure to lab research topics. For some of the positions, strong programming skills are required, including familiarity with a wide variety of data structures and comfort in integrating existing libraries into their programs. 

Applicants should send their application to It shall consist of a single pdf file containing a detailed curriculum vitae including grades, plus a cover letter in the email body which includes

  • GPA of all degrees completed or under progress, with explanations how to convert the grading system, if degree is from outside the U.S.
  • GRE score (both verbal and quantitative) or date when GRE score will be available
  • Scores of most recent English language tests if non-native English speaker.

Applications which do not comply with these requirements may be ignored. Successful applicants must satisfy the formal requirements for pursuing a PhD degree in Computer Science at Wright State University, see

Processing of applications will begin immediately and commence until positions are filled. It will be posted when all positions are taken.

Updates to this announcement will be posted at

Please send applications and inquiries to