Research Center for Digital Sustainability


Job Openings

At the moment there are the following job openings:

Senior Full Stack Web Developer (80-100%)

Would you like to help shaping the digital transformation?

The Research Center for Digital Sustainability at the Institute of Computer Science is concerned with digital sustainability, open source software, open/linked data, artificial intelligence and public procurement. For practical transfer, the Research Center implements IT projects using open source software. To strengthen the team, the Research Unit with start-up character is looking for a

Senior Full Stack Web Developer (80%-100%)

We offer:

  • Projects with high social value
  • Responsible activities with great freedom of action
  • Helping to shape the Open Source world
  • Young, dynamic team
  • Workplace in the centre of Bern (Campus Engehalde)
  • Salary according to cantonal guidelines

Main areas of activity:

  • Management of a small team of student assistants
  • Technical coaching and knowledge transfer, training of new employees
  • Participation in the IT architecture and in the DevOps workflow
  • Conception and implementation of orders using modern web and mobile technologies
  • Willingness to get involved in further activities of the research centre

What we expect:

  • Completed apprenticeship in the field of computer science or business informatics (apprenticeship certificate with work experience, university of applied sciences, studies)
  • Full Stack Developer with very good knowledge of JavaScript/TypeScript, Angular, Node.js and a backend framework (e.g. Express.js, Nest.js, Sails.js)
  • Knowledge of Python, mobile technologies and Linux server administration desirable
  • Positioned personality, team player, good communication skills
  • High degree of initiative and independence
  • Very good knowledge of German, good knowledge of English

If you are interested, please send us your complete application documents (letter of motivation, CV including references, work and training certificates, etc.) and your salary expectations in electronic form by 30 March 2020 to
If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Jasmin Nussbaumer, Head of Projects:

PhD Position in Computer Science on NLP

Position: We have an opening for a PhD position in the area of text mining and Natural Language Processing (NLP). The objective is to develop an online deanonymization platform for hundreds of thousands court decisions (legal documents) in order to identify weaknesses in today’s anonymization techniques eventually leading to stronger anonymization methods. This PhD position is part of the research project “Open Justice vs. Privacy” within the National Research Programme (NRP) 77 on Digital Transformation together with lawyers from the Center for Public Management (KPM) of University of Bern.

Your profile: We are looking for a highly motivated candidate, who is eager to get involved in cutting edge, interdisciplinary research (computer science and public administration). You hold a Master of Science in Computer Science, Mathematics or Engineering, with a solid background in machine learning and NLP. You have excellent programming skills (e.g. Python, C/C++) and a solid background in Deep Learning and NLP tools. We expect fluent communication skills in English. In addition, German and/or French reading skills are a must in order to understand Swiss court decisions.

What we offer: You will be part of the team of the Research Center for Digital Sustainability. You will have the chance to participate in the interdisciplinary research community of the NRP 77 project. We are located in Bern in the core of Switzerland, one of the cities with the highest quality of life worldwide. You will receive a competitive salary (Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF doctoral student annual salary ranges from CHF 47’000 to 50’000) and financial support to attend training courses and international conferences.

Application: Applications (including motivational letter, CV, grades, academic degrees) must be submitted until 15 March 2020 to For any particular questions please contact Dr. Matthias Stürmer, head of the Research Center for Digital Sustainability, at

Student assistant for software developement (40% - 50%)

Enrolment at the University of Bern is mandatory.

We offer:

  • Exciting research and prototyping projects on web application development, data visualization, data crawling, linked data, machine learning etc.
  • Close cooperation with companies, federal administration, open source communities etc.
  • Versatile tasks and independent work, adapted to the course of study (examinations)
  • Very flexible working hours, team events, hackdays, free coffee and snacks ;)
  • Young and dynamic team

We expect very good knowledge in:

  • HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Relational databases (SQL)
  • At least one server programming language (Java, JavaScript, Python, PHP, Ruby etc.)
  • Spoken and written Germant

Ideally, you have knowledge in one or more of the following areas:

  • Object-oriented programming (MVC)
  • TypeScript, Node.js, Angular, NativeScript
  • Material Design, D3.js
  • Elasticsearch, Neo4j, MongoDB
  • Git, Docker, Linux Server Admin

We are happy to receive your application (letter of motivation, CV, grades ) to