Fully-Funded PhD or Postdoc Position

Starting April 2023 or later, the Database Systems Chair of Prof. Dr. Torsten Grust at the University of Tübingen, Germany, has a vacant position for a

RESEARCH ASSISTANT (fully funded).

We encourage both, university graduates and Postdocs, to apply.


Our team currently performs research in the following areas:

  • the interplay of database technology and various aspects of programming languages and their interpreters/compilers,
  • the compilation and optimization of new and old database query and scripting languages,
  • the evaluation of complex (possibly iterative or recursive) computation right inside the database kernel,
  • our primary target systems are modern relational database engines, among these DuckDB and Umbra .

It is a principle of our work to construct systems that make our ideas tangible and assessable. The chair’s research contributions are recognized internationally—primarily by the database community but also by folks in (functional) programming—and more often than not are the fruit of collaboration with our friends in associated research groups.


We are looking forward to grow our team and welcome applications of highly motivated candidates with an excellent university degree (in Computer Science or a closely related field) who are willing to support our research and teaching efforts.

We speak SQL natively, and we hope you do, too 😉. Very good knowledge of English (research and publication) is a requirement. If you know German, that can be a plus.


Successful candidates will sign a contract with the University of Tübingen under the current regulations applicable to employees in Public Service (TV-L E13, TVöD). You will be working in Tübingen, the traditional university town in the Neckar valley (Stuttgart region). Tübingen is a beautiful and lively medieval town with a large university population. Located in southern Germany, at the edge of the Swabian Jura and Blackwood Forest, the surrounding country is characterized by rolling hills, forests, river valleys, historic towns, and extensive walking and biking trails. The quality of life is excellent.

University of Tübingen aims at increasing the number of female employees and thus especially welcomes applications of female candidates. The university is an equal opportunity employer. In particular, applications of disabled candidates will be given priority, depending on their suitability.

Please send your application material in PDF format via e-mail to Prof. Dr. Torsten Grust (torsten.grust@uni-tuebingen.de).

We will consider applications as long as the position remains vacant.

Please direct inquiries with respect to this position to

Prof. Dr. Torsten Grust