PhD Student (f/m/d) - for sustainable AI

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Our company culture is focused on helping our employees enable innovation by building breakthroughs together. How? We focus every day on building the foundation for tomorrow and creating a workplace that embraces differences, values flexibility, and is aligned to our purpose-driven and future-focused work. We offer a highly collaborative, caring team environment with a strong focus on learning and development, recognition for your individual contributions, and a variety of benefit options for you to choose from. Apply now!


What you`ll do: 



We are seeking a highly motivated and talented data scientist to join our team at SAP. As a member of our team, you will contribute to the development of cross-domain AI applications with a focus on sustainability. This position offers a unique opportunity to work on cutting-edge projects that leverage AI technologies to address complex challenges in a sustainable manner. If you are passionate about AI and its potential to drive positive change, we encourage you to apply. 
The Role: 


As Ph.D. researcher for sustainable AI, you will assess our internally developed AI solutions in terms of sustainability aspects. With the help of ML solutions, you will design an improved, more sustainable, setup for the training and operations of our AI solutions. A successful implementation of a proof of concept concludes your research on a sustainable setup for 30+ models. 


  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to design, develop, and implement sustainable AI solutions. 
  • Conduct research and analysis to identify innovative approaches and techniques for integrating sustainability principles into AI applications. 
  • Develop and evaluate algorithms, models, and frameworks to improve the sustainability of AI systems. 
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in AI and sustainability, and contribute to the development of intellectual property and thought leadership in these areas. 
  • Publish research findings in top-tier conferences and journals, and present work at relevant industry and academic events. 


What you bring: 


You have a solid background in AI/ML, possess excellent communication skills, and can work effectively in a team and with stakeholders. You are committed to continuous learning & sharing knowledge with others. Furthermore, you have: 


  • A Master’s degree in Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, or a related field, 
  • A research proposal for sustainable AI application, 
  • Strong background in machine learning, data mining, and AI techniques, 
  • Familiarity with sustainability principles and their integration into AI applications, 
  • Proficiency in programming languages such as Python or Java, 
  • Experience with AI frameworks and tools, such as TensorFlow, PyTorch, or scikit-learn, 
  • Experience in processing big data pipelines (e.g., pyspark), 
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and deliver high-quality results, 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, 
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills, 
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment. 

Meet your team:
The team delivers innovative and user-centric AI solutions through different ML technologies to internal stakeholders. As part of the AI factory, we develop AI solutions for all of SAP’s processes in an agile manner and use the latest tools and platform offerings of SAP and hyperscalers. 


We build breakthroughs together

SAP innovations help more than 400,000 customers worldwide work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively. Originally known for leadership in enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, SAP has evolved to become a market leader in end-to-end business application software and related services for database, analytics, intelligent technologies, and experience management. As a cloud company with 200 million users and more than 100,000 employees worldwide, we are purpose-driven and future-focused, with a highly collaborative team ethic and commitment to personal development. Whether connecting global industries, people, or platforms, we help ensure every challenge gets the solution it deserves. At SAP, we build breakthroughs, together.


We win with inclusion

SAP’s culture of inclusion, focus on health and well-being, and flexible working models help ensure that everyone – regardless of background – feels included and can run at their best. At SAP, we believe we are made stronger by the unique capabilities and qualities that each person brings to our company, and we invest in our employees to inspire confidence and help everyone realize their full potential. We ultimately believe in unleashing all talent and creating a better and more equitable world.

SAP is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to the values of Equal Employment Opportunity and provide accessibility accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment with SAP and are in need of accommodation or special assistance to navigate our website or to complete your application, please send an e-mail with your request to Recruiting Operations Team:

For SAP employees: Only permanent roles are eligible for the SAP Employee Referral Program, according to the eligibility rules set in the SAP Referral Policy. Specific conditions may apply for roles in Vocational Training.


Requisition ID: 375508  | Work Area: Administration  | Expected Travel: 0 - 10%  | Career Status: Student  | Employment Type: Intern   | Additional Locations: #LI-Hybrid

Requisition ID:  375508
Posted Date:  May 12, 2024
Work Area:  Administration
Career Status:  Student
Employment Type:  Intern
Expected Travel:  0 - 10%

Walldorf, DE, 69190

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