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Type: Postdoc
Name (ID): PostDoc position in biometric template protection (OP-20160718-113058)
Supervised by: Sébastien MARCEL


The Idiap Research Institute ( ) seeks qualified candidates for one PostDoc position in the field of biometric template protection.
The research will be conducted in the context of Swiss Center for Biometrics Research and Testing ( ).

Broadly, the goal of template protection is to convert biometric data into a secure, non-invertible form.
The overall goal of the position is to advance the state-of-the-art in template protection. Specifically, the research will:
* implement and evaluate baseline biometric encryption or cancelable biometrics techniques applied to face, voice and vein biometrics,
* investigate homomorphic encryption schemes for the above tasks.

The proposed research will be carried out in the Biometrics group (Dr. Sebastien Marcel, ) at Idiap.
The research will rely on previous knowledge and softwares developed at Idiap, more specifically Bob toolkit ( ).

Reproducible research is a cornerstone of the project. Hence a strong involvement in open source libraries such as Bob are expected.

The ideal candidate should hold a PhD degree in computer science, electrical engineering or related fields. She or he should have a background in statistics, applied mathematics, optimization, linear algebra and signal processing. The applicant should also have strong programming skills and be familiar with Python, C/C++ (MATLAB is not a plus), various scripting languages and with the Linux environment. Knowledge in cryptography and machine learning is an asset. Shortlisted candidate may undergo a series of tests including technical reading and writing in English and programming (in Python and/or C/C++).

Appointment for the position is for 1 year but may be renewed provided successful progress and depending on funding opportunities. Salary on the first year starts at 80'000 CHF (gross salary). Starting date is immediate, late 2016 or early 2017.

About Idiap:

Idiap is an independent, not-for-profit, research institute recognized and funded by the Swiss Federal Government, the State of Valais, and the City of Martigny.

Idiap offers competitive salaries and conditions at all levels in a young, high-quality, dynamic, and multicultural environment. Idiap is an equal opportunity employer and is actively involved in the "Advancement of Women in Science" European initiative. The Institute seeks to maintain a principle of open competition (on the basis of merit) to appoint the best candidate, provides equal opportunity for all candidates, and equally encourage both genders to apply.

Idiap is located in the town of Martigny in Valais, a scenic region in the south of Switzerland, surrounded by the highest mountains of Europe, and offering exceptional quality of life, exciting recreational activities, including hiking, climbing and skiing, as well as varied cultural activities. It is within close proximity to Lausanne and Geneva. Although Idiap is located in the French part of Switzerland, English is the official working language. Free French lessons are also provided on a complimentary basis.

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