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Type: Postdoc
Name (ID): Postdoctoral position in automatic speech recognition (OP-20161028-142651)
Supervised by: Petr MOTLICEK


The Idiap Research Institute invites applications for post-doctoral position in automatic speech recognition. The position is funded by a new industrial project with a leading credit card company in Switzerland. The research and development project will focus on combining technologies of speech recognition with speaker verification. The research will be carried out in a collaboration with other (i.e. European H2020) projects already running at the Idiap research institute.

The successful candidate will work with Dr. Petr Motlicek (, and will have the opportunity to collaborate with some of the 20 members of engaged in world-class research in speech processing. Exceptional candidates with at least 4 years of postdoc (or equivalent) experience can also be considered for a longer-term Scientific Collaborator position.

Description of work
The goal of the project is to combine automatic speech recognition and speaker verification engines to allow a simple and seamless solution for voice authentication. Part of automatic speech recognition (ASR) will focus, besides English, on most dominating Swiss languages, and the ASR output will be applied not only in the voice verification to increase an authentication strength but also in a block of rule-based NLP engine to monitor and support an interaction between the developed platform and users.
The research will rely on previous knowledge and software developed at Idiap, and highly interlinked with Kaldi toolkit (
Salary on the first year starts at 80'000 CHF (gross salary). Starting date is early 2017.

Required profile
Candidates should have a strong background in engineering, mathematics or a related discipline, as well as some speech processing tools (HTK, Kaldi, ...)..
The candidates are expected to be computer-literate, familiar with modern distributed programming environments and languages such as C++, Python and Bash..
An exceptional academic record and a clear aptitude for creative (and independent) research will also be priority selection criteria.

The position is offered for one year (longer-term position will be possible depending on successful progress and funding opportunities).
Applications must be submitted by end January 2017 to be considered.

How to apply
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Contact information
Further information about this position can be requested via the Idiap online recruitment system or by contacting Dr. Petr Motlicek (petr dot motlicek at idiap dot ch
Idiap Research Institute
Rue Marconi 19 – CP 592
CH-1920 Martigny, Switzerland

Automatic speech recognition, speaker verification, hidden Markov model, deep neural network.

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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