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Type: Postdoc
Name (ID): Postdoc position in deep learning and computer vision (OP-20161220-110842)
Supervised by: Jean-Marc ODOBEZ


The Perception and Activity Understanding group has an opening in computer vision and machine learning.

The main topic is human pose estimation from depth and vision sensors, using deep learning and exploiting both synthesized and real data. Targeted applications include anti-tailgating systems for access control, as well as upper body pose for Human-Robot-Interaction. The research will be done within the context of a Swiss project with a security company, and within the MuMMER European project ( The candidate is expected to research and publish the developed methods.

The position is for 18 months, with possibility of one year extension based on performance and funding availabilities.

The ideal postdoctoral candidate will have a PhD in computer vision and/or machine learning. S/he should have a good background in applied mathematics and statistics. Excellent programming skills in C/C++ and Python are expected. Hands-on experience with deep learning techniques or with game engines (e.g. Unity, or Unreal) are a plus.

Annual gross salary is ChF 80,000. The starting date is as soon as possible, but can be discussed. Interviews will be made until a suitable candidate has been found.

Application: for more information, please contact Dr Jean-Marc Odobez (, Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, a detailed CV, and the names of three references (or recommendation letters) using the idiap ORS system (

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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