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Type: Postdoc
Name (ID): 1 Postdoc position in “Sparse and Hierarchical Structures for Speech Modeling” (SHISSM) (OP-20170928-172004)
Supervised by: Prof. Hervé Bourlard


The Idiap Research Institute seeks qualified candidates for 1 postdoc position in the field of Sparse and Hierarchical Structures for Speech Modeling” (SHISSM). Reporting directly to Prof. Hervé Bourlard, the research will be conducted in the framework of the recently granted Swiss SHISSM NSF project. The research will be focus on novel speech recognition and speech modeling approaches using novel deep neural network and sparse recovery (compressive sensing) models, towards a principled, generalized, hierarchical model ranging from feature extraction to lexical and syntactic modeling (possibly also exploiting word embedding approaches). While being funded by Swiss NSF, the present project will also take place in related EU and US (IARPA) projects.

The Postdoc candidate should hold a PhD in relevant fields, while demonstrating excellence and motivation in research in general, and in the targeted research areas. He should all have (at least) a background in statistics or applied mathematics, optimization, linear algebra and signal processing. Postdoc applicants should ideally have good expertise in hidden Markov models (HMMs), Deep Neural Networks (DNNs), and/or Sparse Recovery Modeling. The applicants should also have strong programming skills and be familiar with MATLAB, C/C++, and various scripting languages such as Python and with the Linux environment.

The postdoc contract will be for one year, with a start salary of 80,000. - CHF/year, with a reasonable chance to be renewed based on performance.

Position will remain open until it has been filled, ideally before the end of 2018. All queries related to the advertised position can be sent to Prof. Hervé Bourlard (bourlard at

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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