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Type: Postdoc
Name (ID): Postdoctoral/research intern position in machine learning and vision to be filled immediately (OP-20190308-100522)
Supervised by: Jean-Marc ODOBEZ


The Perception and Activity Understanding group (PAU group, Jean-Marc Odobez,, at Idiap (, seeks one motivated postdoctoral fellow to work on body pose analysis from videos for sport player profiling and HRI.

The position is funded by an innovation grant and the European project MuMMER. In the former case, in collaboration with the ProKeyCoach company, the goal will be to analyse typical postures and gestures of professional hockey players during dedicated exercices or real games and derive their profile, as defined by the expert. In the latter case, the main goal will be to track and infer 3D pose from 2D body landmarks, and complement the team efforts in this domain.

The ideal postdoctoral candidate should hold a MS and PhD degree in computer science, engineering, physics or applied mathematics. S/he should have a good background in statistics, linear algebra, signal processing, programming, machine learning. The successful applicant will have good analytical skills, and the ability to work and interact with non computer vision persons. The recruited person will complement and work with a number of other team members of the PAU group working on similar topics and tasks.

Good experience (including practical experience) and understanding of deep learning techniques for computer vision tasks is required. Additional expertise in one of the topic below is a plus:
- body landmark detection and pose estimation
- visual processing
- action recognition
- 3D computer vision
- realtime systems
- software: pyTorch, tensor flow

Exceptionally talented master students can also apply.

The position is to be filled immediately and is funded until the 1st of march 2020, with possibilities of being renewed based on available funding. The Annual gross salary is 80,000 CHF.

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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