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Type: Female Fellowship Program
Name (ID): Idiap Fellowship for Female Researchers (OP-20180501-113930)
Supervised by: François Foglia

Description:

About the Idiap Fellowship for Female Researchers

As part of our efforts to contribute to the advancement of women in science and engineering, and in the area of Artificial Intelligence in the widest sense, the Idiap Research Institute is offering academics and industrial female researchers the opportunity to join Idiap to develop their own research projects while benefiting from our environment and expertise in multi-disciplinary fields.

The fellowship is awarded for one year and is targeted at a wide variety of researchers, at different stages in their career, including recent graduates of PhD programs who want to "kickstart" their career and strengthen their independent research portfolio, or providing an opportunity for researchers returning from a career break (e.g. due to family commitments) to reenter the paid work force. The fellowship may also be of interest to more senior researchers who wish to spend a year focusing on their own research topic.

The main aims of the program are to:

  • Contribute to the advancement of women in science and engineering;

  • Provide the selected candidates with direct access to Idiap's data and resources in order to help them carry out their research projects;

  • Provide the opportunity to collaborate with Idiap research staff and promote networking within a worldwide research community:

  • Extend Idiap's scientific and industrial network.

The selected candidate is encouraged to initiate collaboration with our researchers on a specific research project, ideally aiming for joint publications and sustainable collaboration beyond their stay. The fellowship holders will be provided with office space and access to computing facilities, as well as support to access our databases and software libraries.

Fellowship holders will be given the opportunity to work at Idiap on their own research topic for one year (or equivalent time), with possibility for extension. Fellowship holders who demonstrate excellence during the period of their appointment will have the opportunity to be considered for permanent researcher positions at Idiap.


Finances

A budget has been set aside to fund this Fellowship for Female Researchers. The selected candidate will receive a competitive salary, including travel budget to attend several conferences or to spend an extended period of time collaborating with leaders in their field at another research institute. Idiap will provide assistance in obtaining the necessary visa and work permit. Idiap will also assist the candidate in finding local accommodations.


Eligibility and Application

To qualify for this fellowship program at Idiap, the applicants must propose to work on a project related to at least one of Idiap's research directions, or should involve an Idiap researcher in a strong collaboration.

Application must be submitted exclusively through our Online Recruitment System (ORS) and include the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation, including the preferred starting dates and the specific activities you would like to focus on;

  • Your CV with a record of funding and publications;

  • A short proposal (5-10 pages maximum) of a research plan referring to the focus of your fellowship. This must include the following items: Summary, Objectives, Literature review, Data, Methods, Expected results, relationship with Idiap research and expected collaborations.

We accept applications twice a year, with deadlines on 30 April and 30 September. The Idiap Research Committee reviews all applications. Shortlisted candidates will be notified of next steps within four weeks of the relevant deadline.

We expect to support one fellowship per year. Please be advised that the starting date shouldn't be later than 6 months following the application deadline. The actual starting date may vary depending on logistics and required paperwork.


Life in Valais

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 of Lausanne and Geneva.

Although Idiap is located in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, English is the official working language. French lessons are provided on a complimentary basis.


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.

For frequently asked questions (FAQs) about living in Switzerland, please go to http://www.idiap.ch/en/faq

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