Idiap has a new opening for a Postdoc position in Natural language processing and understanding in the context of speech recognition

The Idiap Research Institute in partnership with well known Swiss enterprises invites applications for post-doctoral positions in automatic speech recognition (ASR) and natural language processing / understanding (NLP / NLU).

The positions are funded by the Innosuisse framework and by the enterprise itself, enabling a collaboration between Idiap and an innovative product company.

The successful candidates will work with Dr. Petr Motlicek, Dr. Philip Garner or Dr. James Henderson, and with the wider Speech and Audio Processing and Natural Language Processing groups, engaged in world-class research in speech and language processing. Exceptionally qualified candidates can also be considered for a longer-term Research Associate position.


Idiap will address new emerging challenges related to fast customisation of ASR and NLU technologies.

We envisage the following related research threads:

  1. Domain adaptation of the ASR and NLU models towards towards data provided by the enterprise partners.
  2. Automatic vocabulary extension to improve detection accuracies of rare, but highly informative keywords.
  3. Development and adaptation of NLU technology optimized for the processing of speech-to-text input and the exploitation of joint learning of NLU and ASR.
  4. End-to-end approaches to ASR and NLP.

The successful candidates will work at Idiap in Martigny, but in close collaboration with the partners' R&D teams based in Switzerland. The projects are a combination of applied science and academic research expected to yield both reference designs and academic publications.


Candidates should have either or both of: 1. A strong background in engineering, mathematics or a related discipline, along with the associated familiarity with modern distributed programming environments and languages such as C++, Python and Perl. 2. An exceptional academic record and a clear aptitude for creative (and independent) research in a related discipline. In either case, familiarity with speech processing tools (e.g., Kaldi), natural language processing tools, or deep learning toolkits (e.g., pyTorch, tensorflow) will be a distinct advantage. Although a PhD is normally a prerequisite for a post-doctoral position, candidates without a PhD may be considered in exceptional cases.


All positions are offered on a one-year basis with the possibility of renewal based on funding and performance. The starting salary will be 80,000 CHF/year. Starting date could be immediate, but otherwise as soon as possible in fall 2018.


Interested? Please submit your candidature through the Idiap online recruitment system: Postdoc position in Natural language processing and understanding in the context of speech recognition