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Type: Postdoc
Name (ID): Postdoc positions in automatic speech recognition (OP-20200311-122312)
Supervised by: Petr MOTLICEK


The Idiap Research Institute seeks qualified candidates for several postdoctoral positions in the field of Deep Learning applied for acoustic, and/or language modeling in Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR).
The position will be aligned with one of currently ongoing (EU H2020, Swiss NSF, or US (IARPA)) projects researched by speech group (
The research will focus on new ASR approaches using novel deep neural networks (through Kaldi, Pytorch, or other open source machine learning platforms) towards a principled, generalized, hierarchical model ranging from feature extraction to lexical, syntactic and language modeling (possibly also exploiting word embedding approaches).

The Postdoc candidate will work under supervision of one of senior researchers at Idiap, together with other colleagues from the speech group.
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. A background in one of the following relevant fields - statistics, applied mathematics, optimization, linear algebra, signal processing - is expected. Postdoc applicants should ideally have good expertise in hidden Markov models, deep neural networks, and/or statistical language modeling/natural language understanding.
The applicants should also have strong programming skills and be familiar with Python, C/C++, 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.
Positions will remain open until they have been filled. All queries related to the advertised position can be sent to

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, and is academically affiliated with EPFL and University of Geneva.

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. Employment at Idiap is thus based solely on a person's merit and qualifications directly related to professional competence. Idiap does not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status, pregnancy, or any other basis protected by law.

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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