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Type: Other
Name (ID): Speculative Application for the Reasoning & Explainable AI group (OP-20210317-153107)
Supervised by: Andre Freitas


The Reasoning & Explainable AI group is always open to speculative applications for the following postdocs, PhD and internships positions. There is no specific deadline, applications can be submitted at any time.

For PhDs

Appointments as a PhD student are typically for 4 years, conditional to successful progress, and should lead to a PhD dissertation, granted by the “Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)”. A PhD first year annual gross salary starts 47’040.- CHF.

Working at Idiap in Martigny, the successful candidate will become a doctoral student at EPFL, and thus also has to be accepted for enrolment by the Electrical Engineering Doctoral School (EDEE) or the Computer, Communication and Information Sciences Doctoral School (EDIC) before joining Idiap.

Candidates should hold a masters degree, in computer science, engineering, physics, or applied mathematics. She or he should also demonstrate a strong foundational background in one of the following areas: Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Statistics, Linguistics, and should be able to independently develop complex software (preferably in Python or Java). Related industry experience is appreciated.

For postdocs

Candidates should hold a PhD degree in computer science, engineering, physics, or applied mathematics. They should also demonstrate excellent research experience in their field, strong publication record, and ability to do creative and significant research with relative level of autonomy. Applicants should also demonstrate a strong background in Natural Language Processing or Machine Learning and should be comfortable in developing complex research software prototypes (preferably in Python). Related industry experience is appreciated.

For reference, a postdoc first year annual gross salary starts at 80’000.- CHF.

For internships

Our internships can range between 3-12 months and are paid.

The ideal candidate is an active early stage researcher (e.g. PhD student) in the field, with at least one published paper in the area. Experience on Pytorch development is required.  

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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