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Type: Postdoc
Name (ID): Postdoc in Explainable AI with applications to medical data (OP-20211206-120943)
Supervised by: André RABELLO DOS ANJOS


The Idiap Research Institute invites applications for one postdoc position shared between the Biosignal Processing, and Reasoning & Explainable AI Groups. In this project, the Postdoc Researcher will spend  around 70% of their time on an industry-academia project entitled "Safe & Explainable Clinical AI for Orthopaedic Surgical Assessment (SECure)", and 30% working on the explainability of Tuberculosis detection via Chest X-Ray images.

The work for the first project consists in the design of a safe and explainable ML-based system that supports a qualified physician to decide whether or not surgery is indicated for a given patient. The postdoc will be involved on the write-up of an extension project to be submitted, which would allow them to extend their engagement with Idiap for another year or two, if accepted. The work for the second project consists in the analysis of imaging data in search for explainable factors tying in Tuberculosis diagnosis with radiological findings. The postdoc is also expected to contribute to follow-up academic projects in this context.

 Ideal candidates should:

 * hold a Ph.D. degree in computer science, or related fields
 * have a background in machine learning, statistics or applied mathematics, and optimisation, linear algebra and signal processing
 * have strong english writing skills
 * have strong programming skills and be familiar with Python (pytorch specific knowledge is a plus), shell programming, and with the Linux operating system.
 * a background in explainability applied to machine learning will be considered a plus.
 * experience with reproducibility will be considered a plus
 * experience with medical applications will be considered a plus

Shortlisted candidates may undergo a series of tests including technical reading and writing in English and programming (in Python). Appointment for the position is for 1 year (renewable upon conditions specified above). Starting date is as soon as possible.

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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