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Type: PhD Student
Name (ID): Speculative PhD student applications (OP-SPONTANEOUS-DOCTORAL)


The Idiap Research Institute is always open to spontaneous/speculative applications (no specific deadline) as PhD student in one of the Idiap research fields, or in other areas that could directly benefit (or help us to diversify) from our core competencies.
In this case, and in addition to the usual CV, we strongly encourage applicants to clearly identify how they could contribute to our activities. Applications providing a clear research plan (one page maximum) are also very much encouraged and will be given full attention.
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 enrollment by the Electrical Engineering Doctoral School (EDEE) or the Computer, Communication and Information Sciences Doctoral School (EDIC) before joining Idiap.
Candidates should hold a master degree, in engineering, physics, computer science, or applied mathematics. She or he should also demonstrate a strong background in statistics, linear algebra, signal processing, C/C++ programming, Perl and/or Python scripting languages, and Linux environment.

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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