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Type: Female Fellowship Program
Name (ID): Idiap Fellowship for Female Researchers (OP-20200304-175356)
Supervised by: François Foglia

Description:

About the Idiap Fellowship for Female Researchers

Idiap is an equal opportunity employer. It seeks to maintain a principle of open competition (on the basis of merit) to appoint the best candidates, provides equal opportunity for all candidates, and equally encourages both genders to apply to all positions advertised by the institute.

 

In addition to its regular job openings and in line with other “Advancement of Women in Science” programs across Europe, the Idiap Research Institute wishes to further contribute to the advancement of women in science and engineering, specifically in the area of Artificial Intelligence in the widest sense, by giving female researchers from academia or industry an additional opportunity for joining Idiap via a dedicated fellowship to develop their own research projects while benefiting from Idiap’s environment, infrastructure and multi-disciplinary expertise.

 

The fellowship is targeted at a wide variety of researchers, at different stages in their career, including recent graduates of PhD programs who want to "kickstart" their career and strengthen their independent research portfolio, or providing an opportunity for researchers returning from a career break (e.g. due to family commitments) to re-enter the paid work force. The fellowship may also be of interest to more senior researchers who wish to spend a year focusing on their own research topic.

 

The main aims of the program are to:

  • Contribute to the advancement of women in science and engineering;
  • Provide the selected candidates with direct access to Idiap's data and resources in order to help them carry out their research projects;
  • Provide the opportunity to collaborate with Idiap research staff and promote networking within a worldwide research community;
  • Extend Idiap's scientific and industrial network.

 

The selected candidate is encouraged to initiate collaboration with our researchers on a specific research project, ideally aiming for joint publications and sustainable collaboration beyond their stay, or to develop their own research program. The fellowship holders will be provided with the same facilities than any other research staff.

 

Fellowship holders will be given the opportunity to work at Idiap on their own research topic for one year (or equivalent time), with possibility for extension. Fellowship holders who demonstrate excellence during the period of their appointment will have the opportunity to be considered for permanent researcher positions at Idiap.

 

Finances

A budget has been set aside to fund this Fellowship for Female Researchers, and the selected candidate will receive a competitive salary. Idiap will provide assistance in obtaining the necessary visa and work permit. Idiap will also assist the candidate in finding local accommodations.

 

Eligibility and Application

To qualify for this fellowship program at Idiap, the applicants must propose to work on a project related to at least one of Idiap's research directions or should propose a more independent research project, still complementing well our current research activities (https://www.idiap.ch/en/scientific-research).

All applicants must have a PhD degree in engineering, physics, computer science, or applied mathematics. They should also demonstrate excellent research experience in their field, strong publication record (comparing well with peers with same seniority level), and ability to do creative and significant research with relative level of autonomy. Applicants should also demonstrate a strong background in statistics, linear algebra, signal processing, C/C++/Python programming, and Linux environment.

 

Applications should be submitted in electronic form exclusively through Idiap's Online Recruitment System and include the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation, including the preferred starting dates and the specific activities you would like to focus on;
  • CV with a record of funding and publications;
  • A short proposal (5 pages maximum) of a research plan referring to the focus of your fellowship. This must include the following items: Summary, Objectives, Literature review, Data, Methods, Expected results, relationship with Idiap research and expected collaborations.

Screening and selection will start on June 1, 2020, and will continue until the Female Fellowship position has been filled.

 

Life in Valais

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 of Lausanne and Geneva.

 

Although Idiap is located in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, English is the official working language. French lessons are provided on a complimentary basis


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.

For frequently asked questions (FAQs) about living in Switzerland, please go to http://www.idiap.ch/en/faq

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