Postdoctoral Position in Multimedia Recommender Systems and Summarization, Switzerland

Deadline: 30 June, 2012
Open to: Candidates, who hold a PhD degree in computer science or information technology (including multimedia systems, recommender systems, information retrieval, or human language technology)
Fellowship: not specified


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position at Idiap in multimedia retrieval,recommender systems, and multimedia summarization. The position is offered for one year, withrenewal for a second year conditioned on satisfactory results. The position is open for the AROLES project (Automatic Recommendation of Lectures and Snippets) funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation through the IM2 NCCR . The AROLES project involves the Idiap Research Institute and Klewel SA, which provides a lecture capture and web-based broadcasting platform. Moreover, the work is also related to the European project InEvent coordinated by Idiap. The postdoc will develop a system for multimedia recommendation from the Klewel archive of lectures, taking advantage also of previous work at Idiap and in the IM2 NCCR on multimodalsignal processing and semantic relatedness. Additionally, the postdoc will develop a system to extract short multimedia summaries of the lectures.


Candidates should hold a PhD degree in computer science or information technology, in a field related to the position requirements above, including for instance (but not limited to) multimediasystems, recommender systems, information retrieval, or human language technology. Experience with technology transfer from research to commercial applications in a corporate setting is a plus.
Excellent programming and systems integration capacities are required. The candidates should demonstrate good communication and writing skills in English, knowledge of French being an advantage.
The position is offered for one year, with possible renewal for a second year based on satisfactory results. Review of the applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The Institute seeks to maintain a principle of open competition (on the basis of merit) to appoint the best candidate, provides equal opportunity forall candidates, and equally encourage both genders to apply. English is the working language.


Idiap offers competitive salaries and conditions at all levels in a young, dynamic, and multicultural environment. It is an equal opportunity employer and is actively involved in the “Advancement of Women in Science” European initiative. Idiap is an independent, non-profit research institute recognized and supported by the Swiss Government, and affiliated with the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). It 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 exciting recreational activities. It is within close proximity to Geneva and Lausanne. Although Idiap is located in the French part of Switzerland, English is the working language. Free French lessons are provided.


If you want to apply for this position, fill in the application form.
Further information about this position can be also requested by contacting Dr. Andrei Popescu-Belis, who will supervise the project.

The application deadline is 30 June, 2012.

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