Two PhD positions in deep learning for natural language processing W/M

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Published on 23/02/2024
  • Subsidiary :  Natural Language Understanding

  • Contract type:  Fixed-Term contract

  • Work time:  Full time

  • Location Martigny


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Job description

Idiap Research Institute seeks qualified candidates for two PhD student positions at the intersection of machine learning and natural language processing. These researchers will investigate representation learning for language, as part of a Swiss NSF project building on our recent Bayesian extension of Transformers. Our nonparametric variational Bayesian framework provides novel insights into attention-based models and has demonstrated important advantages, which we will leverage and extend to develop new deep learning architectures and investigate their interpretability, controllability and applications.

The successful PhD candidates will join the Natural Language Understanding group at Idiap, under the supervision of Dr. James Henderson. They will also become doctoral students at EPFL conditional on parallel application to, and acceptance by, the EPFL Doctoral School. Appointment for a PhD position is for a maximum of 4 years, provided successful progress, and should lead to a dissertation.

Starting date is to be negotiated, but expected to be May-October 2024. All queries related to the advertised position can be sent to Dr. James Henderson (

Idiap takes gender balance and diversity seriously in our hiring decisions.

Sought profil

The ideal PhD candidates should hold a Masters degree in computer science, artificial intelligence, or related fields.
She or he should have a background in machine learning, and experience in natural language processing would be a plus. The applicant should also have strong mathematical and programming skills.

Required languages

  • English English - Level advanced

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