April 10 update: the position is filled - thanks a lot to all the excellent applicants! We are anticipating another related position (not yet official though). Please send an update in case you are interested in that one, too. -Jürgen Schmidhuber
robot from the SWARMBOT project

Postdoc Position at IDSIA

(2 years; prolongation possible; announced Nov 2005)
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We are seeking an outstanding postdoc with experience / interest in topics such as sequence learning algorithms, adaptive robotics, recurrent neural networks (RNN), sequential active vision, hidden Markov models, dynamic Bayes nets and other Bayesian approaches, universal learning machines, Kolmogorov complexity / algorithmic information theory, artificial evolution, in particular RNN evolution, support vector machines (especially recurrent ones), reinforcement learning, curiosity- driven learning. Goal: to advance the state of the art in sequence learning in general, and to build vision-based robots and other agents that learn to solve challenging tasks.

No teaching required - just research. The official language at IDSIA is English.

Possible start: Around June 2006, for 2 years; prolongation possible. Salary commensurate with experience: roughly SFR 72,000 per year, or US$ 55,655 as of Dec 19 2005. Low taxes. There is travel funding in case of papers accepted at important conferences.

Applicants should submit as soon as possible: (i) Curriculum vitae, (ii) List of three references and their email addresses, (iii) Brief statement on how their research interests fit the topics above.

Submit your application in plain ASCII format (plain text files!) by email to juergen@idsia.ch. Small PDF attachments are ok (but no .doc files, please). Do NOT send large files; instead send URLs. In the subject header, please mention your name and the keyword postdoc2006. For example, if your name is John Smith, use subject: John Smith postdoc2006.

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IDSIA's research focuses on combinatorial optimization and artificial ants, artificial recurrent neural networks, learning robots, universal predictors and reinforcement learners, optimal universal search algorithms (e.g., Gödel machine & OOPS), complexity and generalization issues, unsupervised learning and information theory, forecasting, evolutionary computation. IDSIA is small but visible, competitive, and influential. Its algorithms hold the world records for several important operations research benchmarks (e.g., see NATURE 406(6791):39-42 for an overview of IDSIA's artificial ant algorithms). Some of IDSIA's results were reviewed not only in science journals such as Nature, Science, Scientific American, but also in the popular press, including TIME magazine, the New York Times, der SPIEGEL, and many others. IDSIA has strong ties to the TU Munich lab of cognitive robotics at TUM Computer Science.
IDSIA was the smallest of the world's top ten AI labs listed in the 1997 "X-Lab Survey" by Business Week magazine, and ranked in fourth place in the category "Computer Science - Biologically Inspired". IDSIA's most important work was done after 1997 though.

Some previous IDSIA postdocs who went on to become professors

Switzerland is a good place for scientists. It is the origin of special relativity (1905) and the World Wide Web (1990), is associated with 105 Nobel laureates, boasts by far the most Nobel prizes per capita (350% more than the US), the world's highest number of publications per capita, the highest number of patents per capita, the highest citation impact factor, etc.
IDSIA is located near the beautiful city of Lugano in Ticino (pictures), the scenic southernmost province of Switzerland. Milano, Italy's center of fashion and finance, is 1 hour away, Venice 3 hours.
For decades, Switzerland has been the world's richest nation. It also got the highest ranking in the "World Database of Happiness."