Both positions are now filled! Our budget is limited, and so we sadly were not able to consider several great candidates with impressive CVs. If you were among them then I do hope you are not too disappointed now, and I would like to thank you once more for your efforts, and I wish you all the best for your future carreer!
Juergen Schmidhuber

Note: we expect to have new job openings in the near future. Please don't hesitate to contact me again once new positions are available - usually they are posted under
For the record, here is the old announcement:


We are seeking two outstanding postdocs in the fields of reinforcement learning, robotics, artificial neural networks, unsupervised learning, independent component analysis, complexity theory, minimal description length, Kolmogorov complexity, and/or related areas. The initial appointment would be for 2 years, with possibility of prolongation.

To get an idea of our research interests in these areas, please have a look at the following publications:
J.  Schmidhuber, J.  Zhao, N. Schraudolph. Reinforcement learning with self-modifying policies. In S. Thrun and L. Pratt, eds., Learning to learn, Kluwer, pages 293-309, 1997.
M. Hutter. A Theory of Universal Artificial Intelligence based on Algorithmic Complexity Technical Report (2000), cs.AI/0004001.
S. Hochreiter and J. Schmidhuber. Long Short-Term Memory. Neural Computation, 9(8):1735-1780, 1997.
F. A. Gers and J. Schmidhuber and F. Cummins. Learning to Forget: Continual Prediction with LSTM. Neural Computation, 12(10):2451--2471, 2000.
S. Hochreiter and J. Schmidhuber. Feature extraction through LOCOCODE. Neural Computation 11(3): 679-714, 1999.
M. Hutter. New Error Bounds for Solomonoff Prediction Journal of Computer and System Science (2000).
J . Schmidhuber. Algorithmic theories of everything. Technical Report IDSIA-20-00, Version 2.0 (quant-ph/0011122).
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Applicants should submit : (i) Detailed curriculum vitae, (ii) List of three references and their email addresses, (iii) Concise statement of their research interests (two pages max). Please send all documents to:

Juergen Schmidhuber, IDSIA, Galleria 2, 6928 Manno (Lugano), Switzerland.

Applications in plain ASCII format can also be submitted by email (only small files please) to Do NOT send doc or pdf or large postscript files. Instead send WWW pointers to postscript files. Please connect your first and last name by a dot "." in the subject header, and add a meaningful extension. For instance, if your name is John Smith, then your messages could have headers such as:
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This will facilitate appropriate filing of your stuff. Thanks a lot!

ABOUT IDSIA. Our research focuses on artificial neural nets, reinforcement learning, complexity and generalization issues, unsupervised learning and information theory, forecasting, artificial ants, combinatorial optimization, evolutionary computation. IDSIA is small but visible, competitive, and influential. IDSIA's algorithms hold the world records for several important operations research benchmarks (see Nature 406(6791):39-42 for an overview of artificial ant algorithms developed at IDSIA). In the "X-Lab Survey" by Business Week magazine, IDSIA was ranked in fourth place in the category "COMPUTER SCIENCE - BIOLOGICALLY INSPIRED" - after the Santa Fe Institute, Stanford University, and EPFL (also in Switzerland). Its comparatively tiny size notwithstanding, IDSIA also ranked among the top ten labs worldwide in the broader category "ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE".

IDSIA is located near the beautiful city of Lugano in Ticino (pictures), the scenic southernmost province of Switzerland, origin of special relativity and the WWW. Milano, Italy's center of fashion and finance, is 1 hour away, Venice 3 hours. Our collaborators at CSCS (the Swiss supercomputing center) are right beneath us; we are also affiliated with the University of Lugano and SUPSI. Switzerland boasts the highest citation impact factor, the highest supercomputing capacity pc (per capita), the most Nobel prizes pc (450 % of the US value), the highest income pc, and perhaps the best chocolate.

SALARY: commensurate with experience but generally attractive. Low taxes. There is travel funding in case of papers accepted at important conferences.

Juergen Schmidhuber, director, IDSIA
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