2003: Jobs for Postdocs and PhD Students

All positions are now filled (3 postdocs and 3 PhDs)! Our budget is limited, and so we sadly were not able to consider several great candidates with impressive CVs. Do not hesitate, however, to apply for future job openings to appear under !

Jürgen Schmidhuber is offering several job openings for outstanding postdocs and PhD students interested in at least one of the following topics:
  • Optimal Incremental Search Algorithms and the New AI. (Postdoc and PhD position filled)
    In particular: apply variants / extensions of the recent "Optimal Ordered Problem Solver" (OOPS) to all kinds of interesting and challenging optimization tasks (e.g., robotics, NP-hard benchmark problems, reinforcement learning and control, prediction, others).

  • Recurrent Neural Networks (Postdoc and PhD position filled)
    Possible backgrounds: Speech processing, music. In particular, we expect the novel LSTM recurrent nets to outperform traditional HMMs in certain speech applications, and want to test this.
  • Universal Learning Algorithms (Postdoc and PhD position filled)
Before applying, please check out the links above and download some material such that you can convince us that we should hire you.

Possible backgrounds are computer science, physics, mathematics, etc. The initial appointment will be for 2 years. Normally there will be a prolongation. PhD students should finish their thesis within 3-4 years.

SALARY: PhD students: roughly SFR 35,000 per year (US$ 27,000 as of May 2003). Postdocs: roughly SFR 72,000 per year (US$ 55,000 as of May 2003). Low taxes. No teaching - just research. There is travel funding in case of papers accepted at important conferences.

Applicants should submit as soon as possible: (i) Detailed curriculum vitae, (ii) List of three references and their email addresses, (iii) Concise statement of their research interests (one page max), and how they fit at least one of the topics mentioned above. Please send all documents to: Juergen Schmidhuber, IDSIA, Galleria 2, 6928 Manno (Lugano), Switzerland.

Applications in plain ASCII format (plain text files!) can also be submitted by email (only small files please) to Do NOT send large files. Instead send WWW pointers. 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:
subject: John.Smith.txt,
subject: John.Smith.statement.txt,
This will facilitate appropriate filing of your stuff. Thanks a lot!

(IDSIA is generally methodical and thorough in its professional searches, and may take several years to fill a position in a targeted field, so failure to make an appointment in any given year should not be misinterpreted as a loss of interest in that field.)

IDSIA logo IDSIA's research focuses on optimal universal search algorithms, artificial neural nets, universal reinforcement learners and predictors, complexity and generalization issues, unsupervised learning and information theory, forecasting, artificial ants, combinatorial optimization, 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). 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." Our most important work was done after 1997 though. Some of IDSIA's results were reviewed not only in science journals such as NATURE and SCIENCE and SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN (cover story), but also in the popular press, including TIME magazine, the NEW YORK TIMES, der SPIEGEL, and many others.

Our collaborators at CSCS (the Swiss supercomputing center) are right beneath us; we are also affiliated with the University of Lugano and SUPSI, and collaborate with leading Swiss institutes such as ETHZ and EPFL.

Albert Einstein Generally speaking, Switzerland is a good place for scientists. It is the origin of special relativity (1905) and World Wide Web (1990), has been home of or is associated with 105 Nobel laureates, boasts by far the most Nobel prizes per capita (450% of US value), the highest citation impact factor, and the highest supercomputing capacity per capita.

Matterhorn, Switzerland 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 (1999 case study). It also offers some of the best skiing and chocolate, and got the highest ranking in the World Database of Happiness in Nations.