Post-doctoral researcher position

Machine learning algorithms & theory

Ref. 2019-21

Project description

The Cloud Storage and Analytics team at IBM Research – Zurich is conducting state-of-the-art research related to algorithms and systems for large-scale machine learning. We are looking to expand our team by creating a new position focused on theory and algorithms for machine learning. This position will involve designing and prototyping of new machine learning algorithms and evaluating their performance both empirically and theoretically. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) ensemble learning, distributed learning, boosting and automated machine learning.

Successful research will be published in top AI conferences and potentially integrated into IBM’s AI product offerings. Our team has a proven track record in this area, having developed a new software framework for high-performance, distributed machine learning (Snap ML), and published research papers in top AI conferences. We are seeking an outstanding post-doctoral researcher to contribute to the above research project.


Candidates are expected to have the following background and interests

  • PhD in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Statistics or a related field
  • Publications in top AI conferences (NeurIPS, ICML, AISTATS, AAAI)
  • Experience with C++ and/or Python
  • Practical experience with machine-learning frameworks (scikit-learn, TensorFlow, PyTorch)
  • Familiarity with version-control systems (git)
  • Self-motivation and passion for problem solving
  • Excellent teamwork as well as written and oral communication skills

The position is available immediately for a duration of 24 months. The successful candidate will enjoy an internationally competitive salary and work in a collaborative and creative group in an exclusive research environment.


IBM is committed to diversity at the workplace. We offer a diverse, independent professional activity, with experienced colleagues in a friendly atmosphere on our campus. You will find a dynamic, multi-cultural environment, and flexible working conditions. Women are expressly invited to apply.

How to apply

Candidates with the background and interests listed above are encouraged to send their CV including a list of publications and references to:

Judith Blanc
HR Business Partner
IBM Research – Zurich
Säumerstrasse 4
8803 Rüschlikon