PhD and Postdoc openings in Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning, and Computer Vision

Job description

Our vision is to make drones one day able to navigate as birds or better than birds, using mainly onboard vision sensors. To achieve this goal we investigate how machine learning, novel sensors (such as event cameras), and coupled perception and control can be used to advance the state of the art. We are looking for motivated researchers to help make this vision a reality!

The PhD or Postdoctoral researcher in Deep Learning will work on perception algorithms that use Deep Learning to achieve invariance and robustness to strong environmental changes (HDR scenes, motion blur, illumination, perceptual ambiguities, weather, etc.). Moreover, he/she will extend current machine learning techniques on new, revolutionary sensor types, such as event cameras.

The PhD or Postdoctoral researcher in (Inverse) Reinforcement Learning will develop models that allow a robot to interact with its environment in order to achieve some complex tasks. At the same time, the robot should learn how to cope with high variability in environmental conditions. These models will be built and tested both on real world and simulated environments. The main application domains will micro flying robots.

The PhD researcher in Computer Vision will develop tracking and mapping (SLAM) algorithms that use new, revolutionary vision sensors, such as the event camera or the SCAMP sensor.

An up-to-date list of our current research projects is here. For videos, please check out our YouTube channel.


The position is fully funded. PhD student and Postdoc positions in Switzerland are regular jobs with social benefits (i.e., a pension plan!). You will get a very competitive salary and access to excellent research facilities (motion capture, 3D printing, a large flying arena, electronic and machine workshops). Zurich is regularly ranked among the top cities in the world for quality of life. Additionally, we have a very enjoyable work atmosphere and organize many social events, such as ski trips, hikes, dinners, and lab retreats.

Who we are

We are a research lab of across two departments: the Institute of Informaticsthe University of Zurich and the Institute of Neuroinformatics of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich. The lab was founded in 2012 and has made world-class contributions in visual SLAM, event-based vision, and vision-based navigation of quadrotors, which resulted in many prestigious awards, research grants, and media coverage . Our lab has been many times in the in the spotlight of the international press. More recently, we were on many news worldwide for our works on deep learning for autonomous forest trail following and agile navigation of quadrotors using standard cameras or event based cameras.

Your Skills:

  • A passion for computer vision, robotics, mathematics, programming and abstract thinking
  • Excellent written and spoken English skills
  • For Postdocs:
    • a PhD degree in computer engineering, computer science, robotics, or related fields
    • Excellent track record (publications in high-impact-factor conferences and journals)
  • For PhD candidates: a Master degree in computer engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, robotics, physics, or related fields
  • In addition, you should meet the following requirements:

      for the Postdoc in Reinforcement Learning for Robotics

    • Proven theoretical and practical experience in solving large-scale reinforcement-learning problems.
    • Ability to develop and implement complex algorithms efficiently

      for the Postdoc in Deep Learning for Computer Vision

    • Proven theoretical and practical experience in large scale computer vision, machine learning, and recommender systems problems.
    • Experience in complex systems' analysis, including multi-objective optimization and the quantification of uncertainty as it propagates through a complex system.
    • Experience working independently in a shared machine learning implementation setting

    Recommended: Strong experience with C++, Python, Deep Learning frameworks, GPU optimization skills. Familiarity with tools such as ROS, TensorFlow, OpenCV, and Git is desirable.

Starting Date

Starting Date: immediately but later starts (even in 2018) are also possible. The evaluation of the candidates starts immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Check here for updates.

How to apply

PhD candidates: APPLY HERE

You will be requested to upload single PDF including (in the order):

  • 1. Letter of motivation (max half page). Please specify your strong experience in the fields related to the openings. Postdocs applicants, please show evidence with publications in strong venues.
  • 2. Your CV (please include: your Nationality for visa requirements, Date of Birth, your English level, scientific publications, hobbies). Postdoc applicants: please include the publication list and reprints of your 3 major publications;
  • 3. List of at least 3 referees (support-letter writers). Support letters will be requested only if your application is considered. So you don't need to upload them now.
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Please include your homepage and link to videos if available. The letter of motivation should comment on the required skills mentioned in the bullet point list above.


For questions, please contact Prof. Davide Scaramuzza at: careersrpg (AT) ifi (DOT) uzh (DOT) ch (please do not use his private email for inquiries about these job positions). Applications sent directly by email and not through the web form will not be considered. In case of positive feedback, you will be contacted within 4 weeks from your application. If not positive, you won't hear back.