Postdoc position offer in mathematical statistics and machine learning in INRAE Montpellier

We are searching for a postdoctoral candidate to work in the university
Potsdam, Germany. This is in the context of the bilateral research
program ASCAI between Germany and France funded by ANR and DFG. This
project brings together researchers in Statistics and Computer Science
from Potsdam, Montpellier, Paris-Saclay and Munich. The general aim of
this project is to provide theoretical grounds for a collection of
unsupervised learning that includes seriation, ranking, time series
segmentation, and hierarchical clustering. In particular, we plan to
characterize the optimal (in the minimax sense) learning rates for a
class of related latent models. Moreover, many modern unsupervised
learning applications are essentially of an online nature - and
sometimes decisions have to be made sequentially on top of that. For
instance, consider a recommender systems that sequentially recommends
items to users. In this context where sequential, active recommendations
are made, it is important to leverage the latent structure underlying
the individuals. We mainly seek a motivated researcher with a strong
mathematical background. Depending on their interests, the candidate
will work on any topic fitting within ASCAI.

Topics: unsupervised learning, clustering, ranking, segmentation, active

Location: INRAE Montpellier, France within MISTEA lab

Required skills: a PhD in Statistics or Machine Learning and a strong
mathematical background and record

Duration: 18 Months

Gross Salary : The salary is determined by the collective bargaining
agreement for public employees in France (INM), it is a full time position.

Starting Date : No later than September 2022

Supervision and Contact: : Nicolas Verzelen (
Depending on the interests of the candidates, close collaborations are
possible with the partners of ASCAI project in TU Munich, Paris-Saclay,
or Potsdam.

Requested documents for application : A resume, a cover letter, and one
or two recommendation letters should be sent to Nicolas Verzelen
( Start the application email with [Postdoc
application for ASCAI].

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