Postdoctoral researcher in machine learning and NLP

Changed on 25/08/2021

Inria has artificial intelligence, machine learning and related topics as one of its five priority focuses. Recent results in these areas have created important opportunities for dealing with information stored in unstructured form and, in particular, in the form of text. At Inria Chile we seek to develop these research directions by recruiting specialists in natural language processing and understanding (NLP), graph-based neural networks, deep learning and hybrid neuro/symbolic systems. In turn, we seek to apply these principles in projects related to scientific information understanding, marine ecology, climate change mitigation, accident prevention, mining, intelligent agriculture, among others.


*Deadline for applications: September 23, 2021.

Position description



Scientific direction

Number of Positions



Place of work


Inria Chile Offices

Direct Supervisor


Scientific Director



Full time

Duration of employment contract


3 months probationary fixed-term contract (then permanent contract in case of successful completion of the missions entrusted).

Objectives and Duties of the Position

The duties of the position are:

  • Creation and optimization of models using machine learning techniques.
  • Conceptualization and development of tools within the state of the art of natural language processing and machine learning.
  • Improving data collection procedures to include relevant information for the creation of analytical systems.
  • Attracting R&D funding with industry and academia.
  • Do ad-hoc analysis, visualize and report results clearly.
  • Co-development of software with Inria project teams.
  • Participation in the implementation, maintenance and support of experimental platforms and software developments related to these platforms.
  • Participation of a network of development experts within the center and/or at national and international level.
  • Creation of training courses, sharing knowledge of technology watch, tools or recommended development methods.
  • Technical mentoring of junior engineers or interns as part of technology development actions.
  • Prepare reports, scientific papers, minutes and reports as required, in collaboration with Inria Chile team members.
  • Participate in dissemination actions such as courses, conferences, lectures, etc.

Role Specifications


Educational background:

  • PhD in computer science, computer science, computer science, engineering, statistics, applied mathematics, and related careers.


  • Publications in the area in reputable media.
  • Autonomy and leadership to organize R&D projects and attract funding.
  • Advanced command of English. French desirable.
  • Ability to find solutions to ill-defined problems by leveraging pattern detection on potentially large data sets.
  • Excellent understanding of basic machine learning techniques and algorithms.
  • Up-to-date on the state of the art in areas related to neural networks, deep learning, convolutional networks, recurrent, etc.
  • Familiarity with major natural language understanding problems.
  • Programming languages: Python and at least one of the following: JavaScript, Java, Scala, C, C++, R or Matlab.

Desired knowledge:

  • Reinforcement learning, active learning, transfer learning.
  • Skills in applied statistics, design of experiments, distributions, hypothesis testing, etc.
  • Machine learning development stack (scikit-learn, Tensorflow/PyTorch, Jupyter, Spark, etc.).
  • Methodologies: Scrum, Test Driven Development, Continuous Integration.
  • Experience in maintaining an open source project with packaging, regular releases on standard distribution channels and issue tracking.
  • Coordination and project management skills.


  • Autonomy, curiosity and liking to work in a team.
  • Interest in multidisciplinary work.
  • Quality of work.
  • Organization and planning of tasks.
  • Proactivity.


  • To be part of an institution of excellence and international recognition
  • 13th salary
  • Complementary health insurance
  • 5 additional vacation days
  • Voluntary Pension Savings Incentives

Required Documentation

Send application to including:

  • Name of the position in the subject line of the email
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Date of availability
  • Motivation letter
  • 2 letters of recommendation