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Research Scientists or Senior Research Scientists for Artificial Intelligence [ref. 1911-349-ML]

NEC Laboratories Europe has immediate openings for

Research Scientists or Senior Research Scientists for Artificial Intelligence



NEC is a leading global manufacturer and service provider of telecommunication, computer and electronic devices, which brings together and integrates technology and expertise to create the ICT-enabled society of tomorrow. Every day, its innovative solutions for society contribute to greater safety, security, efficiency and equality, and enable people to live brighter lives. NEC collaborates closely with partners and customers around the world, orchestrating each project to ensure all its parts are fine-tuned to local needs. This challenging mission is captured by the slogan “Orchestrating a brighter world”.
NEC maintains a worldwide network of subsidiary companies, which includes operations in Europe where NEC performs various sales, manufacturing and R&D functions. Today, NEC Europe has more than 20 branches and subsidiaries throughout Europe, employing approximately 1000 personnel, located across Europe, Russia, Africa and the Middle East.

NEC Laboratories Europe located in Heidelberg, Germany was established in 1994 with special emphasis on meeting the needs of NEC’s European customers. It conducts research, development and standardization on cutting-edge ICT technologies while creating innovative social solutions. Current topics include 5G networks, data science, artificial intelligence, IoT platforms, software-defined networking, blockchain, and IoT security. These technologies will advance NEC’s Solutions for the Society, including areas such as lifeline and communication infrastructures, safer cities and public services.

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We enhance the capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) systems by combining logic and deep learning. Our research overcomes restrictions of deep learning to low-dimensional data structures. Enhanced with representation learning methods, we apply deep learning to systems of high complexity with improved prediction accuracy, high scalability, and with a performance suited for low-latency applications.

We target to address the performance and scalability of machine learning platforms by accelerating learning and inference of neural networks as well as by providing optimized resource allocation for data-dependent workloads ion heterogeneous computing environments.

With this, we open up new business and government applications including personalized advertising, retail optimizations, financial predictions, health monitoring and public safety infrastructure planning.


NEC Laboratories Europe's machine learning group is looking for research scientists to design, develop, and implement ML algorithms with real-world impact. We are an international team of researchers who are excited about the potential of ML to power new products and services. We have a track record of producing top-tier research and we publish regularily at conferences such as ICML, NIPS, UAI, and EMNLP.

We are looking for researchers with expertise in explainable AI more broadly and/or with a background in learning-based methods that aim to combine symbolic (discrete) and subsymbolic (continuous) represen-tations. We want to find ways to make ML systems more human-friendly and interpretable. If you are excited about top-tier machine learning research and staying relevant to business applications, you should apply.

We participate in research projects with both industrial and academic partners. We want you to write your research papers and encourage you to stay actively involved in the research community. English is the working language in the lab. Initially, the position is limited to two years.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Publication(s) at top-tier AI/ML or NLP conferences (e.g., ICML, NIPS, UAI, KDD, EMNLP, ACL)
  • Experience in human-subject studies and human-centric artificial intelligence
  • Proficiency in programming languages such as Python
  • Good written and spoken communication skills
  • Familiarity with machine learning and data science libraries such as scikit-learn, PyTorch, and Tensorflow.
  • Experience with ML methods combining discrete and continuous representations; hybrid ML

We expect a PhD degree in computer science or a related field.

Please send your application by 31st January, 2020 electronically via the applications web system with reference to [1911-349-ML].

Dr. Mathias Niepert/ Manager Machine Learning /
Data Science and System Platform Division

Job function
Information Technology; Research&Development

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