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Postdoctoral Fellow in Machine Reasoning with Neural Networks

Laboratory on AI for Computational Biology at the Faculty of Computer Science

HSE University

Moscow, Russia


The Laboratory on AI for Computational Biology in Moscow, Russia, invites applications for postdoctoral research positions in the field of computational tandem mass spectrometry.


The research topic

Machine Reasoning (MR) with neural networks have become a crucial application problem in evaluating the progress of AI systems in measuring the progress of machine intelligence in general. However, most of the advances have focused on “shallow” tasks that can be tackled very effectively by existing machine learning techniques. Deep learning-based methods achieve a human-like performance on benchmark datasets; however, it is suspected that these methods merely learn to match the input to target or focus on specific traits of the data and do not perform real reasoning or cognition.

Research projects in the laboratory aim to catalyze the progress on complex reasoning systems using neuro-symbolic deep learning technologies in general and/or with the application on bioinformatics problems.

About HSE University

The Higher School of Economics (HSE University) is a young, dynamic and fast-growing Russian research university. Over the past 25 years, HSE University has become a leader in Russian education, while also being recognized globally.

For instance, we were the first state-run university in Russia to begin recruiting on the international academic market. We aim at being a university with a highly attuned approach to training new professionals. Therefore, we are eager to hire people with real experience, as well as basic and applied knowledge. Committed to high-quality research, HSE University now has more than 100 research institutes and centres and over 50 international research laboratories collaborating with international specialists from all over the world.


The general requirements for the postdoctoral fellowship positions are the following:

  • Candidates must hold a recent PhD in the field of Computer Science, Bioinformatics or related areas which was awarded over the last 5 years or received before starting work at HSE in a relevant field by an internationally recognized university and has been assessed by external reviewers as having the potential to pursue research that is publishable in leading peer-reviewed journals;
  • Candidates should have a strong background in machine learning, deep learning, data structures and classic algorithms, computer science, programming (Python, GPU), ability to work in team.
  • Fluent English is an obligatory condition as research and other activities are conducted in English. Knowledge of Russian is not required;
  • Relevant experience will be an asset although not required.



The position involves:

  • working under the direct supervision of Dr. Attila Kertesz-Farkas,
  • co-lead and co-manage research projects in the laboratory with the laboratory head.
  • working on your own project in the laboratory.
  • writing research papers for international peer-reviewed journals in co-authorship with the members of the Lab.
  • participation in the events of the Lab and the Department and other contribution to the Lab’s development;
  • public presentations of candidate’s own research to the academic community;
  • co-supervising bachelor, master and PhD students in the laboratory.
  • some teaching is encouraged, though not required.



Appointments are made for one year. Postdoctoral fellows have an opportunity of renewal of the contract (no more than two times).

HSE University offers postdoctoral fellows a competitive salary, the standard medical insurance plan, a working space equipped with a computer and free Internet access at the University.


Application Process

Applications must be submitted online. Please provide a CV, a statement of research interest and a recent research paper submitted via the online application form. At least two letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the International Faculty Recruitment Office at fellowship@hse.ru before the application deadline. Please note that direct applications to the hiring laboratory may not be reviewed.


Read more about the application process here.


The deadline for the applications is February 14, 2021.

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If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact the International Faculty Recruitment Office at fellowship@hse.ru


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