Postdoctoral Researcher - Machine Learning and Big Data - Sleep Revolution

Updated: 9 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 01 Dec 2021

The Reykjavik University Sleep Institute is looking for a postdoctoral researcher (or research specialist) with a strong background in Machine Learning for the Horizon 2020 project Sleep Revolution, sponsored by the European Commission (no. 965417). 

The project is led by Reykjavik University (RU), in collaboration with 36 other partners in Europe and Australia. The research partners are from academia, industry, and health institutions. The work is highly multi-disciplinary with involvement at RU of the following four departments: Department of Engineering, Department of Computer Sciences, Department of Sport Science, and Department of Psychology.

The postdoctoral researcher will play a key role in the project, which has the goal to create a revolution in sleep data analysis in order to improve the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Big Data Analysis and Signal Processing.
  • Developing and implementing machine learning and deep learning methods for automatic analysis of sleep measurements and for event detection (based on time series data).
  • Developing algorithmic pipelines to facilitate deep learning analysis.
  • Code optimisation and code efficiency (we will be processing over 30.000 sleep studies); optimisation is key.
  • Management of undergraduate and graduate students in conjunction with academic staff.


  • A Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Machine Learning, Data Science, Statistics, Information Systems, Mathematics, Engineering, or related fields.
  • Deep knowledge of machine learning and extensive respective hands-on experience.
  • Background in biological systems/signals and/or sleep data background is beneficial.
  • Self-organised with a strong ability to work autonomously.
  • Flexible, result-oriented, willing to learn and willing to work in a dynamic environment with a diverse team.
  • Previous publications of multi-disciplinary nature are a bonus.
  • Dynamic and communicative personality with high social competence.
  • Strong ability to communicate in English (oral and written) is essential.
  • Be located in Reykjavík, Iceland, or be willing to relocate.

All applications must be accompanied by a CV with information about previous jobs, education, references, etc., and a cover letter where the applicant can justify the reasons for being the right person for the job. Please include links to public software repositories with any relevant projects and include both published papers and submitted papers in your CV.

The deadline for applications is December 1, 2021. The position is project-related and, thus, temporary for 3 years. Start is February 1, 2021 or by agreement. All inquiries and applications will be treated as confidential.

Any questions regarding working in Iceland or about Reykjavik University should be sent to . Questions regarding the research work may be sent to Lara Jonasdottir, Sleep Revolution Senior project manager, .

Reykjavik University (RU)

Reykjavík University has around 3.700 students and 250 faculty and employees in addition to numerous adjunct faculty in two schools: Technology and Social Sciences. We offer a welcoming and stimulating environment in which to work and live. The University is centrally located in Reykjavík, the capital city of Iceland.

The role of Reykjavik University is to create and disseminate knowledge to enhance the competitiveness and quality of life for individuals and society, guided by good ethics, sustainability and responsibility. Education and research at RU are based on strong ties with industry and society. We emphasize interdisciplinary collaboration, international relations and entrepreneurship.

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