The IT University of Copenhagen invites highly motivated individuals to apply for two funded Postdoc positions starting 1 January 2021 or soon thereafter.
We invite applicants who want to contribute to the IT University’s vision of creating and sharing knowledge that is profound and leads to groundbreaking information technology and services for the benefit of humanity; and to contribute to the Digital Design Department’s research themes on care, creativity, participation, data and AI.
The positions are funded by a Villum Synergy grant led by Sebastian Risi and Anders Sundnes Løvlie.
This cross-disciplinary project aims to make contributions to both Machine Learning and Human-Computer Interactionby improving image recognition systems for non-photographic images (such as art images) through novel neural network architectures and training methods, as well as through a research through design exploration using these technologies to design new ways of experiencing art.
Image recognition systems perform well when detecting objects in photographic images, but poorly when confronted with an image style that is different from the data used in training – in particular when dealing with non-photographic images. This is remarkably different from human vision: Even a very small child can recognize the same objects in photographies and simple drawings. We hypothesize that developing visual recognition algorithms that can recognize depictions in art images may give us a deeper understanding of computer vision compared to human vision, and may help develop more general and robust vision algorithms. The overall goals of this project is to address the lack of sufficiently large datasets of non-photographic images for training, as well as the ethical and cultural tensions between computer vision and human interpretation of images.
The successful candidates should have experience in some of the following topics:
Position 1 (emphasis on machine learning)
- Machine learning
- Self-organizing neural systems
- Image recognition
Position 2 (emphasis on design):
- Experience design
- Research through design
- Digital art and aesthetics
- Human-AI interaction
For both positions, the ideal candidate should have:
- Commitment to work collaboratively on an interdisciplinary project
- Good publication record
Postdocs will be employed for a period of 2 years.
The successful candidate will work together with Anders Løvlie (https://pure.itu.dk/portal/da/persons/anders-sundnes-loevlie(22ec9269-2fff-4dbf-a9c7-5037559a15ee).html) and Sebastian Risi (https://pure.itu.dk/portal/da/persons/sebastian-risi(a420ffb3-2ca6-4925-a25f-baaa5228fc15).html) and join the Robotics, Evolution, and Art Lab (REAL) and the Media, Art and Design group (MAD), which are interdisciplinary research groups at the IT University of Copenhagen (see https://real.itu.dk and https://mad.itu.dk/).
The IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) was established in 1999 and is Denmark’s leading university focusing on IT research and education. We deliver state-of-the-art teaching and research within computer science, business IT and digital design. Our ambition is to create and share knowledge that is profound and leads to ground-breaking information technology and services for the benefit of humanity.
The university collaborates closely with industry, the public sector and international researchers and is characterized by a strong entrepreneurial spirit among students as well as researchers.
ITU’s modern campus in central Copenhagen is designed by the world-renowned Danish architect Henning Larsen.
Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).
The application must be in English and must include:
- A motivated application, why you are interested in the position, and how your profile fits the position.
- A full CV, including name, address, phone number, e-mail, previous and present employment and academic background
- Documentation of academic degrees including grade transcripts that documents outstanding academic achievement.
- A research statement, which provides evidence of independent thinking, novelty and originality, and a state-of-the art grasp of the targeted research field.
- Applications may also include up to 3 relevant scientific publication written by the applicant
- A numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications should be marked with an asterisk (*)
Applications without the above-mentioned required documents will not be assessed.
It is understood that even highly qualified applicants will satisfy these requirements to varying degrees, for example because of differences in publication cultures in various research fields.
The applicant will be accessed according to the Appointment Order from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of 13 March 2012.
The IT University may use shortlisting in connection to the recruitment process. In case of shortlisting, the Chair of the hiring committee selects applicants for assessment in consultation with the hiring committee after the application deadline. All applicants are notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. The shortlisting of candidates for assessment is based on the criteria in the job posting.
Early contact with our faculty staff is strongly encouraged.
Questions about position 1 can be directed to Professor Sebastian Risi, IT University of Copenhagen, firstname.lastname@example.org and questions about position 2 can be directed to Associate Professor Anders Sundnes Løvlie, email@example.com.
You can only apply for this position through our e-recruitment system. Apply by pushing the button “Apply for position” in the job announcement on our website: http://en.itu.dk/About-ITU/Vacancies
Applications must be written in English. All other documents, such as transcripts must be accompanied by a translation in English or Danish.
Please note that all application material will be destroyed after the assessment.
Application deadline: 18 November 2021, at 23:59 CET/CEST.
Applications/enclosures received at ITU after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration. If you submit an application, it is your responsibility to ensure that it arrives before the deadline so please allow sufficient time for upload of publications and other documents.
The IT University invites all qualified researchers regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background to apply for the positions.
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Post expires on Thursday November 18th, 2021