Research Group Leader in Computational Imaging

Updated: 9 months ago
Deadline: 15 Nov 2019

We offer a career opportunity to an entrepreneurial-minded academic in the field of photonics and computational imaging. By accepting the challenge, you will establish your own interdisciplinary research group and work with the modern imaging challenges combining the science of light and computer science. In addition to top-notch research, you will develop courses in photonics and lead applied research projects together with industry.

Who do we need

R4 or highly motivated R3 researcher to establish a research unit within the University of Tartu (UTartu), that will become a world leader in Computational Imaging, a subfield of photonics. The working and teaching language is English. 

What do we offer

Funding for the Chair holder and the research team is granted in the amount of 2.5 M€ for the next 5 years from the Horizon 2020 Widening ERA Chair project. The funding provides a competitive salary and fully funded positions for the team. For the Chair holder it is a 4.5 year full time academic position, which can be extended if successful. Indicative team size would be two researchers, two post-docs and 5-6 PhD students. 

Why Tartu

The ERA Chair holder and the team has the opportunity to work together with existing strong scientific research teams in UTartu in the fields of optics, spectroscopy, machine vision, remote sensing, robotics, mathematics, and informatics. International curricula in the Faculty of Science and Technology await to host courses in photonics and to provide motivated students in return. Estonian’s famous start-up culture and hi-tech companies open new routes for innovation in both local and global scale. 

Facts and Figures

University of Tartu is a classical University covering most research areas and disciplines, with ca 13 000 students enrolled. In addition to being one of the oldest Universities in the region, founded in 1632, today it is the most successful one belonging to top 1.2% of the world's best universities according to the THE World University Rankings ranking. 

How to apply

Applications should include CV together with the list of publications, motivation letter, and research agenda together with contacts of three references. Please introduce the relevance of your most important work. Applications should be sent to project coordinator .

The hiring process

Successful candidates will be invited to meet the project team over a web interview. The second round of interviews with selected candidates will take place in Tartu during December 2019 and January 2020. The newly selected ERA Chair holder will join the academic family of UTartu by March 2020.

The open, transparent and merit-based hiring process will rely on performance based hiring methodology, and commit to gender equality.

Further information 

About the position please contact project coordinator Heli Lukner, PhD,

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This position has been awarded funding from the H2020 ERA Chairs program grant no 857627, CIPHR.

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