One Doctoral Student and One Postdoctoral Researcher Position for Multimodal Computer Vision and Radio-Based Sensing

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 31 Oct 2021

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Infotech Oulu Institute is one of the four strategic focus institutes at the University of Oulu supporting high-quality research, coordinating multidisciplinary research activities and doctoral training. Infotech’s science-based expertise meets global challenges determined in the strategy of the University of Oulu (UO) in the focus area” Digitalization and smart society” exploring how digitalization can work for everyone. The research topics include sensing and ubiquitous wireless sensor systems, wireless communication, and other novel services and systems. The research targets future information infrastructures and integrates aspects of technology adoption by complex human groups, communities, and societies.

We are now hiring a

Doctoral Student and a

Postdoctoral Researcher 

to work in MAALI, an Infotech research project led by Assistant Professor Miguel Bordallo López and Professor Olli Silvén, CMVS research unit, at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

The faculty, the research group and the research project

The positions are located at the Center for Machine Vision and Signal Analysis (CMVS ), Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE ) and in the 6G-Flagship ecosystem.

CMVS has achieved ground-breaking research results in many areas of its activity, including texture analysis, facial image analysis, 3D computer vision, energy-efficient architectures for embedded systems, and biomedical engineering. Among the highlights of its research are the Local Binary Pattern (LBP) methodology, LBP-based face descriptors, and methods for geometric camera calibration, which all are highly-cited and widely used around the world. The areas of application for CMVS's current research include affective computing, perceptual interfaces for human computer interaction, biometrics, augmented reality, and biosignal analysis.

6G Flagship is the world's first and leading 6G research, development, and innovation ecosystem coordinated by the University of Oulu, and appointed by the Academy of Finland, a governmental funding agency for high-quality scientific research. Research in 6G Flagship is organised into four interrelated strategic research areas where scientific breakthroughs are sought in the development of fundamental technology components for 6G systems.

The MAALI project investigates the creation of an intelligent autonomous multi-sensory stratified system to support assisted living. The research involves technologies that will aid early diagnosis, and monitoring of activity changes for the ageing people living at home. The objective is to impact the automation of a range of assisted living and healthcare needs by employing pattern recognition across a network of low-cost networked sensors in a home environment. The project aims to enhance existing assistive technologies by providing the capability to automatically monitor and reason over activity and vital signs data and communicate these data to support actors in case of emergency. The sensors inform each other about activities in the household and aim to extract the best possible information at each instant of time by employing signal processing and artificial intelligence methods.

Open position for a doctoral student

The position’s primary duties are to:

  • Carry out the implementation of the MAALI research project, leading to high quality academic publications.
  • Collaborate with program leaders to further the aims of Infotech Oulu, such as participating in seminars and workshops.
  • Taking part in teaching activities, depending on faculty needs.

The selected candidate will carry out his/her doctoral studies in the Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Doctoral Programme of the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS) and must meet the minimal requirements to receive doctoral study rights as defined in oulu.fi/uniogs/requirements_for_admission.

Qualification requirements for a doctoral student

  • We seek out candidates with a Master’s degree in Computer Science, Electrical/information engineering, medical technology or a related field. Degree must have been completed by 31.12.2021 (or latest before the job contract starts). Applicants will be either starting their doctoral training, or will have completed no more than two full years of training (adjusted for possible previous part-time status) at the time the position is filled.
  • We expect high motivation to pursue independent research and will to publish research results in relevant forums.
  • The successful candidate is fluent in both spoken and written English. Finnish skills are a plus.  
  • We expect suitability to work in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision and/of signal processing, reflected by relevant studies or previous experience in related topics.
  • We look for candidates with a positive and collaborative mindset, that meet the ability to interact with people from various backgrounds, including scientists, engineers and other societal actors.


Open position for a postdoctoral researcher

The position’s primary duties are to:

  • Lead the technical implementation of the MAALI research project, participating in several high quality academic publications and aiming at societal impact.
  • Collaborate in the supervision of Master and Doctoral students.
  • Collaborate with program leaders to further the aims of Infotech Oulu, such as participating in seminars and workshops.
  • Taking part in teaching activities, depending on faculty needs.


Qualification requirements for a postdoctoral researcher

  • To be eligible for the postdoctoral position, the candidate must possess a doctoral degree in a related technology field, The PhD degree must have been received no more than 10 years ago. (i.e. before 2012). The degree must have been completed with by 31.12.2021 (or latest before the job contract starts). 
  • We seek out candidates with various backgrounds. Interest in working across and beyond disciplinary boundaries is highly appreciated and encouraged.
  • We expect previous experience in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision and/of Signal Processing. Expertise on  video/radio based activity recognition, 5G/6G radars & transceivers, OR multimodal analysis of biosignals is a big plus.
  • The candidate should have a vision, ambition, and passion for research, and a track record of scientific accomplishments. This should be reflected by relevant publications in international top journals such as IEEE Transactions, flagship IEEE conferences or similar top forums.
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English, as well as good communication and teamwork skills are required. Finnish skills are a plus.
  • We expect the ability to help guiding younger researchers, and good networking skills. The ability to teach and the potential in acquiring supplementary funding will be taken as merits.


What we offer

  • We offer a great opportunity to become a part of a strategically and globally significant research area and world-class research community with excellent working facilities.
  • University´s wide variety of support services are at your disposal, allowing you to focus on your studies and research.
  • In addition to modern research facilities, we offer you personnel benefits such as free occupational healthcare, support for sport services and endless opportunities to develop your skills and competences.
  • Regular salary is paid 12 months per year, including paid leave and an additional holiday bonus in the summer.
  • The employed person will be insured by the university and provided occupational healthcare. The Finnish government provides benefits to residents and their families, for example possibility to the national healthcare system and high-quality affordable childcare and school services.

Salary

The salary of the selected doctoral student will be in accordance with the Finnish universities salary system for research and teaching personnel levels 2-4. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50% of the job-specific component). Starting gross salary will be approx. 2400-2500€ per month (before taxes).

The salary of the selected postdoctoral researcher will be in accordance with the Finnish universities salary system for research and teaching personnel level 5-6. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50% of the job-specific component). Starting gross salary will be approx. 3500-4000€ per month (before taxes).

How to apply

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using the electronic application form by October 31st , 2021 at 23:59 (Finnish local time). The application should be written in English and include the following:

1)     A motivation letter (max. 2 pages) summarizing applicant’s professional experience and expertise and describing why applicant is interested in about this position. Also, information on personal research interests, experience and career plans are valuable to provide here

2)     Curriculum vitae (max. 4 pages) in accordance with the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae

3)     List of publications based on the guidelines of the Academy of Finland: https://www.aka.fi/en/research-funding/apply-for-funding/how-to-apply-for-funding/az-index-of-application-guidelines2/list-of-publications/ [with ten most important indicated]

4)     Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned copy of the original doctoral degree certificate (Postdoctoral Researcher position) or of the original Master's degree certificate (Doctoral Student position) and transcript of records and, when necessary, official translations to Finnish or English 

5)     Contact information of two relevant persons (e.g. experienced  researchers) who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate

Only applications containing all relevant appendices and submitted through the online recruitment system will be considered. Top candidates will be invited to an on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified when the selection process is completed.


Further information

The positions are fixed-term positions for a maximum of 4 years, starting 1st of January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter and ending 31.12.2025. A trial period of 6 months is applied in the positions.

For further information about the position, please contact:

Assistant Professor Miguel Bordallo, e-mail: miguel.bordallo(at)oulu.fi

Professor Olli Silvén, e- mail: olli.silven(at)oulu.fi


Concerning the general requirements and application procedures:

Coordinator Mirjami Jutila, e-mail: mirjami.jutila(at)oulu.fi

About Oulu, Finland

Finland is one of the most livable countries in the world, with a high quality of life, safety, excellent education system, and competitive economy. The Oulu region is home to over 200 000 people making it the largest urban centre in the Nordics and one of the fastest growing regions in northern Finland. Oulu is a combination of beautiful, northern nature, vivid cultural life and modern technology. Oulu is also known for its highly-educated people and friendly, easy-going atmosphere. Living in Oulu is easy – everything is only max. 20 minutes away! Find out more about Oulu: https://www.oulu.fi/university/living-in-oulu


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