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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Robust Deep Learning

Deadline: 03.06.2020

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.


The Department of Informatics (IFI) is one of nine departments belonging to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. IFI is Norway’s largest university department for general education and research in Computer Science and related topics.

The Department has more than 1800 students on bachelor level, 600 master students, and over 240 PhDs and postdocs. The overall staff of the Department is close to 370 employees, about 280 of these in full time positions. The full time tenured academic staff is 75, mostly Full/Associate Professors..

Job description

Position as Postdoctoral Research Fellowship available at Department for Informatics.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Oslo.

The appointment is a fulltime position and is made for a period of up to four years (25 % of which is devoted to teaching activities).

More about the position

The main target for the postdoctoral project will be to develop methods for robust and reliable deep learning. During the last decade, deep learning has reached state-of-the-art accuracy in a plethora of machine learning tasks. Yet, deep learning is still considered a black box, and it is widely acknowledged that most deep learning-based algorithms are fragile to tiny perturbations of their input, out-of-distribution data and domain shift. Thus, creating robust and reliable methods remains a challenging problem. The target for the postdoctoral project will be to address these challenges and develop robust, reliable and potentially also explainable deep learning methods. The main application area will be in image analysis.

The position is in the Digital Signal Processing and Image Analysis Group, Section for Machine Learning, Department of Informatics. The position will be associated with a new center in Data Science and Computational Science at the Faculty for Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The candidate will work cross-disciplinary in cooperation with Department of Mathematics.

Postdoctoral fellows who are appointed for a period of four years are expected to acquire basic pedagogical competency in the course of their fellowship period within the duty component of 25 %.

The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in computer vision, mathematics, statistics, or physics with a strong component in machine learning Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English. Fluent oral and written commutation skills in a Scandinavian language will be an advantage particularly for teaching bachelor courses.

Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for post-doctoral fellowship positions:

http://www.uio.no/english/about/regulations/personnel/academic/regulations-employment-conditions-postdoc.html

The following qualifications will count in the assessment of the applicants:

Personal skills:

  • PhD in computer vision, mathematics, statistics, or physics with a strong component in machine learning
  • Good analytical skills
  • Solid programming experience in Python and preferably also deep learning frameworks like PyTorch/Tensorflow
  • A solid background in mathematics or statistics
  • Experience with image analysis
  • Ability to lead and conduct research in a collaborative environment
  • Ability to work independently as well as in multidisciplinary teams
  • Ability to give and receive constructive scientific criticism

We offer

  • Salary NOK 523 200 – 605 500 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (position code 1352)
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “Apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, the project description (whenever this is required in the call for applicants), and the quality of the project as well as the candidate’s motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact information

For further information please contact:

For questions regarding the racruitment system please contact: Torunn S Guttormsen, phone: +47 228 54272 , e-mail: [email protected].

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