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Postdoc for image-based species detection and classification using deep learning at Aarhus Universitet

Ansøgningsfrist31. maj 23:59 CEST
Forventet start15. jul

  • Institut for Ecoscience - BiodiversitetC.F. Møllers Alle 88000 Aarhus C

  • Tidsbegrænset fuldtidsstilling15. jul 2022 - 14. jul 2024ID: 9005

The Department of Ecoscience, Aarhus University, invites applications for a postdoc position to support development of methods and tools for image-based species detection and classification using AI and deep learning.

Expected start date and duration of employment

This is a two-year postdoc position planned to start on July 1, 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Job description

We are seeking applicants to support our continued development of image-based methods for biodiversity monitoring. This position is funded from multiple sources with the common aim of improving detection and classification performance of convolutional neural network models applied to ecological questions. Specifically, the aim is to better understand how training data quality and quantity affects the precision and recall of these deep learning models. Ultimately, this should pave the way for scalable image-based observation techniques for addressing fundamental questions in biodiversity and conservation.
Together with an interdisciplinary and international team, the candidate will work towards the demonstration of new image-recognition tools and support the process of transitioning such tools to the level of large-scale application. An important task is therefore to be able to communicate and collaborate with a wide range of collaborators and stakeholders.

Your profile

We are looking for a candidate with excellent skills in computer vision and the extraction of ecological information from image data. In particular, strong proficiency in programming in Python and R is a prerequisite. A strong motivation and ability to work in interdisciplinary teams of biologists and engineers is important as is a track-record of turning technical solutions into publications in leading scientific journals of the field.
The applicant is expected to have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant area for one of the positions described. Ability to work and communicate well as part of a team is essential. Good English skills are necessary to communicate with the largely international research team as well as with a wider group of stakeholders.

Who we are

The Department of Ecoscience is engaged in research programmes, teaching curricula and advisory work covering the major biological sub-disciplines. We conduct world-class research in the areas of aquatic biology and ecology, arctic environment and ecosystems, biodiversity and conservation biology. The Department currently employs approximately 275 academic and technical staff, as well as many PhD students.
The successful applicant will join the core Danish team, which leads the software design and development of the simulation software and its application in risk assessment and policy-related landscape management, and be responsible for scientific administration related to the centre and its research projects.

What we offer

The Department offers a vibrant and informal research environment with longstanding traditions for collaboration with elite international university partners and with the Danish Ministry of the Environment.
The working environment at the Department is based on teamwork and close working relations. English is widely spoken and we welcome applicants from abroad. The Department has a strong work-life balance policy and seeks a good gender and age balance. Read more about the services available when relocating to Aarhus University at www.au.dk/work.

Place of work and area of employment

The place of work is C.F. Møllers Allé, DK-8000, Aarhus C, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Contact information

For further information, please contact: Professor Toke Høye, +45 3018 3122, tth@ecos.au.dk


Applications must be received no later than May 30, 2022

Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range

Technical Sciences refers to the .
The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found
Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the .
Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.
Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.
Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.
Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more . Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark .
Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it .
The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.

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