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Two PhD Positions and one Postdoc Position in Machine Learning / Sensory Data Processing

The Machine Learning research group at the University of Oldenburg, Germany, is seeking to fill

Two PhD Research Positions and one (postdoctoral) Research Associate Position

All positions are part of the Machine Learning group which develops learning and inference technology for sensory data. We pursue basic research, develop new technology, and apply our approaches to different tasks. Our research hereby combines modern probabilistic data descriptions, modern computer technology and insights from the neurosciences. We contribute to the improvement of current methods for computer hearing, pattern recognition and computer vision as well as to the understanding of biological and artificial intelligence. Research will be conducted in close collaboration with leading international and national research labs. Our research field can be considered as part of the Data Sciences, Computational Sciences, or Big Data approaches (to name some terms recently used in the media).

Salary levels of the positions are based on the TV-L scale of the German public sector (Öffentlicher Dienst). After the deduction of health insurance, pension tax and other taxes, the salary for the PhD positions amounts to approximately 1600 EUR per month, and to about 2000 EUR per month for the (postdoctoral) Research Associate Position. Depending on the experience of the candidates, the salary can be higher. But please note that the only definite sources for all information on the positions including salary, job description and application/selection procedure are the central websites of the University of Oldenburg.

For the PhD positions see: http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/stellen/?stelle=63323 For the postdoc position see: http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/stellen/?stelle=63322

Depending on the skills and interests of the candidates, the research focus will be on the development of new probabilistic learning algorithms and/or their applications to high-dimensional sensory data. Projects can emphasize basic research for general purpose learning and pattern recognition, or applications of algorithms to specific tasks.

Candidates for the PhD positions have to hold a Master degree in Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics or a closely related subject (at the latest at the time when the contract is signed). Analytical/mathematical skills and programming skills (e.g. python, matlab, C++) are required for all candidates. Experiences with Machine Learning algorithms are desirable. Experiences with acoustic data, other types of sensory data, and an interest in the neurosciences are a plus but are not strictly required.

The candidates for the (postdoctoral) Research Associate position have to hold a Master degree or (preferably) a PhD/Doctoral degree in Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics or a closely related subject (alternatively, a statement can be provided that a PhD/Doctoral degree will be issued when the position is taken or shortly thereafter). Analytical/mathematical skills, programming skills, and experience with Machine Learning algorithms are required. Experiences with acoustic data, other types of sensory data, and an interest in the neurosciences are a plus but are not strictly required. The (postdoctoral) Research Associate position is suitable for part-time work.

All positions can be filled immediately and are available for initially two years with an option for extension.

The appointed researchers will be part of a very new working environment. The research group is currently established through a strategic investment into Machine Learning technology at Oldenburg. The group is located in a new building, and the Cluster of Excellence Hearing4all is part of the German Excellence Initiative which funds top-tier research in Germany. The cluster comprises many interdisciplinary research groups that are currently set up or that are extended. As a consequence, many new PhD, postdoc and faculty positions allow for interesting collaboration opportunities and provide an attractive scientific and social environment. The city of Oldenburg is one of Germany's cities with the highest rated living quality, it is close to the North See and near to the cities of Bremen and Hamburg.

For more information about the Machine Learning research group visit: http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/ml/

For more information about the Cluster of Excellence Hearing4all visit: http://hearing4all.eu/EN/

The University of Oldenburg is dedicated to increasing the percentage of women in science. Therefore, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. According to § 21 III NHG (legislation governing Higher Education in Lower Saxony) preference will be given to female candidates in cases of equal qualification.

Handicapped applicants will be given preference if equally qualified.

Please send your application including the usual documents (including contact details for reference letters) preferably electronically (PDF) to Jörg Lücke <joerg.luecke@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> or per mail to: Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Fakultät VI, Machine Learning, z.Hd. Frau Jennifer Köllner, 26111 Oldenburg, Germany. Please use “Research Position (PhD)” as subject line for applications to the PhD positions, and “Research Associate Position (postdoc)” for applications to the (postdoctoral) Research Associate position.

The application deadline is 15 June 2014. Applications received after this date are not guaranteed to enter the selection process.

Jörg Lücke (PhD)
Associate Professor
Machine Learning Lab and Cluster of Excellence Hearing4all
Department of Medical Physics and Acoustics
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
University of Oldenburg
26111 Oldenburg