[visionlist] Fully funded PhD position in Vision-Based Detection of Human Interactions - Utrecht University

Poppe, R.W. (Ronald) R.W.Poppe at uu.nl
Mon May 29 10:59:06 -05 2017

Fully funded PhD position in Vision-Based Detection of Human Interactions
Utrecht University – Faculty of Science

Job description
A fully funded PhD position (0.8-1.0 FTE, 5-4 years) is available at Utrecht University, focusing on the detection and recognition of social human interactions in video archives. The position is part of the ARBITER project, funded by the Dutch science organization (NWO).

We will address (1) how interactions between people can best be represented quantitatively, and (2) how to automatically recognize interactions from video data. We will derive a coding system of quantitative units of body pose, movement and the coordination between people. We use these representations to recognize interactions in video. Our focus is on the detection and recognition of social interactions in sustained encounters.

The position is available from September 1, 2017. Earlier or later starting dates can be discussed.

We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD candidate with a MSc degree in Computational Sciences or a similar discipline and demonstrated theoretical knowledge and experience in computer vision. Strong written and oral communication skills in English and interest in the understanding of social behavior are required. Candidates of all nationalities may apply. Women are especially encouraged to apply as the university is striving for a more even gender balance in its employees.

The candidate is offered a full-time (38 hours per week) PhD position for four years. Salary starts at €2,222 and increases to €2,840 gross per month in the fourth year of the appointment. The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year. In addition we offer a pension scheme, a partially paid parental leave, flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities. The research group will provide the candidate with necessary support on all aspects of the project. More information is available at: working at Utrecht University.

About the organization
A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability. The city of Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, with a charming old center and an internationally oriented culture that is strongly influenced by its century-old university. Utrecht city has been consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the Netherlands.

The Faculty of Science consists of six departments: Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Information and Computing Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Mathematics. The Faculty is home to 5600 students and nearly 1500 staff and is internationally renowned for the quality of its research. The Faculty's academic programmes reflect developments in today's society.

The Department of Information and Computing Sciences is nationally and internationally renowned for its research in computer science and information science. The research of the department is grouped into four divisions: Software Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Worlds and Interaction Technology. The Department offers bachelor programs in computer science and information science, and four English-language research master-programs in Artificial Intelligence, Business Informatics, Computing Science, and Game and Media Technology. High enrolment figures and good student ratings make the education very successful.

This project is a project within the division Interaction Technology, which studies the interaction between people and (virtual) worlds, multimedia, and information.

To apply, please attach a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, a copy of the MSc thesis (if available) and the names and contact details of two references. The application must be in English. To apply, please visit https://www.uu.nl/en/organisation/working-at-utrecht-university/jobs. The application deadline is June 21, 2017.

Additional information
For additional information about the vacancy, please contact Ronald Poppe (r.w.poppe at uu.nl<mailto:r.w.poppe at uu.nl>). Promising candidates will be granted an interview in person, or by video conference. As part of the selection procedure, the candidate is expected to give an oral presentation about her/his MSc research.
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