[visionlist] JOB: Postdoc - Computer vision for analysis of archival glaciological images University of York, UK
william.smith at york.ac.uk
Wed Dec 5 11:41:45 -05 2018
JOB: Postdoc - Computer vision for analysis of archival glaciological images
University of York, UK
We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate with a PhD in Computer
Vision, Computer Graphics, Image Processing, Remote Sensing or a related
You will work full time as a computer vision researcher on an exciting
interdisciplinary project entitled: ‘Archival Polar Photography –
Unearthing the Forgotten Record of Glacier Change’, funded by the
Leverhulme Trust. The project aims to extend the record of historical
glacier change further into the past by utilising the imagery held in the
Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) Picture Library – one of the most
comprehensive collections of polar imagery in the world. You will
collaborate with the SPRI picture library and with Glaciologists and
Computer Scientists in York to extract information on the past extent of
glaciers and ice bodies in Antarctica and Greenland from archival imagery.
By comparing these findings with modern satellite and aerial imagery, the
work will extend our record and understanding of changing ice extent back
into the past by up to several decades, thus significantly lengthening the
current record and aiding our understanding of the changes being
experienced by these ice masses.
You will be based in the Computer Science department at York and will focus
on a) selecting and combining existing computer vision algorithms, b)
developing new computer vision algorithms and c) implementing systems for
i) clustering, geolocating and computing 3D models from the archival
imagery as well as ii) registering archival imagery to modern satellite
data. The image data is very challenging and you will adapt and develop new
methods for working with this data. There will also need to be close
collaboration with the SPRI archivists and York Glaciologists in the
selection of images and the exploitation of meta-data.
The glaciologists working on the project will drive the scientific
direction of the project and pose the glaciological questions of interest.
So, you will assist the glaciologists and act as the link between the
science and the computer vision technology to enable appropriate
quantitative measurements to be made to explain the changes that have taken
place between historic and present day imagery. You will take the lead on
relevant publications and conference presentations of the computer vision
research, as well as assisting in the preparation of glaciological
You will be expected to have a track record of publications in the top
venues in your field. For example, if your background is in computer
vision, we would expect to see publications in IEEE T-PAMI, IJCV, CVPR,
ICCV or similar.
* A PhD in Computer Vision, Computer Graphics, Image Processing, Remote
Sensing or a related area
* Knowledge of 3D computer vision/photogrammetry and multiview geometry
* Highly developed programming skills in languages such as Matlab, Python
* Ability/experience in: working both individually and collaboratively and
writing up, presenting and publishing work in top venues
* Interest in and enthusiasm for the subject matter of the project and a
This post is available on a fixed term basis for 30 months. Salary starts
at £32,236 a year on Grade 6 of the University of York salary scale.
Closing date: 4 January 2019
Contact: william.smith at york.ac.uk for an informal discussion.
For more details and how to apply see:
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