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Postdoc opportunity at Technical University of Delft

The Position:
We are offering a 2 year full time postdoctoral position, funded on
the EU STREP project SPENCER (Social situation-aware perception and
action for cognitive robots). The SPENCER project aims to address the
research challenges of building a socially aware robot to navigate in
a highly dynamic airport environment.

The postdoc will be required to carry out novel research work on
devising methods to automatically analyse social group behavior to
facilitate better human-robot interaction. The successful candidate
will have the opportunity to work with a trans-European research team
(University of Twente, University of Aachen, University of Freiburg,
etc). The successful applicant will also gain valuable experience in
carrying out research, while also having contact with industrial
partners (BlueBotics, KLM) to transform the research findings into a
working demonstrator. There will also be opportunities to participate
in various national and international conferences and workshops etc.

Applicant Profile:
All applicants should have or expect to obtain a PhD before commencing
the position. Interested applicants should have a strong background in
some or all of the following subjects, or a related discipline:
social signal processing, machine learning, computer vision, signal
processing, affective computing, social computing, pattern
recognition.

The successful applicant will have:
- a proven track record in carrying out excellent research;
- a strong publication record in international conferences and journals;
- excellent programming skills;
- excellent analytical skills;
- the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team;
- motivation to meet deadlines;
- an affinity with the relevant social science research;
- excellent oral and written communication skills;
- an interest in communicating their research results to a wider audience;
- proficiency in English;

Institution:
The successful candidate will be embedded within Intelligent Systems
Department at the Technical University of Delft. The Department of
Intelligent System works on the development of artificially
intelligent systems that can sense, perceive, learn, reason, elicit
and adapt observations about the world. The department has over 30
staff and more than 80 postdocs and PhD students and obtained a near
perfect score for its research in the last national evaluations.
The Pattern Recognition and BioInformatics Group is one of five groups
in the department, consisting of 7 faculty and over 20 postdoc and phd
students. Within this group, research is carried out in three core
subjects; pattern recognition, computer vision, and bioinformatics.
One of the main focusses of the group is on developing tools and
theories, and gaining knowledge and understanding applicable to a
broad range of general problems but typically involving sensory data,
e.g. times signals, images, video streams, or other physical
measurement data. This group is very well connected with the social
signal processing community within the Netherlands and also
internationally, being one of the partners of the network of
excellence on social signal processing (sspnet.org). The group also
has a strong track record in computer vision and machine learning.

Conditions of Employment:
The postdoc position is funded by the University of Twente and will be
hosted in the Intelligent Systems Department at the Technical
University of Delft. The contract is for 2 years, subject to a
probationary period, starting February 2013 at the earliest.

The monthly salary ranges from Euro from =802861 (scale 10.4) according
to the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities -
depending on qualifications and experience. Additionally, the
University provides excellent facilities for professional and personal
development, a holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus.

Further Information:
For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Hayley
Hung (hayleyhung@gmail.com)

Application Procedure:
Interested applicants should send an up to date curriculum vitae (with
a complete list of publications), letter of application, and the names
and the contact information (telephone number and email address) of
three references to Dr Hayley Hung (hayleyhung@gmail.com) with the
subject heading ‘[SPENCER Postdoc Position]‘.

The letter of application should summarise (i) why the project is of
interest to the applicant, (ii) evidence of suitability for the job,
(iii) the applicant’s research contributions in the previous 3-5
years, and (iv) what the applicant hopes to gain from the position.

The application procedure is ongoing until the position is filled so
interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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