2-year Postdoc in Brain-inspired Inhibition in Deep Learning for image analysis


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

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The selected candidate will be embedded in the group Information Systems, of the Computer Science department, Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science, and Artificial Intelligence, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Groningen.

Job description

One of the main challenges in learning algorithms for vision applications is the determination of computational models that can generalize beyond the training distribution and that are robust to adversarial attacks. This will be the focus of the two-year postdoc position.

The selected candidate will be enrolled with the Information Systems group, University of Groningen, and will collaborate with ongoing PhD students on the above-mentioned topic. The ideal candidate must have a solid foundation in developing deep learning architectures for vision applications and a proven record of publishing high-quality papers.

In this position the candidate will:

- investigate the embedding of brain-inspired inhibition components in various deep learning architectures for deep hashing (retrieval), classification and segmentation problems
- develop and evaluate methodologies of inhibition-augmented deep architectures
- collaborate with the 4 ongoing PhD projects working on first-person vision, medical, forensic and radio astronomy image analysis.

The objective of this temporary position is the production of a number of research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and conference proceedings.


The successful candidate should:

- have a keen interest in pursuing fundamental research in deep learning with a focus on brain-inspired methodologies
- have a PhD degree in computer science, artificial intelligence or another relevant field
- have proven experience in building deep learning architectures with Python for computer vision problems
- have proven track record in publishing high quality peer reviewed papers
- have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
- possess good analytical skills and a positive attitude towards collaborating with PhD students.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 12 months.

We offer you, following the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

- a salary of € 2,960 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 4,670 gross per month (salary scale 10) in the fourth and final year for a full-time working week
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% year-end bonus
- a full-time position (1.0 FTE). The successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another one year. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the objectives within the next year is to be expected.

Job Application

Applications should include:

- letter of motivation
- CV (including contact information for at least two academic references)
- transcripts from your bachelor’s and master’s degree
- certificate of the PhD degree.

You can submit your application until 2 October 11:59pm / before 3 October 2022 midnight Dutch local time (CEST) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Applications received before 3 October 2022 will be given full consideration; however, the position will remain open until it is filled.

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Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Dr George Azzopardi

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 222547

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