[Elsnet-list] PhD (3 years) position available at the Radboud University Nijmegen

David van Leeuwen d.vanleeuwen at let.ru.nl
Sun Dec 27 23:53:14 CET 2009

PhD (3 years) position available at the Radboud University Nijmegen.

Job description

The FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network "BBfor2" (Bayesian
Biometrics for Forensics) provides an opportunity for young
researchers to study several biometric technologies in a forensic
context.  The Network consists of 9 European research institutes and 3
associated partners.  The Network will provide regular workshops and
Summer Schools, so that the 15 PhD students (Early Stage Researchers -
ESRs) and PostDocs (Experienced Researchers - ERs) and senior
researchers can exchange research experience, insights and ideas.
The main areas of research are Speaker Recognition, Face Recognition,
Fingerprint Recognition, but also combinations of these techniques are
studied.  The challenge of applying biometric techniques in a forensic
context is to be able to deal with the uncontrolled quality of the
evidence, and to provide calibrated likelihood scores.  The
researchers in this Network will have the opportunity during their
assignment to stay for some period at another Network institute and to
get experience in an industrial or forensic laboratory.

The PhD student will investigate automatic speaker recognition in the
forensic environment.  The research will include theoretical aspects
such as developing a general framework for evidence evaluation and
reporting, and experimental aspects by conducting studies with
automatic speaker recognition systems.   The candidate will
collaborate with other PhD students and senior researchers in the
Network, in a highly interdisciplinary environment.  Successful
candidates have a Master Degree in Computer Science, Engineering or
other relevant disciplines with a strong background in pattern
recognition and / or signal processing, and excellent communication
and writing skills in English.


Candidates should comply with the rules set forward by the FP7 Marie
Curie ITNs:  Candidates should
 - be transferring from another country, i.e., not be of Dutch
nationality, and not have resided more than 12 months in the last 3
years in The Netherlands.
 - be  willing to work in at least one other country in the BBfor2 network.
 - have less than 4 years of research experience since their master
degree, and not hold a PhD.


The project will be carried out within the Centre for Language and
Speech Technology (CLST), a research unit within the Faculty of Arts
of the Radboud University Nijmegen.  The CLST hosts a large
international group of senior researchers and PhD students who do
research at the frontier of science and develop innovative

Conditions of employment

The duration of the contract is 3 years. The PostDoc will receive an
initial contract for the duration of one year, with the possibility of
prolongation for another 2 years.  The salary is in accordance with
the rules of the Marie Curie ITNs.  In addition to the salary, travel
allowances and career exploratory allowances are foreseen according to
generous Marie Curie ITN provisions.

Additional information

For further information about the position(s), please contact David
van Leeuwen, d.vanleeuwen at let.ru.nl .


Letters of application, including extensive CVs, (with reference to
the vacancy number 23.02.10 and preferably by e-mail) can be sent to:
vacatures at let.ru.nl .

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