[Elsnet-list] Several PhD positions available in Marie Curie ITN "BBfor2"

David van Leeuwen david.vanleeuwen at gmail.com
Fri Jun 25 18:56:58 CEST 2010


Apologies for cross-posting.

In the FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network "BBfor2" there are
several PhD positions available.  See http://www.bbfor2.net/ .

General

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.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should not be a national of the country of the host institution.

Applicants should not have resided or performed their main research
activity in the country of the host institution for more than 12
months in the 3 year period immediately prior to the start date.

Applicants should be willing to work temporarily in at least one other
country in the BBfor2 network.

For PhD applicants:
Applicants should be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of
their research careers, including the period of research training,
starting at the date of obtaining the degree which would formally
entitle them to embark on a doctorate.


For postdoc applicants:
Applicants should hold a PhD, and have less than 5 years of research
experience since their master degree.
How to Apply

Applicants should submit a CV (format can be found on this website)
and a personal statement explaining their motivation and project
interests and the contact details of 2 academic referees via email to
the host institution. Please, indicate clearly to which position you
are applying.

More Information

Specific enquiries about the BBfor2 program can be addressed to the
BBfor2 programme coordinator, Dr Henk van den Heuvel via
clst at let,ru,nl or to the local project leaders (contact information
can be found on this website).

The Marie Curie ITN Programme strongly supports the application of
female researchers to the positions in the BBfor2 project.

ESR positions

ESR 1 (Partner RU)

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.

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
applications.

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. The gross salary is EUR 25,000 in the
first year and will grow to EUR 30,000 in the last year. In addition
to the salary, travel allowances and career exploratory allowances are
foreseen according to generous Marie Curie ITN provisions.

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

ESR 2 (Partner Polito)

The PhD student will investigate automatic speaker recognition in the
forensic environment. The research, to be done in collaboration with
the other Network partners, will include all the aspects that can
improve the performance of an automatic speaker recognition system,
and make it suitable for the forensic field, such as score
normalization, phonetic and prosodic models, and accent recognition.
The candidate will collaborate with other PhD students and senior
researchers in the Network, in a highly interdisciplinary environment.

The candidates must have a Master Degree in Computer Science,
Engineering or other relevant disciplines with a strong background in
pattern recognition and/or signal processing, good practice of C and
script programming, and excellent communication and writing skills in
English.

The project will be carried out within the Dipartimento di Automatica
e Informatica of Politecnico di Torino, where a Speech Recognition
Group is active since more than 30 years, working on several topics in
speech and language technology in connection with Loquendo, a leading
innovator in speech, speaker and language recognition. A list of our
publications (Item: Elenco Pubblicazioni) gives an indication of
current and past research topics that are of interest for this
project.

The duration of the contract is 3 years. The Early Stage Researcher
will be enrolled in the PhD program in Information and System
Engineering and will receive an initial contract for the duration of
one year, with the possibility of prolongation for another 2 years.
The gross salary is EUR 25,000 in the first year and will grow to EUR
30,000 and 35,000 in the second and third year respectively. In
addition to the salary, travel allowances and career exploratory
allowances are foreseen according to generous Marie Curie ITN
provisions. Politecnico di Torino is an equal opportunity
organisation, thus women are encouraged to apply.

For further information about the available position, please contact
Professor Pietro Laface, Pietro.Laface at polito,it.

ESR 3 (Partner KULeuven) Position fulfilled

ESR 4 (Partner YORK)

The ESR will investigate multimodal speech and speaker recognition
from a forensic perspective through assessments of the performance of
human subjects and automated speech and speaker recognition systems
where the quality and quantity of the information available in the
audiovisual signal is manipulated experimentally. In particular, he or
she will simulate forensically-relevant scenarios in which the
talker's face may be partially or completely obscured by clothing such
as the face-concealing garments or safety equipment worn for
legitimate occupational, recreational or religious reasons, or for the
commission of robberies, assaults or terrorist activities.

The research will include theoretical aspects such as developing a
general framework for evidence evaluation and reporting, and
experimental aspects by conducting studies with both human subjects
and automatic speech and speaker recognition systems. The candidate
will collaborate with other PhD students and senior researchers in the
Network, in a highly interdisciplinary environment.

You will have a Masters degree in Linguistics, Phonetics and/or
Acoustics, or Psychology; a good working knowledge of statistical
methods, and a high level of competence in written and spoken English.

For further information about the post, please contact Dr Dominic Watt
by e-mail on dw539 at york,ac,uk or by telephone (+44 (0)1904 432671).

See also http://www22.i-grasp.com/fe/tpl_YorkUni01.asp?newms=jj&id=32558

ESR 5 (Partner UTW) Position fulfilled

ESR 6 (Partner IDIAP) Position fulfilled

ESR 8 (Partner UTW)

The PhD student will conduct research at the University of Twente in
the area of face recognition in the forensic domain. It is known that
the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) of a biometric recognition
system degrades under unfavorable conditions, e.g. due to noise or
variations of illumination or pose. This research will focus on
quantifying the quality aspects of the images and on finding the
relation between the degradation of the ROC and the quality scores.

The University of Twente (UT; http://www.utwente.nl) is an
entrepreneurial research university, located in Enschede, the
Netherlands. Most of the faculty's research, including the present
project, is part of the multidisciplinary research institute Centre
for Telematics and Information Technology
(http://www.ctit.utwente.nl).

We are looking for highly motivated researchers with an MSc degree in
Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics or a related
topic, with adequate experimental and theoretical skills. You have
knowledge of image processing, pattern recognition, and probability
theory. Knowledge in more specific areas such as biometrics is an
advantage but not necessary. Fluency in English is a requirement. An
interview will be part of the selection procedure. This position is
only open to non-Dutch nationals who have not resided or carried out
their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in The Netherlands for more
than 12 months in the past 3 years.

We offer a contract for four years. The extent of this position is a
maximum of 38 hours per week (1 fte) according to the Dutch university
rules. The monthly salary of a PhD student, in accordance with the
collective labor agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU), ranges
from EURO 2042 gross in the first year to EURO 2612 gross in the
fourth year. Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent
facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday
allowance and an end-of-year bonus, and a number of additional
benefits. Your main responsibility will be to carry out research, but
you will be given the opportunity to acquire some teaching experience
as well.

Candidates are invited to send their application together with
curriculum vitae, marks transcripts, and the names and addresses of
three referees before November 15, 2009 by e-mail to Raymond Veldhuis,
(r.n.j.veldhuis at utwente.nl), who can also be contacted for more
information.

ESR 9 (Partner UAM)

This job offer for an ESR is oriented to obtain a PhD degree at
Universidad Autonoma de Madrid focused on latent finger and palm print
identification. The ESR will conduct a comprehensive survey of recent
advances in automatic finger and palm print recognition, will study
their application to realistic latent data found in forensic case
work, will develop new image processing and pattern recognition
methods specific to latent data, and will evaluate the performance of
such methods in a transparent way. See also
http://atvs.ii.uam.es/files/BBfor2_JobOffer_ESR9.pdf

The PhD student will be working at the ATVS – Biometric Recognition
Group, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (ATVS-UAM,
http://atvs.ii.uam.es), and he will be also collaborating with
institutions such as the Spanish Guardia Civil (one of the two
nationwide police forces in Spain), the UAM Institute for Forensic
Sciences and Security and the rest of the BBfor2 partners. In
particular, the PhD fellow will benefit from a close contact with
University of Twente (Netherlands), which will act as secondary
advisor for the PhD project (main contact: Prof. Raymond Veldhuis,
R.N.J.Veldhuis at ewi.utwente.nl).

The starting date of the PhD project is to be determined, but will be
inside the period from October 2010 to December 2010.

The duration of the contract is 3 years. The ESR will receive an
initial contract for the duration of one year, with the possibility of
prolongation for another 2 years. The salary is according to EU
standards for Early Stage Researchers, which for Spain after social
security charges and taxes results in a net salary up to 2300€ per
month (depending on family charges). Further, travel allowances and
career exploratory allowances are foreseen according to generous Marie
Curie ITN provisions.

Letters of application, including extensive CV, are to be sent by
e-mail to Dr. Julian Fierrez, julian.fierrez (at) uam,es, indicating
the vacancy number (Subject: BBfor2 ESR 9).

ESR 10 (Partner NFI)

The PhD student will be involved in the advanced development and
validation of a software tool for the generation of Likelihood Ratios
for latent fingerprints. Using the newly developed prototype for the
individualisation of latent fingerprints experiments will be carried
out to investigate the scientific fundaments of fingerprint
individualisation, whilst simultaneously working towards the
validation of the prototype. The candidate will work together with the
researchers at the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) and latent
fingerprint experts at the Dutch Royal Police Force.

The NFI provides services to clients within the criminal justice
chain, such as the Public Prosecution Service and the police. Core
values are substantive objectivity and scientific integrity. . The
guarantee of credibility and the reliability of the NFI relies on
conducting objective examinations. The field of forensic examination
is subject to rapid and tempestuous development. The NFI invests in
expertise and innovation in response to social and technological
developments. The NFI plays an will continue to play a leading role in
this process, nationally and internationally. Besides having to render
account in court, the NFI is increasingly called to account publicly
in the media. This raises the standards for the NFI's communication,
and the organisation examines itself critically.

Duration of the contract: 3 years. The ESR will receive an initial
contract for the duration of one year, with the possibility of
prolongation for another 2 years. The gross salary is 2042 in the
first year and will grow to a maximum gross salary is 2612 per month
in the third and final year. Further, travel allowances and career
exploratory allowances are foreseen according to generous Marie Curie
ITN provisions.

For further information about the position(s), please contact Dr.
Marcel de Puit, m.de.puit at nfi,minjus,nl, +31 70 888 6346

ESR 11 (Partner UAM)

This job offer for an ESR is oriented to obtain a PhD degree at
Universidad Autonoma de Madrid focused on the combination of different
types of evidence for forensic evaluation purposes using biometric
systems. A thorough analysis of the relationship between different
sources of evidence in simulated casework with realistic systems and
databases will be conducted. Then, algorithms for combining evidence
for their evaluation in a Bayesian context will be developed and
validated. Different approaches to the extraction of information from
biometric samples will be used as sources of evidence (e.g., automatic
speaker recognition, human-assisted phonetic-acoustic speaker
recognition, automatic latent fingerprint matching, human-assisted
latent fingerprint matching, etc.). For additional details, see also
http://atvs.ii.uam.es/files/BBfor2_JobOffer_ESR11.pdf.

The PhD student will be working at the ATVS – Biometric Recognition
Group, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (ATVS-UAM,
http://atvs.ii.uam.es), and they will be also collaborating with
institutions such as the Spanish Guardia Civil (one of the two
nationwide police forces in Spain), the UAM Institute for Forensic
Sciences and Security and the FORSTAT research group on forensic
statistics (a sub-group of the European Academy of Forensic Sciences).
In particular, the PhD fellow will benefit from a close contact with
University of York (United Kingdom), which will act as secondary
advisor for the PhD project (main contact: Phil Harrison, pth (at)
jpfrench.com).

The starting date of the PhD project is still to be determined, but
will be during the period from October 2010 to December 2010.

The duration of the contract is 3 years. The ESR will receive an
initial contract for the duration of one year, with the possibility of
prolongation for another 2 years. The salary is according to EU
standards for Early Stage Researchers, which for Spain after social
security charges and taxes results in a net salary up to 2300€ per
month (depending on family charges). Further, travel allowances and
career exploratory allowances are foreseen according to generous Marie
Curie ITN provisions.

Letters of application, including a detailed CV, are to be sent by
e-mail to Dr. Daniel Ramos, daniel.ramos (at) uam,es, indicating the
vacancy number (Subject: BBFor2 ESR 11).

ESR 12 (Partner YORK) position fullfilled

ESR 13 (Partner HH)  Position description coming soon !



-- 
David van Leeuwen


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