The University of Amsterdam (UvA) and TomTom are opening a new research lab called ‘ ATLAS Lab’ consisting of one Tenure Track Assistant professor and five PhD students. The focus of the new lab will be on developing advanced, highly accurate and safe maps for automated vehicles (HD maps), using Artificial Intelligence. These HD maps include detailed geometric and semantic representations of elements in a road network, such as lane dividers, traffic signs, traffic lights, junctions, etc. The ATLAS Lab is a research collaboration between UvA and TomTom, Amsterdam, and is part of ICAI, the national Innovation Centre for AI, based in the Amsterdam Science Park.

For our new lab, we are seeking a PhD candidate in the field of computer vision and deep learning. Topics include representation and transfer learning for object detection and segmentation within a diverse set of learning paradigms (e.g. weakly/semi/self supervised), and quantifying uncertainty. Sensor data is assumed to be multi-modal and includes camera, LiDAR, and positional sensors.

We will be working on fundamental aspects, deep learning models, and algorithms.

What are you going to do?

You are going to carry out AI research and development in one of the two projects mentioned above, as part of the Atlas lab (in total 5 PhD students of which three of them are already hired) at the University of Amsterdam. There will also be regular visits to and interactions with researchers at TomTom (Amsterdam). At the University of Amsterdam, you will be supervised by prof. Gevers, as well as an assistant professor we are currently hiring.

Your tasks will be to:

  • develop new machine learning methods within the context of one of the five research projects;
  • collaborate with other researchers within the lab and TomTom;
  • complete and defend a PhD thesis within the official appointment duration of four years;
  • regularly present intermediate research results at international conferences and workshops, and publish them in proceedings and journals;
  • assist in relevant teaching activities.

What do we require?

  • A Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, or related field;
  • a strong background in computer vision and machine learning;
  • excellent programming skills preferably in Python;
  • solid mathematics foundations, especially statistics, calculus and linear algebra;
  • strong communication, presentation and writing skills and excellent command of English.

We also expect you to be highly motivated and creative.

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week, preferably starting as soon as possible for the duration of 48 months. Initial employment is 18 months and after a positive evaluation, the contractwill be extended further with 30 months and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). You will get a customized Training and Supervision Plan, that will be evaluated every year.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,395 to €3,061 (scale P) gross per month, based on 38 hours a week. This is exclusive 8 % holiday allowance and 8,3 % end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

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About the Faculty of Science and the Informatics Institute

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The Atlas Lab is embedded in the Intelligent Sensory Information Systems and Computer Vision Groups, two groups within the Informatics Institute working on visual recognition and retrieval. Each project will be done in collaboration with experts from TomTom. The lab will be part of the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence, a Netherlands initiative focused on joint technology development between academia, industry and government in the area of artificial intelligence.

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

The Informatics Institute strives for a better gender balance in its staff. We therefore strongly encourage women to apply for this position.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 15 January 2021. You may apply online by using the button below.

Applications should include:

  • a motivation letter that motivates your choice for this position, and in particular, for which of the research projects;
  • a curriculum vitae, including your list of publications if applicable;
  • a link to your Master’s thesis;
  • a complete record of Bachelor and Master courses (including grades and explanation of grading system);
  • a list of projects you have worked on (with brief descriptions of your contributions, max 2 pages) and
  • the names and contact addresses of at least two academic references (please do not include any recommendation letters).

All these items should be grouped into a single PDF file.

The committee does not guarantee that late or incomplete applications will be considered.Please do not send your application to Theo Gevers. We will consider only applications via the online process.

No agencies please

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