Postdoctoral research associate in machine learning - conceptualization of space and objects in simulated robots

04 April 2017


A postdoctoral research associate position is available within a EU-funded project. The postdoctoral research associate will work on studying, in simulated robot-like agents, the emergence of concepts and cognitive structures related to space and objects. This will be based on machine learning models that allow artificial agents to develop structured, hierarchical representations of their environment, by interacting with this environment. These models may integrate and develop upon curiosity-based learning, probabilistic theories of deep learning, representation learning, and deep reinforcement learning.

The position is offered for an initial period of 2 years, at the Romanian Institute of Science and Technology (RIST) in Cluj, Romania. The position will be part of the Deep Computational Intelligence group, one of two newly-formed groups in machine learning where about 20 new postdoctoral research associates and research software developers will be hired in the next year.

We are looking for self-motivated, independent, creative scientists, with strong analytical and computational modeling skills. Candidates should have a PhD, preferably in machine learning, physics, computer science, robotics, engineering, applied mathematics or related fields. Candidates must have a strong publication record.  We welcome candidates with backgrounds in other fields than machine learning, who are interested to switch to a machine learning career.

To apply, send to dci@rist.ro your CV (indicating your 3 most representative publications) and the names and contact details of at least two references. Please mention the position code AutoWare-PD-B.

The contract will start as soon as possible, according to the availability of the selected candidate. Net salary is 1,900-2,000 euros per month, while the cost of living in Cluj is significantly lower than in Western Europe or the USA (e.g., it is 1/3 of the cost of living in London, UK). The working language is English.

The project, called “Automated software development through abstraction in deep, distributed computational models” (AutoWare), is funded by European structural funds through the Competitiveness Operational Programme (POC 2014-2020), and is led by Dr. Bipin Indurkhya (project director) and Dr. Răzvan Valentin Florian (associate project director).

Cluj hosts Romania’s largest university and boasts a rapidly developing IT industry. Cluj is the main city of Transylvania, which has been named by Lonely Planet as the top region to visit in 2016.

Cluj is Europe's friendliest city for foreigners, according to a study by the UK Office of National Statistics. Romania is no. 16 in the Internations best expat destinations of 2016, before Germany, USA, Switzerland, UK, and France. About 1100 French citizens, 800 Italian citizens and 500 German citizens live in Cluj (source). People living in Cluj are more satisfied with their city than those living in London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Madrid, Barcelona or Rome, according to a survey of the European Commission. Cluj has an international airport with flights to more than 30 European destinations.

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