Open position: Postdoctoral research associate in machine learning - deep representation learning

03 April 2017

A postdoctoral research associate position is available within a EU-funded project. The postdoctoral research associate will work on machine learning models that allow an artificial agent to develop structured, hierarchical representations of its 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, and will be tested in simulations of physical environments (e.g., a robotic simulator) as well as in purely computational environments (e.g. a computer that is controlled by the artificial agent).

The position is offered for an initial period of 2.5 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 are being hired in 2017.

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, applied mathematics, computational neuroscience, robotics, cognitive science 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 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-A.

The contract will start as soon as the position is filled. 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). The long-term goal of the project is to develop artificial intelligent systems able to purposefully control computers, thereby automatically generating software. After 3-4 years, the project is expected to spin off a startup, and the candidate will have the opportunity to be part of this startup. The position will be part of the Deep Computational Intelligence group.

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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