Three research associate positions in machine learning / deep learning: generative models; curiosity-driven learning, deep reinforcement learning, hierarchical reinforcement learning; program synthesis; automated generation of web pages

December 3rd, 2018

Three research associate positions in machine learning / deep learning are available within a EU-funded project. The positions are offered for about 2 years (until December 2020), at the Romanian Institute of Science and Technology (RIST) in Cluj, Romania. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis and the starting date may be as soon as the selected candidates are available.

The positions correspond to one or more of the following topics:

1. Studying generative models, autoencoders or compressors for data with long-range or hierarchical structure, in particular: a) web pages (HTML / CSS code), and b) sensorimotor data – vectors of perceptions and actions recorded over extended timeframes.

2. Studying curiosity-driven learning, deep reinforcement learning, hierarchical reinforcement learning and meta-learning for: a) tasks typically used as benchmarks in the field, such simulators or games; or b) artificial intelligent agents that interact directly with a computer, for example generating HTML / CSS code, or  more general software.

3. Studying new approaches to program synthesis that may integrate machine learning / deep learning, reinforcement learning, evolutionary methods, and classical approaches.

4. Applied research on machine learning systems that are trained on large repositories of web pages and  learn to generate HTML / CSS or similar code. This should lead to systems that automatically upgrade websites or to systems that learn to generate web pages with a state-of-the-art design conditioned on mockups drawn by clients.

We are looking for self-motivated, independent, creative scientists, with strong analytical and computational modeling skills. A PhD is preferred but we also accept candidates with a Master degree and research experience proven by scientific publications or relevant completed projects. Candidates could have a background in machine learning, physics, computer science, robotics, engineering, computational neuroscience or related fields. We welcome candidates with no prior experience in machine learning but with a strong publication record. Programming skills are required.

To apply, send to dci@rist.ro your CV, including a list of publications (indicating your 3 most representative publications, if you have more than this) and the names and contact details of at least two references. Please mention the topics you are interested in.

The positions are part of the Deep Computational Intelligence group, led by Răzvan Valentin Florian.

The gross salary is about 2,700-3,600 euros per month (net salary: 1,800-2,300 euros) for PhDs and 2,000-2,700 euros per month (net salary: 1,300-1,800 euros) for persons with no PhD, depending on experience. 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.

Cluj hosts Romania’s largest university and boasts a rapidly developing IT industry. Cluj is the main city of Transylvania (video).

Cluj is Europe’s friendliest city for foreigners, according to a study by the UK Office of National Statistics. Romania ranks higher than Switzerland, Sweden and USA in the Internations top expat destinations of 2018. About 1100 French citizens, 800 Italian citizens and 500 German citizens live in Cluj. 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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