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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Full-scholarship PhD student position in Biologically motivated object recognition, U of Groningen


A full-scholarship PhD student position in Computer Science at a leading
European university. 


PhD student position in Biologically motivated object recognition

Institute of Mathematics and Computing Science
University of Groningen

Topic of research
The objective of the project is to develop an object recognition
technique that is motivated by the function of the visual cortex. Major
aspects are representation and learning. 

Type and level of the position
This is a temporary research position at the level of a PhD student for
a period of maximum four years. The tuition fees will be waived and the
student will receive a full scholarship. In this period the student will
follow relevant courses and prepare and defend a PhD thesis. The
position is embedded in the research group Intelligent Systems. The
tradition of the group is that PhD theses are based on excellent papers
in high imact journals so that our PhD graduates have a very strong
competative position on the academic market. Thesis director and
supervisor will be professor N. Petkov. The University of Groningen is a
leading European research university. 

Our requirements on your qualifications
You are a university graduate (at the level of diploma or master of
science level) in one of the following disciplines: computer science,
artificial intelligence, computational neuroscience, electrical
engineering, biophysics, physics. You have a demonstrated interest in
the neurosciences. You have an excellent academic record (GPA) and
belong to the top 5% of the graduates of your year and preferrably have
a graduation with a distinction such as honors or cum laude. You are
fluent in English language and able to write scientific articles and
reports (to be proven by your graduation thesis or another comparable
report or co-authorship of published scientific articles).
How to apply
Send the following information: 
1) an application letter with a CV, 
2) a specification of GPA and transcript of records, 
3) an indication of your position in the class and year (e.g. 1st in a
class of 20), 
4) evidence of excellence (e.g. graduation with honors) and a list of
relevant awards, 
5) proofs of involvement in research (e.g. co-authorship of scientific
6) a description of your ideas for research in the specified area, 
7) names and email addresses of three scientists (typically your former
professors) who can give a reference for you. 
to prof.dr. Nicolai Petkov (petkov at cs dot rug dot nl). Applicants
will be asked to do a short assignment in order to demonstrate their
research abilities. The position will be open until a suitable candidate
is found.