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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Postdoctoral research positions in artificial intelligence, SOUTH AFRICA

Durban (South Africa)

Applications are invited for Postdoctoral Research positions in the UKZN/CSIR Meraka Centre for 
Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR) within the School of Computer Science, University of 
KwaZulu- Natal, South Africa. The successful applicants will be expected to engage in full-time 
postdoctoral research under the supervision of a member of the academic staff of CAIR. The 
positions are for a duration of one year and are renewable for a second year, subject to 
satisfactory performance.

The following two positions will be jointly funded and jointly supervised in collaboration with 
the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh (UED). Postdoctoral researchers will be 
primarily based at CAIR in Durban or Pretoria and will undertake short research placements to UED. 
The research areas are: * Behavior representation and detection in video surveillance systems 
under the supervision of Dr. Deshen Moodley (UKZN) and Prof. Bob Fisher (UED). * Knowledge 
Representation and Reasoning under the supervision of Prof. Tommie Meyer (CAIR) and Prof. Alan Bundy (UED).

A third general position is also available in any area of Artificial Intelligence currently under 
investigation within CAIR. See (alias for a list of CAIR 
members and research projects. Potential applicants should contact the appropriate CAIR member 
directly to discuss the project.

Eligibility Criteria for all positions:

* A doctoral degree in Computer Science or related area. * Appropriate experience to undertake 
postdoctoral research in the specified area.

Application requirements for all positions:

*  A full curriculum vitae, including a list of publications.
*  Completion of the application form and Annexure A, available from

* For the general CAIR position, a one-page proposal approved by the relevant CAIR member must be 
appended to the application.


The total funding will range from ZAR 180 000 to ZAR 270 000 per year comprising of:

* A tax free scholarship of ZAR 180 000 for one year and subject to satisfactory progress, 
renewable for a second year.

* A top up of up to ZAR 90 000 per year from CAIR, depending on the experience of the candidate 
and the availability of funds.

* There is no fixed application deadline. Scholarships will be awarded based on the suitability 
of candidates and the availability of funds.

Applications should be sent to:

Professor Tommie Meyer
Director: Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research