Description: The Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam has a 3-year postdoc position available in the H2020 GRAVITATE project, involving the reunification and geometric reassembly of cultural heritage artefacts.
General Project Information
The goal of the H2020 project GRAVITATE is to investigate and employ digital methods in archeological and conservational research. Specifically, the intention is to use digital scans and digital metadata on objects to reassemble, reunite and reassociate broken and dispersed artifacts.
The partners in the project are in computer science (ICT Innovation in Southampton, UK; CNR/Imati in Genova, Italy; University of Amsteram, The Netherlands; Technion, Haifa, Israel) and in the field of application (British Museum, London, UK; Cyprus Institute, Lefkosia, Cyprus); and all have previous experience in computer-based cultural heritage projects.
Within GRAVITATE, the Informatics Institute of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is hiring a postdoc for 3 years. Together with local principal researcher dr. Leo Dorst, the postdoc will be responsible mainly for the low-level geometric reassembly algorithms. UvA is to produce geometric data representations (and conversions between them) suitable for the various aspects of this reassembly task, and efficient algorithms to propose and verify possible matches. These will need to be combined with the objects' shape and metadata aspects investigated by other partners into a single hybrid search platform, deployed on a specific use case of the cultural heritage partners.
To give a flavor of the activities, UvA is involved in the following work packages (with number of months indicated):
The project will kick off in June 2015.
- WP1 (0): Coordination and management (this is done by partner ITInnovation)
- WP2 (3): User requirement analysis and planning
- WP3 (24, leader): Geometric and semantic matching research agenda
- WP4 (12): Exploring the space of similarities: interactive and visual use experience
- WP5 (4): Analysis, design and development of GRAVITATE hybrid search platform
- WP6 (3): Use case preparation and pilot deployment
- WP7 (6): Dissemination and exploration
Applicants must have a PhD involving 3D object representation and manipulation (or expect to have one in the Summer of 2015).
In addition, a successful candidate should have:
- good knowledge of computer graphics and/or computer vision
- strong math skills
- strong programming skills
- strong oral and written communication skills
- demonstrable publication record
The Intelligent System Lab at the University of Amsterdam
The successful candidate will be based in the Intelligent Systems Lab Amsterdam (ISLA) within the Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam. ISLA consists of 20 members of faculty, 20 post-doctoral researchers, and more than 50 PhD students. Members of the lab are actively pursuing a variety of research initiatives, including machine learning, decision-theoretic planning and learning, multiagent systems, natural language processing, information retrieval, and computer vision.
Some of the things we have to offer:
Since Amsterdam is a very international city where almost everybody speaks and understands English, candidates need not be afraid of the language barrier.
- competitive pay and excellent benefits
- extremely friendly working environment
- high-level of interaction
- location near the city center (15 minutes by bicycle) of one Europe's most beautiful and lively cities
- international environment (10+ nationalities in the group)
- access to high-end computing facilities (cluster with 4,000+ cores)
Informal inquiries can be made by email to Leo Dorst (l.dorst[[AT]]uva[[DOT]]nl) who is the local UvA-GRAVITATE project leader.
Job Application Procedure
The deadline for the first round of applications is June 30, 2015.