PhD Position in Computer Vision and Machine Learning

University of Zürich Institute for Computational Science


Institute for Computational Science

PhD Student in computer vision and machine learning

The Data Science for Sciences group lead by Prof. Jan Dirk Wegner at the Institute of Computational Science is seeking applications for a Doctoral Candidate / Research Assistant starting in fall 2021.

Your responsibilities

The successful candidate will work on a project in cooperation with the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest Snow and Landscape Research WSL, aiming to develop an image analysis tool for automatic cell identification in high-resolution images of tree rings based on a predecessor tool (cf. link roxas). Cells in tree rings are a novel and promising natural archive to reconstruct past climate and infer on tree-environment interactions. Prior experience in computer vision, data analysis and machine learning is a plus, fluency in English is required (both written and spoken).

Your profile

  • An excellent degree (M.Sc. or equivalent) in Computer Science, Machine Learning, or a related field (e.g. Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics)
  • Strong mathematical understanding
  • Experience in programming, preferably in C++ and Python, and software engineering
  • Fluency in English is required (written and spoken)
  • Prior experience in computer vision, data analysis and machine learning is a plus

What we offer

We offer an exciting and stimulating environment to study and work in. The University of Zurich has several internationally recognized research groups dedicated to data science, machine learning and remote sensing, and we also collaborate with several other institutions and companies in the fields of computer vision, machine learning and earth observation, in Switzerland and abroad. The candidate will be co-affiliated with the EcoVision Lab at ETH Zurich, which has many close ties with a wide range of ETH Zurich research groups.

Place of work

University of Zurich
Institute for Computational Science
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zurich

Start of employment / Application

Employment start date to be mutually agreed.

If you are interested in joining our group, please submit your complete application (motivation letter, curriculum vitae, school and university score records, contact details of at least two referees). If diplomas and grades are not originally in French, German, Italian, or English, please provide electronic or scanned copies of certified translations into English.

All documents should be uploaded on our application plattform via the provided link below. The deadline for applications is June 15, 2021. Selection starts immediately, therefore early submissions are encouraged.

Further information

Prof. Jan Dirk Wegner, PhD Program Director

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