Netherlands: PhD Student in Computer Vision

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The appointee will perform research on colour
in computer vision and in particular on image segmentation, object
recognition and image understanding.


University Graduate
• MSc in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics or Mathematics;

• Preferably some expertise in the field of computer vision or colour.

Additional information about the job:
There is a huge increase in the amount of digital image and video
information. This calls for advanced feature learning and visual
recognition techniques. Furthermore, as the digital information becomes
more and more available in colour format (images, videos and movies),
there is an increasing demand for the use and understanding of colour
information. Although colour has been proven to be a central topic in
various disciplines (ranging from art, humanities, biology to physics),
colour in computer vision and the pictorial information exploration
thereof has largely been ignored so far. This study resolves this.

The central topic of this study is to investigate novel
computational methods which are essential for visual recognition i.e.
image segmentation, object and scene recognition and image
understanding. Theoretical models are studied to express colour
semantics from both a physical as well as a perceptual point of view.
These models are the foundations of new theories for visual exploration
which are tested in practice by large scale experiments.


University of Amsterdam Faculty of Science
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a
university with an internationally acclaimed profile, located at the
heart of the Dutch capital. As well as a world center for business and
research, Amsterdam is a hub of cultural and media activities. The
University of Amsterdam is a member of the League of European Research

The Faculty of Science at the UvA is one of
Europe’s foremost institutions of higher education and research in its
chosen fields of specialization. It plays an active role in
international science networks and collaborates with universities and
industry. The Faculty has approximately 2,000 students and 1,500 staff
members spread over four departments and ten research institutes. Each
institute has its own research programme, a substantial part of which
is externally funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific
Research (NWO), the Dutch government, the EU and various private

In 2010, the Faculty will relocate to the Science Park Amsterdam.
Ambitious building projects are paving the way for this relocation. The
move will make the Park one of the largest centres of academic research
in the Netherlands.

Conditions of employment

Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: see below

Additional conditions of employment:
Both appointments are full-time (38 hours a week) for a total of four
years: an initial period of eighteen months, followed by a further two
and a half years subject to a positive appraisal. It is expected to
result in a PhD thesis. The gross monthly salary is fixed in accordance
with the Dutch University regulations for academic personnel and ranges
from € 2.558,– in the first year to a maximum of € 2.000,– in the
fourth year.

Additional Information

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:

Dr. Theo Gevers
Telephone number: +31 20 525 7516
E-mail address:
Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.

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You can apply for this job before 25-10-2008 by sending your application to:

The Universiteit van Amsterdam
Faculty of Science, Personnel dept.
Kruislaan 404
1098 SM Amsterdam

E-mail address:

Applications should include a letter of
motivation and a curriculum vitae. Please include the names and contact
information of two referees. Applications may be emailed to, attn: Mrs. J.C.Knaap, Personnel Department,
Faculty of Science, University of Amsterdam. To process your
application immediately, please quote the vacancy number in the subject

Closing date is 25 October 2008.

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number AT 08-1055.


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