Research Position in Computer Vision for Animal Behaviour Analysis
Catholic University of Leuven Department of Biosystems
Belgium

Animal & Human Health Engineering (A2H) is a division within the Department of Biosystems at KU Leuven. A2H is transdisciplinary team of researchers, performing cutting-edge research to improve health, welfare and productivity for individual living organisms. The research group Measure, Model & Manage Bioresponses (M3-BIORES) sits within A2H and is a recognized scientific group working in the field of biological responses modelling and monitoring for improving the lives of animal and humans. Our objective is to measure and model in real-time the responses of living organisms as a basis for developing monitoring and controlling technology to improve their well-being, health and/or performance.

Responsibilities

• Working collaboratively with the research team leader and team to produce excellent research results in computer vision for animal behaviour analysis
• Write reports and research papers, and present findings to collaborators and scientific community
• Demonstrate effective collaboration skills with high standard of personal integrity & handling of confidential information

Profile

We we are looking for:
• You have a vision to become an international expert in the field of Computer Vision applied to animal behaviour analysis. The field of computer vision for animal behaviour analysis is rapidly expanding, meanwhile the field faces important technical challenges.
• You are an excellent scientist and have experience in designing and running research projects to a high standard. This requires a drive to deliver excellent results (demonstrated with publications and technology) in your research.
• You are an excellent collaborator within multi-disciplinary teams and you communicate effectively to deliver high quality science. Our strength is in our team, and our team is multidisciplinary with experts from domains of Animal Ethology, Veterinary, Mathematics, Bio-Engineering, Computer Science. This mix of backgrounds stimulates the generation of innovative ideas and interesting discussions and drives us to achieve impact with our science.
• You are experienced in data analysis and computer vision algorithm design with state-of-the-art and traditional methodologies, and understand how to balance performance with complexity to achieve implementable technologies. Our team works with industry and utilises real-world data and aim to develop implementable solutions for our partners.
• You are creative individual and have a "persistent itch" to develop innovative solutions. Our team looks to translate novel technologies and ideas to enable breakthroughs in what is possible.

Requirements
• MSc or PhD degree in the field of Data Science, Computer Science, or related field
• Working knowledge in the field of data analysis, machine learning and algorithm development
• Working knowledge on video processing and machine learning with Python OpenCV (OpenCV, PyTorch, Tensorflow), and MATLAB
• Knowledge on the development of novel cutting-edge computer vision technologies relevant for animal behaviour analysis (e.g. multi-object detection/segmentation/tracking etc.)
• Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyse, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy
• Knowledge on experimental design and practical implementation of monitoring solution in commercial environments
• Adept at report writing and presenting findings
• Stress resistant and passion for excellence.

Desirables
• Demonstrable leadership profile with genuine passion for Computer Vision
• Analytical, structured and result-oriented; you are able to work independently and make decisions without direct supervision involvement; you have excellent work organization and communication skills
• Highly self-motivated, flexible, logical thinking, goal-oriented, team player; Continuously searching for new knowledge and for continuous improvement; demonstrated ability to learn new technologies and skills
• Experience in building AI applications in embedding system (e.g. NVIDIA Jetson) would be a plus
• Experience in managing multidisciplinary research project and guiding junior researchers
• Capability to produce new intellectual property and research papers
• Experience in research proposal writing

Offer

If you see yourself in the above description then we would really like to speak with you. Ideally you have already a work permit for Belgium. We recognize that this is challenging position and will pay accordingly. KU Leuven offers access to state-of-the-art infrastructure, a competitive salary and outstanding health care benefits. The position is funded for 2 years and can be extended to four years. Thereafter there is the prospect of permanent employment if our cooperation is mutually satisfactory.

Interested?

For more information please contact Prof. dr. Tomas Norton, tel.: +32 16 37 75 31, mail: tomas.norton@kuleuven.be.

You can apply for this job no later than September 19, 2021 via the
KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.
  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: September 19, 2021
  • Tags: Biosystemen


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