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The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (http://www.ntnu.edu/ie) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for a 100 % position as a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Computer Science (IDI) (http://www.ntnu.edu/idi).   The position is hosted at the Norwegian Colour and Visual Computing Laboratory (Colourlab) (http://www.colourlab.no), Gjøvik, and financed under the FRINATEK Toppforsk project – Measuring and Understanding Visual Appearance (MUVApp).

The appointment is for a term of two years (and possible extension to three years). The position of post-doctoral fellow is a fixed-term position with the primary objective of qualifying for work in top academic posts. The position represents an excellent opportunity for an individual to develop his/her career and contribute to the further development of the field.

Information about the department
Currently there are 31 professors, 60 associate professors, 19 adjunct associate professors, 37 postdoctoral researchers, approx. 90 active ph.d. students, and 22 technical/administrative staff. Six of the tenured scientific positions are held by women, and eleven are from other countries than Norway. Research activities are organized into groups and strategic European and National projects as documented here http://www.ntnu.edu/idi/research.

The MUVApp project (http://www.colourlab.no/muvapp) aims at developing new knowledge on how humans perceive the visual appearance of materials, objects, and scenes, and to develop new methodologies for measuring and communicating visual appearance and appearance-related material and object properties. The project is funded over five years by the Research Council of Norway under the FRINATEK Toppforsk funding call of 2015/16. FRINATEK Toppforsk is a funding call to promote scientific quality at the forefront of international research. The project is led by Professor Jon Y. Hardeberg at The Norwegian Colour and Visual Computing Laboratory, in collaboration with four international associate partners (CNAM in France, Chiba University in Japan, Yale University in the USA and Justus-Liebig Universität Giessen in Germany).

Work description
Visual appearance and material perception is drawing the attention of more and more vision scientists. Our overall goal is to gain new knowledge of how human beings perceive the visual appearance of materials, objects, and scenes. Material perception is a very complex process, and the appropriate dimensions, feature spaces and perception metrics are only beginning to be studied.
The initial plan is for the postdoctoral researcher to investigate material perception based on psychometric scaling experiments and/or neuro-imaging. The candidate is expected to carry out consistent and well-designed psychometric scaling experiments to investigate the relationship between human perception and physical stimuli. There is an opportunity to perform physiological recordings (such as EEG or fMRI) to better understand the neural mechanisms of material perception.
However also other research directions within the broad field of measuring and understanding visual appearance (including attributes of color, gloss, translucency, and texture) can be relevant. Candidates will articulate their initial research ideas in the required one page proposal. The exact research focus and plan will be developed by the selected researcher after starting, under supervision by Associate Professor Marius Pedersen and Professor Jon Y. Hardeberg, and including collaboration with other project members at NTNU and at the associate partner institutions internationally. 

The Norwegian Colour and Visual Computing Laboratory

The Norwegian Colour and Visual Computing Laboratory (http://www.colourlab.no) is a research group within the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Gjøvik. It was founded in spring 2001 to serve the rising needs for color management solutions in the graphic arts industry. Since its foundation, the scope of interest has grown to cover colour science, color imaging, image processing, and video processing in a broader sense, and our vision is to be one of the best research groups in this field. To achieve this vision the group employs a number of researchers with a broad competence basis in fields such as graphic arts, colour imaging science, media technology, computer science, signal processing, physics, image processing, and video processing. We also maintain an interactive open environment with strong national and international collaborators both in academia and industry. This has resulted in a wide range of fundamental and applied research projects which the group is actively involved in. Furthermore, the group has a large number of well-equipped laboratories and conference facilities.


All candidates must be able to secure a residency and work permit in Norway. The university is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in employment practices, and we particularly would like to encourage female candidates to apply. Furthermore, the following qualifications apply:

  • PhD degree (or equivalent) within vision science, computer science, computer graphics, image processing, color imaging, or a closely related subject.
  • A high level of personal responsibility, initiative, motivation and ability to work in a project team as well as independently.
  • Good organization and communication skills with interest in wider context than their own research and ability to engage in cross-disciplinary and cross-sectorial teams, both within the Colourlab, and within the MUVApp project organization.
  • Eagerness to disseminate research results through scientific publications and presentations at international conferences

Experience with computer graphics methods and tools, mathematical modelling, psychophysical experiments are considered a strong advantage.

Programming skills are considered an advantage.

Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language must provide evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken. The following tests can be used as such documentation: TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

Minimum scores are:

• TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)
• IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
• CAE/CPE: grade B or A

In some circumstances (typically, in the case of PhD thesis in English), formal documentation of language skills can be relinquished. In such cases, the candidate’s language skills will be assessed in a personal interview.

Salary conditions
Post-doctoral fellow are remunerated in code 1352, in the State salary scale 57 - 77, gross NOK 488,900 – 719,600 per year (before tax), depending on qualifications. A deduction of 2% is made as a statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The national labour force must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent. NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are encouraged to apply.

Starting date
The starting date for the position is quite flexible; to be agreed between September 1 2017 and August 31, 2018.

The application

Applicants should submit these following documents through the application website www.jobbnorge.no:

• A cover letter (1 page) explaining your motivation, and how your skills and experience relate to the research    focus of the position.
• A draft research proposal outlining a possible approach (1-3 pages).
• CV with list of publications. Do not submit the actual publications, but provide if possible link(s) to where they can be downloaded.
• A description of PhD thesis work (1 page).
• At least two letters of reference, preferably from academic supervisor(s), with contact details.
• If the candidate does not have a PhD when applying for this position but have submitted the thesis, he/she needs to explain the completion plans. The PhD needs to be defended before they can start with this position.

Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Potential successful candidates will be interviewed via Skype or other means.

For further information about the position, please contact Assoc. Prof. Marius Pedersen, Email: marius.pedersen@ntnu.no.  Phone +47 61135246), Prof. Jon Y. Hardeberg. Email: jon.hardeberg@ntnu.no.  Phone +47 98216899, or head of department Professor Maria Letizia Jaccheri Email: maria.letizia.jaccheri@ntnu.no., Phone: +47 73 59 34 69.

For information about processing of applications, please contact Senior Executive Officer Anne Kristin Bratseth. Email: anne.kristin.bratseth@ntnu.no. Phone: +47 73 59 67 15.

Mark the application IE: 067-2017
We accept applications received before June 1st 2017, or until the position is fille

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