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Researcher/Lecturer Deep learning on UAV / on-board and cloud computing for UAV mapping

Job description

You will establish a new line of research to develop the next generation of drones for remote sensing applications with specific regard to on-board and cloud computing to increase the automation in UAV mapping. You will develop algorithms and methods for (near) real-time processing of data acquired from drones. The idea behind your work is to make drones as a part of network of sensors (i.e. part of an IoT network) where collected data will be processed on-board or streamed on the cloud. Given the multi-disciplinarity of the ITC Faculty, different applications ranging such as precision farming, surveillance/ patrolling and 3D mapping will be faced. You are willing to collaborate with different departments of the ITC Faculty understanding problems from different domains and developing breakthrough scientific solutions to overcome these challenges. You will be also involved in the consultancy and research activities of the Centre and will be involved in the development of new research ideas and proposals and occasionally asked to supervise MSc and PhD students.

Your profile

You have:

  • A PhD in computer science or geoscience with specific regard to deep learning and computer vision.
  • Expertise in cloud and edge computing and knowledge of communication protocols.
  • Expertise in the processing of very high-resolution data
  • Excellent scientific track of record
  • Experience in national and international research projects
  • Familiarity with remote sensing using multiple typologies of data (multi-spectral images, thermal, laser point clouds, etc.) is considered an added value, although optional.  
  • Excellent communication skills and good English language proficiency
  • An affinity with a multi-cultural education environment, excellent work ethics, and commitment to the job

Our offer

We offer a fulltime position in an inspiring and challenging multidisciplinary and international environment for a period of three years. Prolongation of the contract after this period is a possibility.  Salary and conditions will be in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement (CAO-NU) of the Dutch Universities.

  • Gross monthly salary between € 3,270.00 and € 5,211.00 depending on experience and qualifications (job profile Researcher 4 or 3).
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • A solid pension scheme;
  • Minimum of 41 holiday days in case of full-time employment;
  • Professional and personal development programs;
  • Costs for moving to Enschede may be reimbursed.

Information and application

For more information about this position, you can contact Dr. Francesco Nex (f.nex@utwente.nl). You are also invited to visit our homepage.

Please submit your application before 27 October 2021 (choose “apply now” below). Your application should include:

  • A cover letter (maximum 2 pages), emphasizing your specific interest in the position and outlining your relevant skills and experience
  • A Curriculum Vitae

About the department

The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands, is establishing the centre gUAVe of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. For this centre there is a vacant position.

About the organization

The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science (GIS) and earth observation. We use remote sensing and GIS for collecting spatial data. Our aim is to contribute to the international exchange of knowledge, focusing on capacity building and institutional development in developing countries and emerging economies. As part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, we ensure that everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people and society through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We also seek to sustain and expand our role as a leader in academic social entrepreneurship.

University of Twente (UT)

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Researcher/Lecturer Deep learning on UAV / on-board and cloud computing for UAV mapping
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