Research Fellow Position in Pattern Recognition in Netherlands and Germany, 2014

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Noldus Information Technology is inviting applications for research fellow position in a Marie Curie European Industrial Doctorate research and training program. The research fellow (called within the project 2013-P4) will work on the development of statistical algorithms and software tools for automated phenotyping. The duration of employment will be 36 months. During the first 1.5-2 years, applicants will work within the Research & Development department of Noldus Information Technology (Wageningen). During the remaining time applicants will work at the University of Tübingen.

Study Subject(s): The research fellow (called within the project 2013-P4) will work on the development of statistical algorithms and software tools for automated phenotyping, i.e. relevant data selection, behavioral sequence analysis and validation. Within the project there will be intensive collaboration between computer scientists, behavioral biologists and neuroscientists from industry and academia, resulting in an intensive training and research program with doctoral education and stimulation of entrepreneurship.
Course Level: This position is available for Doctorate research and training program.
Scholarship Provider: Noldus Information Technology collaborates with the University of Tübingen (Germany) and Utrecht University (The Netherlands).
Scholarship can be taken at: Netherlands and Germany

Eligibility:
-University degree (M.Sc. level) in computer science, biomedical engineering or electronic engineering.
– Substantial knowledge of mathematics, statistics and informatics, as well as computer programming (e.g. Matlab, C++, C#, Java). We will provide additional training in software engineering and application development.
– Knowledge/experience with machine learning, data mining, pattern recognition, statistics and signal processing is an advantage.
– You are willing to move to The Netherlands for the first part of the project and to Germany for the second part of the project.
– You are a creative and pro-active person who likes to work independently, with a strong drive and perseverance to accomplish a challenging mission.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Applicants of Netherlands are eligible for this position.

Scholarship Description: Noldus Information Technology collaborates with the University of Tübingen (Germany) and Utrecht University (The Netherlands) in a Marie Curie European Industrial Doctorate research and training program. The Marie Curie EID PhenoRat project aims at the generation, characterization and validation of transgenic animal models of neurodegenerative diseases (Huntington disease and Spinocerebellar Ataxia type 17). This requires the development of novel methods and techniques for the automated assessment the behavior of socially housed rodents, including social interactions. Current tracking systems do not allow reliable tracking of rodents of the same strain in a social setting for an extended period of time. Furthermore, automated behavioral phenotyping of rodents during long-lasting experiments typically results in large amounts of data with thousands of endpoints from which the biologically meaningful behavioral parameters need to be selected. The selection process is further complicated by the fact that behavior is not merely a classification of frequencies and durations of specific events. Therefore another objective is to use state-of-the-art machine learning and data mining techniques to facilitate the analysis of the sequential structure of rodent behavior and the selection of relevant behavioral parameters in large data sets, in order to detect biologically relevant phenotypes. The ultimate aim will be to develop these algorithms beyond state-of-the-art into software tools that can be applied to automatically detect the early functional signs of pathophysiology in animal models for neurodegenerative diseases, and to automatically analyze particular sequences in rodent behavior, which can be indicative of compulsive behaviors or stereotypes.

Duration of award(s): The duration of employment will be 36 months. During the first 1.5-2 years, you will work within the Research & Development department of Noldus Information Technology (Wageningen). During the remaining time you will work at the University of Tübingen. Scientific supervision of the project will be provided by Prof. dr. Remco Veltkamp (Department of Computer Science) of Utrecht University, where the research fellow will be enrolled as a Ph.D. student.

What does it cover? Applicants will be employed as an Early Stage Researcher according to Marie Curie EID regulations, which offer excellent employment conditions including a high base salary (approx. € 38.000 per year) and many additional benefits such as allowances for travel, mobility and education.

How to Apply: Please send your letter of motivation including your curriculum vitae and two references as a Word or PDF file to jobs-at-noldus.nl.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Contact employer

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