Lancaster University is pleased to announce a series of new posts to work with Prof. Dame Sue Black as part of the H-unique project. These exciting opportunities have arisen directly from Prof. Black’s ground-breaking research in relation to the forensic identification of individuals from images of their anatomy that are captured primarily within IIOC (indecent images of children). To assess the evidential robustness of hand identification in the courtroom requires that the degree of ‘uniqueness’ in the human hand be assessed through large volume image analysis. The research opens up the opportunity to develop new and exciting biometric capabilities that have a wide range of real-world applications, from security access through to border control whilst assisting the investigation of serious and organised crime on a global level.
H-unique is a five year, €2.5M programme of research that will be the first multimodal automated interrogation of visible hand anatomy, through analysis and interpretation of human variation via images. It will be an interdisciplinary project, supported by anatomists, anthropologists, geneticists, bioinformaticians, image analysts and computer scientists. We will investigate inherent and acquired variation in search of uniqueness, as the hand retains and displays a multiplicity of anatomical variants formed by different aetiologies (genetics, development, environment, accident etc.).
We are seeking to appoint a new Anniversary Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor) to take an active lead with Prof. Dame Sue Black and the research team to secure the goals of the research. The Anniversary Lectureship Scheme is designed to identify academic leaders of the future and attract the highest calibre of applicants with the potential to become Readers or Chairs within 5 years. You will not be allocated a direct teaching load in at least the first two years, although tutoring, project supervision and a small number of specialist lectures would be possible.
We are also seeking to appoint two Senior Research Associates and a Database Manager to complete the creation of a world-class team in this exciting area. The posts will be based in Lancaster’s School of Computing and Communications that offers an inclusive and stimulating environment for career development. H-unique involves a partnership with the University of Dundee and a PDRA position is also available at Dundee (see https://www.dundee.ac.uk/ for details). For full details please see the adverts below.
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