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Research Associate in Imaging and Learning for Realistic Appearance Modelling

Imperial College London - Imperial College London, Department of Computing

Location: London
Salary: £37,486 to £46,499 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 19th March 2019
Closes: 14th May 2019
Job Ref: ENG00769

Salary range: £37,486 to £46,499 per annum*

Full time, fixed term appointment until Feb 2021, starting September 2019 (with some flexibility)

The Department of Computing is a leading department of Computer Science among UK Universities, and has consistently been awarded the highest research rating. We seek a Research Associate to work as part of a project led by Dr Abhijeet Ghosh in the areas of realistic computer graphics and imaging. The goal of the project is to investigate novel imaging, modelling, simulation and machine learning (ML) techniques for appearance of real world materials including bio-physical/spectral models of absorption and scattering of light in organic media such as human skin, as well as wave optical effects such as polarization, diffraction or interference effects in material reflectance.

The position offers an exciting opportunity for conducting internationally leading and impactful research, which aims to solve real-world problems in acquisition and modelling of materials, objects and scenes at the boundary of graphics, optics, imaging, and ML. There will also be an opportunity to work with PhD and MSc students and potentially co-supervise student projects, as well as access to a state-of-the-art multispectral Lightstage for appearance measurements.

Within the project, the Research Associate will be responsible for designing measurement protocols and software pipelines for data acquisition and processing for appearance modelling/analysis and evaluating results against ground truth, as well as developing deep learning algorithms and pipelines for appearance inference using training data obtained from measurements. They will be expected to publish their research results at leading venues in computer graphics, vision or applied optics.

To apply for this position, you will need to have a strong computer graphics and mathematics background. Some background in optics, computer vision or deep learning is also highly desirable. You should also have experience, including a proven publication track-record, in one or more of the following areas: appearance modelling, rendering, acquisition/imaging, deep learning. Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience in several of the following: C++/Python, OpenGL/CUDA, Matlab, OpenCV, DSLR/machine-vision cameras, raytracing/rendering, TensorFlow/PyTorch.

You must have a PhD (or equivalent experience and/or qualifications) in an area pertinent to the subject area, i.e. Computing or Engineering. You must be able to organise your own work and prioritise work to meet deadlines. All applicants must have excellent written and verbal communication skills. You will be part of the Realistic Graphics and Imaging research group. For further information on the group, see: 

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £34,397 to £37,486 per annum.       

Informal inquiries related to the position should be directed to Dr Abhijeet Ghosh: 

How to apply:
For further details on this opportunity visit our Jobs website and search using vacancy reference number ENG00769. In addition to completing the online application, candidates should attach:

  • A full CV
  • A two-page research statement indicating what you see are interesting research issues relating to the above post and why your expertise is relevant.

For any queries regarding the application process please contact Jamie Perrins:

Closing Date: 14 May 2019

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