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PhD Candidate “Map based classification of airborne laser and image data”

The Department of Earth Observation Science (EOS) of the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente in Ensc…

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Key takeaways

  • Hours 40 hr.
  • Salary indication € 2,434 - € 3,111
  • Deadline 9 Feb 2022

The Department of Earth Observation Science (EOS) of the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands, has a full-time vacant position for a PhD Candidate.

Your tasks

Maps are quickly becoming outdated,  about 10 % of the objects change annually. This project focuses  on methods to automatically interpret newly acquired sensor data to detect and to update the changed objects in the digital map. The sensor data includes high resolution 2D aerial image data and 3D laser scanner data. Our approach is to use the existing (old) digital maps to learn how various objects appear in these 2D and 3D datasets. It is your task to design a deep learning network to semantically segment airborne sensor data, making use of a huge training dataset derived from the fusion of map and sensor data. For (3D) point clouds derived from stereo (2D) images we aim to build a combined 3D and 2D classification approach, to be able to later classify both point clouds and imagery. Alongside this PhD position, one Postdoc will work on the generation of training data, and one other PhD Candidate will work on the delineation of data into map objects.

The specific tasks in this project are:

Your profile

  • You must hold an MSc degree, obtained no more than five years ago, related to computer vision, or geo-informatics, with excellent expertise in acquisition and processing of geo-information, and programming (Python, Tensorflow or PyTorch).
  • You have excellent study results and experience with the use and further development of deep neural networks.
  • Because of the involvement of various Dutch project partners, it is required that you must be at ease communicating and discussing with these partners (in English). In joint meetings research results must be presented to them and the next steps discussed.

Our offer

We offer you an inspiring multidisciplinary and challenging international and academic environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalisation is an important part of the strategic agenda. We offer a position for a period of four years. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement (CAO-NU) of the Dutch Universities.

  • A starting salary of € 2,434.- in the first year and a salary of € 3,111.- in the fourth year gross per month;
  • Tailor-made educational/development programme of at least 6 months (30EC), including visits to conferences;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • A solid pension scheme;
  • A total of 41 holiday days in case of full-time employment;
  • Professional and personal development programmes;
  • Costs for moving to Enschede may be reimbursed.

Information and application

Additional information about this position can be obtained from Dr. Oude Elberink (email: s.j.oudeelberink@utwente.nl) or from Prof. Vosselman (email: george.vosselman@utwente.nl). You are also invited to visit our homepage.

Please submit your application before 10 February 2022 (choose “apply now” below). Your application should include:

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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 and earth observation. Our mission is capacity development, where we apply, share and facilitate the effective use of geo-information and earth observation knowledge and tools for tackling global wicked problems. Our purpose is to enable our many partners around the world to track and trace the impact – and the shifting causes and frontiers – of today’s global challenges. Our vision is of a world in which researchers, educators, and students collaborate across disciplinary and geographic divides with governmental and non-governmental organisations, institutes, businesses, and local populations to surmount today’s complex global challenges and to contribute to sustainable, fair, and digital societies.

About the faculty ITC 

Curious about were the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) stands for? Check out the ITC website for more information.

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1st interview.
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2nd interview.
In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

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The offer.
If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

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Oude Elberink, S.J. (Sander)
Assistant Professor

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