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PhD Candidate towards autonomous and real-time UAV mapping

UAVs represent one of the most relevant emerging technologies in the remote sensing domain of the last two decades, becoming a valid alternative to t…

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Key takeaways

  • Hours 40 hr.
  • Salary indication € 2,434 - € 3,111
  • Deadline 28 Feb 2022

UAVs represent one of the most relevant emerging technologies in the remote sensing domain of the last two decades, becoming a valid alternative to traditional acquisition techniques in a wide range of applications. In common practice, UAVs flights are pre-planned before starting the mission while data processing is performed offline after the acquisition. These methods, however, strongly limit the applicability of UAVs in dynamic and complex contexts. Examples of UAVs able to fly autonomously on an interest area, acquire complete data, understand the scene and take autonomous decisions are still in their very early stage. However, these solutions would promise to open new opportunities for more advanced applications.

Your tasks

You will work at the crossroad of photogrammetric computer vision, deep learning and robotics to develop the next generation of algorithms for reliable and autonomous real-time UAV mapping. The research will combine autonomous navigation algorithms with 2D and 3D semantic understanding of the scene to develop the next generation of autonomous drones able to perform complex tasks. Different applications such as patrolling, search and rescue in outdoor and indoor environments, and precision farming will be considered during this period.

Your profile

You should have:

  • An MSc in computer science or robotics
  • Expertise in deep learning
  • Excellent programming skills (python, C, Java)
  • Proficiency in ROS (optional)
  • Experience in customization of drones with the aim of streaming data, etc. (optional)
  • Experience with on-board and remote processing (optional)

Our offer

We offer you an inspiring multidisciplinary and challenging international and academic environment. 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 € 2,434.00 in the first year and a salary of € 3,111.00 in the fourth year gross per month;
  • 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 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 1 March 2021 (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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Step 1

When you see a vacancy that appeals to you, you can apply online. We ask you to upload a CV and motivation letter and/or list of publications. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.

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Step 2

The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

Step 3

1st interview.
The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

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Nex, F.C. (Francesco)
Associate Professor

Do you have questions about this vacancy? Then you can contact Francesco for all substantive questions about this position and the application procedure. For general questions about working for the UT, please refer to the chatbot.


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