Postdoc in Machine Learning for Signal Processing

onsdag 06 apr 22

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Are you interested in developing new machine learning and signal processing methods and putting your skills into practice?

If you have a PhD or similar research background in machine learning or signal processing, and you are looking for the right place to make the most of your knowledge and talent, this is the position for you. As part of the project "Machine learning-enabled fiber-optic communication", you will develop your skills at the forefront of scientific research.

In a ground breaking collaboration between researchers in machine learning and photonics, we want to use machine learning to design new fiber-optic communication strategies that are optimized in terms of throughput and energy-efficiency. Your role will be to develop neural network-based machine learning methods for improving communication strategies over nonlinear fiber optic channels, and collaborate on implementing them in our experimental test bed. This could include using convolutional neural networks for pulse shaping at the transmitter and symbol detection at the receiver. With a physical communication channel "in the loop" we envision that gradient-free optimization will play an important role in your research. Depending on your interests, you could approach this using Monte Carlo gradient estimation, active learning, surrogate optimization, or perhaps evolutionary computation.   

As our new colleague, you will be part of a dedicated interdisciplinary research team. You will be based within the Section for Cognitive Systems, which is a lively and research oriented group of scientists and support staff with a broad interest in machine learning and information processing in humans and computers. On a day-to-day basis you will collaborate closely with one other postdoctoral researcher employed in the project as well as the two professors, Mikkel N. Schmidt and Darko Zibar, who lead the project. 

We believe that the best scientific results are achieved based on trust in the individual backed by an environment of collaboration, knowledge sharing, and support. You will have considerable freedom to pursue your own ideas as you see fit, and we encourage you to publish your results in the leading machine learning venues.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to develop, design, and implement new machine learning methods for signal processing in digital communication. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Developing ideas for using machine learning to optimize communication strategies.
  • Designing and implementing neural networks for optical communication.
  • Collaborating with practitioners on implementation in our experimental test bed.
  • Communicating your results in machine learning conferences and journals.

We expect that you bring expertise within:

  • Machine learning and/or signal processing methods research.
  • Programming in Python and Pytorch / Tensorflow.
  • Creative problem solving and generation of new ideas.
  • Communication in English, both written and spoken.

It is an added benefit if you have experience with the following related topics, but if not we can provide the necessary training:

  • Digital communication systems
  • Probabilistic modeling

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.

The period of employment is 2 years.  Starting date is as soon as possible according to mutual agreement.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.   

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Mikkel N. Schmidt, /

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 1 June 2022 (Danish time)Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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DTU Compute is a unique and internationally recognized academic department with 385 employees and 11 research sections spanning the science disciplines mathematics, statistics, computer science, and engineering. We conduct research, teaching and innovation of high international standard – producing new knowledge and technology-based solutions to societal challenges. We have a long-term involvement in applied and interdisciplinary research, big data and data science, artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), smart and secure societies, smart manufacturing, and life science. At DTU Compute we believe in a diverse workplace with a flexible work-life balance.

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