PhD project in Deep Learning for Image-Based Quality Assessment

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DTU Compute’s Section for Cognitive Systems invites applications for a 3-year PhD position starting summer 2021.

The project will carried out in collaboration with FOSS, a Danish company producing end-to-end solutions that secure and improve food quality. FOSS analysis instruments refine measurements into information management that enables businesses to run intelligent data-driven productions with less waste and bigger yields. The project is funded by DIREC - Digital Research Center Denmark and also involves scientists at Department of Computer Science at University of Copenhagen (DIKU).

The research aim of the project is the development of AI methods and tools that enable industry to develop new solutions for automated image-based quality assessment.

The main part of the PhD study will take place in the Section for Cognitive Systems. The section is a lively and research oriented group of scientists and support staff with a shared interest in information processing in man and computer, and a particular focus on the signals they exchange - audio, imagery, behaviorand the opportunities these signals offer for modeling and engineering of cognitive systems. The Section is working actively to keep a healthy work-life balance and we are aware of the challenges facing young families in academia. Working at DTU provides much flexibility and families in Denmark enjoy a highly developed and affordable childcare system.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Are you interested in developing new deep learning methods for understanding of visual data? Then you might be our new PhD student. Your tasks will be to

  • Develop and implement deep learning methods for analysis of image data.
  • Motivated by the FOSS data challenges you will research methods for improved deep learning in complex, real world settings based on weakly supervised methods, including semi-supervised and self-supervised learning. Other topics of interest include the detection of out-of-distribution events, explainability and active learning.
  • Disseminate your research in top machine learning conferences, such NeurIPS, ICML, ICLR, CVPR etc.
  • Develop, document, and publish open source software to make your research available to the wider machine learning community.
  • Contribute to the productive collaboration between FOSS, DIKU and DTU Compute and by your presence ensure that your research is aligned with the project’s needs.

We expect that you are highly motivated and self-driven and strive for excellence.

Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. The master degree should be in engineering, computational science, applied mathematics or equivalent.

Preference will be given to candidates who can document experience in deep learning, solid coding skills and research experience. Good command of the English language is essential.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in the DTU Compute PhD School Program. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the PhD study program, please see the DTU PhD Guide

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Lars Kai Hansen, DTU Compute, Thomas Nikolajsen, FOSS and Kim Steenstrup Pedersen, DIKU. 

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 appointment terms
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 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Lars Kai Hansen, Section for Cognitive Systems, DTU Compute, email: and Thomas Nikolajsen, tel.: +45 6021 6989. 

You can read more about DTU Compute at, DIREC at, FOSS at and more about DIKU at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 20 April 2021 (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:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

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

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