Imperial College is looking for dedicated candidates for a one year nine months position in the Image Recognition Research Group and the Brevan Howard Centre for Financial Analysis in the context of the European Union research project ARISE, beginning 1st December, 2020.   You will work as part of a team of post-docs and experienced researchers from Imperial College (Finance Department, Computing Department), the University of Utrecht…

Job listing information

  • Reference BUS00305
  • Date posted 19 November 2020
  • Closing date 6 December 2020

Job description

Job summary

Imperial College is looking for dedicated candidates for a one year nine months position in the Image Recognition Research Group and the Brevan Howard Centre for Financial Analysis in the context of the European Union research project ARISE, beginning 1st December, 2020.  

You will work as part of a team of post-docs and experienced researchers from Imperial College (Finance Department, Computing Department), the University of Utrecht (Hydrology Department), CIRAD Montpellier (Agro-ecology Department), and the Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) (Economics Department and Dynamic Meteorology Laboratory).

Duties and responsibilities

You will develop and implement machine learning and image recognition techniques in order to accurately estimate weather-driven crop loss risk subject to different climate adaptation scenarios.

Models and numerical applications will be developed using datasets ranging from multi-spectral high-resolution remote sensing data sets to ground observation datasets. Convolutional neural nets and alternative (semi)supervised and unsupervised machine learning techniques will be used as basis to develop image recognition models able to identify local (e.g. 20 m resolution) adoption of crop management and type of crops.

You will also work in with climate datasets in order to integrate climate model outputs to image recognition and classification algorithms – e.g. identification of patterns subject to different weather patterns. You will work at the interface of image recognition, reinforcement learning, and remote sensing, in collaboration with crop modelling, to increase the skill of high-resolution modelling of different staple crops subject to climate and adaptation scenarios.

The task area includes the following:

  • Development and validation of image recognition models in trained to (i) recognise agricultural plot boundaries, and (ii) crops and cropping practices at very high-resolution, (iii) climate and weather patterns and teleconnections
  • Gathering of datasets for model training and validation
  • Synthesis of modelling results in scientific publications and oral presentations at project and network meetings and conferences.

Essential requirements

We seek a committed person who preferably possess the following professional and personal qualifications:

  • Excellent knowledge in deep convolutional neural network architectures.
  • Knowledge of Generative Adversarial Networks for image-to-image translation problems.
  • Industrial or research experience in the above topics.
  • Willingness to collaborate with others as part of a multi-disciplinary research team
  • Feel comfortable with working independently
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills

Further information

This is a fixed-term contract of one year and nine months.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477- £38,566 per annum

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Megan Irving – [email protected]

For technical issues when applying online please email [email protected]

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

Apply: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/description/BUS00305/research-assistant

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