PRIME - Open Positions

How to apply

Required materials

Qualified applicants are invited to submit the following information to the central project-wide e-mail address hiring at prime-itn.eu:
  • A single Page CV
  • A scan of one’s Master’s diploma, along with a transcript of records for the master studies
  • A motivation letter why one wants to join PRIME.
  • Letters of recommendation from two previous employers and/or teachers at the university the applicant graduated from (ideally, this includes the supervisor of the master thesis).
  • A list of one to three ESR positions within the network for which one applies, along with a justification why one thinks one fits the research topic outlined for these positions. The justifications for these choices are crucial: we don’t want to hear where an applicant wants to go within the network, in terms of geographic location. Instead, we want to hear why they want to join a particular research project within the ITN.

Please collate all this information into a single PDF file, and provide it to us either as mail attachment at the above address, or via a file sharing service such as Google Drive.

Organisational notes on the hiring process:

  • The hiring process consists of several steps:
    1. Screening for formal eligibility, by the ITN coordinator. This step only determines if the ITN hiring criteria mandated by the EU (master's degree, appropriate career stage, no recent residency in the hiring country) are met. Candidates which are rejected for such formal reasons are directly informed by the ITN coordinator.
    2. Distribution of applications to appropriate hiring institutions within the ITN, for them to screen candidates according to their own criteria listed below in the individual job adverts.
    3. If any of these hiring institutions deem the applicant to be of interest, they will directly contact them for an interview.
    4. If none of them do, the coordinator will inform the candidate of rejection.
  • Note that in stage three, applicants might be contacted by multiple hiring institutions. We coordinate our hiring internally, and if an applicant looks potentially promising for multiple ESR positions, they might get interviewed for two (or more) of them. After the interviews, the institutions then decide amongst themselves who will actually make the applicant an offer.
  • Note that as stated above, unless an applicant explicitly requests that their information be withheld from specific hiring institutions within the ITN, their information will be shared with the entire network. Requesting one’s information being withheld from any particular hiring institution does not negatively affect eligibility for the remaining positions: we just require that any such wishes be clearly stated in the initial application.
  • As a consequence of this sharing of applications within the network, applicants might ultimately get an interview offer for an ESR position they did not actually select on their personal preference list.
  • Typically, applicants can expect a response on their application within 3-4 weeks.

ESR01 - Predictive Rendering of Fluorescent Materials

Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Topic Description

The ESR 01 PhD position within PRIME is about developing efficient light transport simulation algorithms for volumetric materials used in 3D printing, and about the inclusion of fluorescence in modern rendering technology. The optical effect of fluorescence is currently neglected in most rendering software, but it plays a significant role in the appearance of certain materials. The research undertaken by this ESR will be both fundamental research about inclusion of fluorescence in modern rendering technology, as well as work with appearance measurement, and the trialling of such rendering capabilities in actual industrial workflows.

Employment Details

Pay is standardised by the EU, and is ample by local standards. Employment duration within PRIME is 36 months, and the start date can be anytime between October 1st, 2020, and September 30th, 2021. However, we prefer candidates to be available as soon as is practical: ideally, we would like to hire until March 2021 at the very latest.

About the research group

The Computer Graphics Group (CGG) at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic is led by Alexander Wilkie and Elena Šikudová, and currently hosts seven PhD students and one PostDoc. The team is very international (British, Slovak, Czech, German, Iranian) and uses English as its working language. Topic-wise, the group’s interests are spread across realistic image synthesis, appearance fabrication, sky models, and computer vision. We are proud of our closely knit team environment, and our far-reaching network of collaborators in academia and industry. We are also privileged to be housed in a magnificent historical building right underneath Castle Hill in the historical centre of Prague.

Requirements

Formal Requirements
  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Physics or Engineering.
  • No Ph.D. degree1.
  • Less than 4 years of professional employment after obtaining your master’s degree 1
  • Less than 12 months of residency in the Czech Republic in the last 3 years 1
Technical Proficiency
  • Advanced knowledge in the field of computer graphics, especially (volumetric) light transport simulation and material modelling.
  • Solid foundation in optics, linear algebra, Monte Carlo integration, colour science.
  • Experience with rendering software, preferably path tracers like Corona, VRay, pbrt or Mitsuba.
  • Solid working proficiency in writing, debugging and maintaining C, C++ and/or Objective-C code.
Soft Skills Requirements
  • Fluent spoken and written English. Minimum proficiency level is B2, C1 is definitely preferred.
    An ability to speak Czech is not required during your entire stay at our university: the working language of our group, and the entire Ph.D. study plan, is English.
  • Self-reliant working style
  • Curious and ambitious personality.
  • Prior research and publication experience is considered a definite plus, but is not required.
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ESR 02

Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

This position has already been filled.

 

ESR03

Luxion ApS, Aarhus, Denmark

This position has already been filled.

 

ESR04

Luxion ApS, Aarhus, Denmark

This position has already been filled.

 

ESR05 - Simulating training data for machine learning

DFKI, Saarbrücken, Germany

Topic Description

The ESR 05 PhD position within PRIME is about synthesising training data for machine learning. Computer vision, for instance when used for autonomous driving, relies heavily on machine learning. Large sets of training data are required to effectively “teach” the computer how to handle complex real-world scenarios. Some critical real-world events that a machine learning method needs to handle well are either too rare (e.g., specific weather conditions) or too dangerous (e.g., a toddler falling in front of a car) to gather in the real world. The research undertaken by this ESR will identify what level of physical accuracy is required to successfully train machine learning approaches from synthetic data. Further, advanced algorithms and high-performance implementations will be investigated, to achieve sufficiently large data sets.

Employment Details

Pay is standardised by the EU, and allows for comfortable living in Saarbrücken. Employment duration within PRIME is 36 months, and the start date can be anytime between October 1st, 2020, and September 30th, 2021. However, we prefer candidates to be available as soon as is practical: ideally, we would like to hire until March 2021 at the very latest.

About the research group

Our research group consists of the Agents and Simulated Reality research department at DFKI, and the Computer Graphics group at Saarland University, both led by Philipp Slusallek. We are doing research in computer graphics, high performance rendering, and their applications in artificial intelligence. Both our research group and our university are highly international.

Requirements

Formal Requirements
  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Physics or Engineering.
  • No Ph.D. degree1.
  • Less than 4 years of professional employment after obtaining your master’s degree 1
  • Less than 12 months of residency in Germany in the last 3 years 1
Technical Proficiency
  • Background in Computer Graphics, in particular in light transport simulation
  • Experience with Machine Learning
  • Solid working proficiency in writing, debugging and maintaining C/C++ code
Soft Skills Requirements
  • Fluent spoken and written English. Minimum proficiency level is B2, C1 is definitely preferred.
  • Self-reliant working style
  • Curious and ambitious personality.
  • Prior research and publication experience is considered a definite plus, but is not required.
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ESR 06

DFKI, Saarbrücken, Germany

This position has already been filled.

 

ESR 07

UCL, London, Great Britain

Hiring for ESR 07 is currently on hold. Please do NOT apply for this position.

 

ESR 08

UCL, London, Great Britain

This position has already been filled.

 

ESR09 - Modelling and predictive rendering of particulate materials

DTU, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

Topic Description

The ESR 09 PhD position within PRIME is about ​predictive rendering of powder materials (or, more generally, particulate materials). The task of ESR 09 will be to learn and model the distribution of particles in surfaces of particulate materials and estimate the reflectance properties of such surfaces based on light scattering by particles. This is an interesting research challenge because particles are currently considered independent scatterers in a volume, but in this project we will explore the surface reflectance properties of powder materials made of tightly packed particles. Our objective is appearance models that provide predictive rendering of particulate materials with relevance in 3D printing or other production. Parameters of the appearance models should be linked to relevant print/production parameters, so that the models are useful for rendering synthetic datasets for training neural networks to perform quality assurance tasks.

Employment Details

Pay is standardised by the EU, and​ allows for comfortable living as a student by local standards. Employment duration within PRIME is 36 months, and the start date can be anytime between October 1st, 2020, and September 30th, 2021. However, we prefer candidates to be available as soon as is practical: ideally, we would like to hire until​ May​ 2021 at the very latest.

About the research group

The Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at Technical University of Denmark hosts 11 research sections. In the Section for Image Analysis and Computer Graphics, we explore the interplay of vision, graphics, and geometry. The section roughly consists of 10 senior members of the department faculty, 25 PhD students, and 5 postdocs. The group of people is international and the work language is English. The section and the university offer many lab facilities for imaging, additive manufacturing, high-performance computing, and optical experiments. The department is an internationally unique academic environment spanning mathematics, statistics, and computer science and strives to achieve research excellence in these disciplines of formal science.

The main supervisor of this PhD project will be associate professor Jeppe Revall Frisvad who has been working with rendering and material appearance modelling for more than 10 years.

Requirements

Formal Requirements
  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Physics or Engineering.
  • No Ph.D. degree1.
  • Less than 4 years of professional employment after obtaining your master’s degree 1
  • Less than 12 months of residency in Denmark in the last 3 years 1
Technical Proficiency
  • Advanced knowledge in the field of computer graphics.
  • Foundations in calculus, optics/physics, and geometric modelling.
  • Strong programming skills.
  • Some experience with deep learning techniques.
Soft Skills Requirements
  • Fluent spoken and written English. Minimum proficiency level is B2, C1 is definitely preferred.
  • Self-reliant working style
  • Curious and ambitious personality.
  • Prior research and publication experience is considered a definite plus, but is not required.
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ESR10 - Material appearance specification and rendering using the BSSRDF

DTU, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

Topic Description

The ESR 10 PhD position within PRIME is about ​the global formulation of the appearance of an object in terms of a macroscopic scattering function (the BSSRDF), and the role that such functions can play in the specification of material appearance. There is currently no standardized way of specifying reflectance properties that include subsurface scattering. The BSSRDF is a general reflectance function including both in-surface and subsurface scattering of light. It is thus a good candidate for specifying product appearance, but it is also a function of high dimensionality, which makes it hard to find practical representations for the BSSRDF. Existing BSSRDF models are typically either impractical or limited in predictive quality. In this project, the ESR will explore the predictive quality of existing BSSRDF models and develop new BSSRDF models for practical, predictive appearance specification. This research includes development of practical techniques for rendering with the BSSRDF, and the models should be informed by the microgeometry of the materials that they can specify the appearance of.

Employment Details

Pay is standardised by the EU, and​ allows for comfortable living as a student by local standards. Employment duration within PRIME is 36 months, and the start date can be anytime between October 1st, 2020, and September 30th, 2021. However, we prefer candidates to be available as soon as is practical: ideally, we would like to hire until​ May​ 2021 at the very latest.

About the research group

The Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at Technical University of Denmark hosts 11 research sections. In the Section for Image Analysis and Computer Graphics, we explore the interplay of vision, graphics, and geometry. The section roughly consists of 10 senior members of the department faculty, 25 PhD students, and 5 postdocs. The group of people is international and the work language is English. The section and the university offer many lab facilities for imaging, additive manufacturing, high-performance computing, and optical experiments. The department is an internationally unique academic environment spanning mathematics, statistics, and computer science and strives to achieve research excellence in these disciplines of formal science.

The main supervisor of this PhD project will be associate professor Jeppe Revall Frisvad who has been working with rendering and material appearance modelling for more than 10 years.

Requirements

Formal Requirements
  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Physics or Engineering.
  • No Ph.D. degree1.
  • Less than 4 years of professional employment after obtaining your master’s degree 1
  • Less than 12 months of residency in Denmark in the last 3 years 1
Technical Proficiency
  • Advanced knowledge in the field of computer graphics.
  • Some experience with rendering, ray tracing in particular.
  • Foundations in calculus, optics/physics, and geometric modelling.
  • Strong programming skills.
Soft Skills Requirements
  • Fluent spoken and written English. Minimum proficiency level is B2, C1 is definitely preferred.
  • Self-reliant working style
  • Curious and ambitious personality.
  • Prior research and publication experience is considered a definite plus, but is not required.
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ESR 11

Linköping University, Sweden

This position has already been filled.

 

ESR 12

Linköping University, Sweden

This position has already been filled.

 

ESR13

University of Zaragoza, Spain

This position has already been filled.

 

ESR14

University of Zaragoza, Spain

This position has already been filled.

 

ESR15

Imperial College London, United Kingdom

This position has already been filled.

 

Footnotes:
  1. These are mobility and career stage rules mandated by the EU for ITN projects: the intended goal is to promote mobility of young researchers. In an ITN, hiring persons who have recently been a resident in the hiring country is not possible: nor is the hiring of researchers who are already too far along their career paths, or who already have a Ph.D.

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