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3-year postdoc position in machine learning with Prof. Laurenz Wiskott at the Institute for Neural Computation in Bochum, Germany Theory of Neural Systems

Job Description

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Open position for a Postdoc with
Prof. Laurenz Wiskott at the
Institute for Neural Computation, Bochum, Germany

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University:

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of the leading research universities. The
university draws its strengths from both the diversity and the proximity of scientific
and engineering disciplines on a single, coherent campus. This highly dynamic setting
enables students and researchers to work across traditional boundaries of academic
subjects and faculties.


Institute:

Institute for Neural Computation
Ruhr-University Bochum
Universitaetsstr. 150
D-44801 Bochum, Germany, EU

The Institute for Neural Computation is a central research institute at the
Ruhr-University Bochum, see https://www.ini.rub.de/. It focuses on the dynamics and
learning of perception and behavior on a functional level but is otherwise very
diverse, ranging from neurophysiology and psychophysics over computational
neuroscience to machine learning and technical applications.

Chair:

Prof. Dr. Laurenz Wiskott, see https://www.ini.rub.de/research/groups/theory_of_neural_systems/

Research topics:

We are looking for an outstanding post-doctoral researcher to work at the intersection
of model-based reinforcement learning and representation learning, e.g. for navigation
and action planing in video game environments. It is envisaged that the postdoc
builds up his/her own independent research agenda including grant proposals but
maintains close interaction with the groups by Prof. Tobias Glasmachers and
Prof. Laurenz Wiskott.

Teaching:

There is a teaching load of 4 hours per week during the semester.

Time:

The appointment will be for three years and can be extended if successful.
Anticipated starting date is July 1st.

Requirements:

Candidates should have a recent and excellent PhD in machine learning or a related
field with a focus on representation learning and/or reinforcement learning.

Salary:

Salary is 100% of salary scale TV-L E13.

Inquiries:

Informal inquiries can be addressed to Prof. Laurenz Wiskott <laurenz.wiskott@rub.de>.

Application:

Applications (CV, transcript of records for MSc and BSc, statement of purpose) should
be sent as a single pdf file to Prof. Laurenz Wiskott <laurenz.wiskott@rub.de>.

Ruhr-University Bochum is committed to equal opportunity in employment and gender
equality in its working environment. We therefore look forward to applications from
qualified women. Applications from appropriately qualified handicapped persons are
also encouraged.


Ruhr University Bochum is committed to equal opportunity in employment and gender equality in its working environment. To increase gender distribution in all job categories and at all levels, we strongly encourage applications from qualified women. Female applicants will be given preferential consideration when their level of qualification, competence and professional achievements equals that of male candidates, unless arguments based on the personal background of a male co-applicant prevail. Applications from appropriately qualified handicapped persons are also encouraged.

The Institut für Neuroinformatik (INI) is a central research unit of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. We aim to understand the fundamental principles through which organisms generate behavior and cognition while linked to their environments through sensory systems and while acting in those environments through effector systems. Inspired by our insights into such natural cognitive systems, we seek new solutions to problems of information processing in artificial cognitive systems. We draw from a variety of disciplines that include experimental approaches from psychology and neurophysiology as well as theoretical approaches from physics, mathematics, electrical engineering and applied computer science, in particular machine learning, artificial intelligence, and computer vision.

Universitätsstr. 150, Building NB, Room 3/32
D-44801 Bochum, Germany

Tel: (+49) 234 32-28967
Fax: (+49) 234 32-14210