PhD position on Machine and Transfer Learning under Distribution Shifts for Agricultural Applications and Food Security

Wageningen University & Research

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2 Dec 2023
Job Information

Organisation/Company
Wageningen University & Research
Research Field
Agricultural sciences
Researcher Profile
First Stage Researcher (R1)
Country
Netherlands
Application Deadline
27 Dec 2023 – 23:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract
Temporary
Job Status
Not Applicable
Hours Per Week
38.0
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?
No

Offer Description

The Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing (GRS) at Wageningen University and Research is looking for an aspiring PhD to develop modern machine learning methodologies around deep learning towards artificial intelligence for agricultural applications and food security questions. Currently established deep learning models often fail unexpectedly when tested with data that is different from their training setting, even in subtle ways.

In this project, you will advance this research field by investigating how to develop and design dynamic deep learning models that benefit from multi-model heterogeneous data for several agriculturally highly relevant problems like crop type classification, crop yield prediction, field boundary delineation, disease and anomaly detection, and the data-driven integration of environmental covariates and machining practices in current models.

The research builds upon recent advancements in self-supervised, contrastive, and transfer learning, and it involves designing and evaluating model architectures for image and time series data. Processing and integrating remote sensing and satellite data alongside other relevant data modalities also will be key to the research objective of developing dynamic and intelligent systems that provide further insight into modern agricultural applications and food security problems.

You will work together with an interdisciplinary and international team of experts in deep learning, artificial intelligence, remote sensing, crop modelling and food security, within the AgrifoodTEF project.

You will work here
The research is hosted within the Laboratory for Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing , and Wageningen Data Competence Center. You will be co-supervised by prof. dr. Ioannis Athanasiadis and Assistant prof dr. Marc Rußwurm

Requirements
Specific Requirements

You have:

  • a M.Sc. degree in artificial intelligence, computer science, environmental or agricultural science, remote sensing, geodesy, or a similar relevant field;
  • demonstrated experience in applied machine learning, preferably in remote sensing or agricultural applications;
  • proficiency in programming in Python and experience in Pytorch, Scikit-Learn or related modern machine learning libraries;
  • an understanding of machine learning principles and concepts;
  • a high motivation, self-driven curiosity alongside enthusiasm to work in a highly dynamic team towards a common objective.

Candidates should meet all the entry requirements of the WUR PE&RC PhD programme .

The position is available from February 2024 with a duration of four years. A later start is possible, but later than September 1st, 2024. Mention clearly in your application letter since when you are available.

Additional Information
Benefits

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment . A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation hours by working more, per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will receive a fully funded PhD position and you will be offered a course program tailored to your needs and the research team. The gross salary for the first year is € 2.770,- per month rising to € 3.539,- in the fourth year in according to the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale P). This is based on a full working week of 38 hours. We offer a temporary contract for 18 months which will be extended for the project’s duration (4 years total) if performance is sufficient.There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the “ Best University ” in the Netherlands for the 18th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees.

Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research’s International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling. For instance under the “30% rule”, certain categories of international staff can receive tax exemption on approximately 30% of their gross salary.

Selection process

For more information about the position, please contact prof. dr. Ioannis Athanasiadis, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, by email: [email protected] or assistant prof. dr. Marc Rußwurm, Machine Learning for Remote Sensing, by email: [email protected]

To learn more about the procedure you can contact Noorien Abbas, corporate recruiter, by email: [email protected]

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.

When applying please upload your motivation letter (max 1 page) and CV including the names of three references. In addition, please upload a maximum 4 page text that you have written individually which demonstrates your writing skills (e.g. section of your thesis, individual course assignment, paper).

This vacancy will be listed up to and including 27 December 2023. First job interviews will be planned for 9 -10 January 2024.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment

Additional comments

For more information about the position, please contact prof. dr. Ioannis Athanasiadis, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, by email: [email protected] or assistant prof. dr. Marc Rußwurm, Machine Learning for Remote Sensing, by email: [email protected]

To learn more about the procedure you can contact Noorien Abbas, corporate recruiter, by email: [email protected]

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.

When applying please upload your motivation letter (max 1 page) and CV including the names of three references. In addition, please upload a maximum 4 page text that you have written individually which demonstrates your writing skills (e.g. section of your thesis, individual course assignment, paper).

This vacancy will be listed up to and including 27 December 2023. First job interviews will be planned for 9 -10 January 2024.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment

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Number of offers available
1
Company/Institute
Wageningen University & Research
Country
Netherlands
City
Wageningen
Postal Code
6708 PB
Street
Droevendaalsesteeg

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City
Wageningen
Website
http://www.wageningenur.nl
Street
Droevendaalsesteeg
Postal Code
6708 PB

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