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The Intelligent Vehicles (IV) group at TU Delft (*) is seeking a PhD candidate with an interest in performing cutting edge research in the area of environment perception for self-driving vehicles. This PhD position is part of a new EU project EVENTS (ReliablE in-Vehicle pErception and decisioN-making in complex environmenTal conditionS) containing several automotive industry and research partners across Europe.
The PhD position addresses multi-modal environment perception (i.e. vision, radar, LiDAR sensing) in urban traffic scenarios, with a focus on Vulnerable Road Users (pedestrian, cyclists and other riders). Several interesting research directions are possible - the use of machine learning / deep learning techniques is omnipresent. One possible direction addresses "data efficiency" and the shortcomings of current supervised learning approaches, which require lots of (costly manually) annotated training data. Unsupervised/semi/self-supervised learning, auto-annotation, and domain adaptation techniques are avenues of interest. Other possible directions involve novel models for 3D semantic scene analysis and road user motion prediction.
* Further information about the IV group is available at
Applicants should have (or soon expect) a Master Degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Computer Science, Electrical/Mechanical Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics). They should have a strong academic record with a solid background in computation, sensor processing (e.g. computer vision), machine learning and AI. Good programming skills are expected, preferably in C++ and/or Python. Knowledge of deep-learning frameworks (TensorFlow/PyTorch/Keras/Caffe) and OpenCV/ROS/CUDA is a plus. A certain affinity towards turning complex concepts into real-world practice (i.e. vehicle prototype) is desired. Applicant(s) are expected to be able to act independently as well as to collaborate effectively with members of a larger team. Good English skills are required.
Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.
Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.
Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2443 per month in the first year to € 3122 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.
The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.
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