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Are you an enthusiastic researcher with a completed master's degree and programming skills? Would you like to develop deep learning algorithms to understand animal sounds? To collaborate with AI and biodiversity experts, as part of a team and with partners in many European countries?
PhD position: “Massively multi-task deep learning for wildlife sound monitoring”
We are now looking for PhD Doctoral Candidates in Bioacoustic AI. We have ten fully-funded positions available, within a prestigious EU funded project that reaches across Europe (https://bioacousticai.eu/). As a PhD candidate you will be based at Tilburg University, and you will work on your project in teamwork with experts in both AI and ecology/zoology. You will also collaborate with project partners in other European institutions, including extended research visits for in-depth collaborations.
About the project
This PhD project concerns “Massively multi-task deep learning for wildlife sound monitoring”. New results in AI for text, images and speech find that massively multi-task learning, i.e. training a model on many loosely-related objectives, can lead to “emergent” highly robust and flexible AI. This project aims to apply this to animal sound, to address the many difficult inference problems we face in acoustic surveying.
In this project, you will:
General requirements and skills
Essential knowledge, skills and experience:
Desirable knowledge, skills and experience:
Eligibility requirements: Candidates can be of any nationality. You must fulfil the EU’s “mobility rule” for this funding scheme, which means you should not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the PhD host country for more than 12 months during the 36 months prior to starting the PhD. You must not already have a doctoral degree. You must also be eligible to work according to your host country’s regulations (e.g. visa requirements), and also to travel/work to other European countries for collaborations and workshops.
The PhD is planned to begin in Jan/Feb/Mar 2024.
The funded positions include a monthly full-time gross salary of €2.770 (first year) - €3.539 (fourth year), plus allowances for family/special needs if required, under the terms of EU MSCA funding.
Research and education at the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD) has a unique focus on humans in the context of the globalizing digital society, on the development of artificial intelligence and interactive technologies, on their impact on communication, culture and society, and on moral and existential challenges that arise. The School of Humanities and Digital Sciences consists of four departments: Communication and Cognition, Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Culture Studies and Philosophy; several research institutes and a faculty office. Also the University College Tilburg is part of the School. Each year around 275 students commence a Bachelor or (Pre) Master Program. The School has approximately 2000 students and 250 employees.
Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
Warandelaan 2, 5037 AB, Tilburg
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