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Naturalis is looking for Postdoctoral Fellows in AI for Biodiversity Monitoring. We have two positions available, as part of projects funded by Horizon Europe. At Naturalis, you will work in a team with experts in both AI and biodiversity, and you will also collaborate with project partners in other European institutions.
Machine learning ("AI") automatic recognition has a huge potential for large-scale biodiversity monitoring. In this project you will work on creating algorithms that perform highly accurate recognition in the wild, across a wide range of species of European importance (such as birds, bats, pollinators, molluscs, indicator species, invasive alien species), across multiple countries and habitats. You will implement and validate algorithms for high accuracy, robustness and generality, focussing on the species and habitats identified as important by our consortium. You will co-curate audio/image datasets from collections and other media, for robust algorithm training and validation. You will work with software developers and IT staff to deploy these algorithms as live services.
You may specialise in images, or sounds, or both, according to the mix of skills in the team and the demands of the project.
The work will be carried out in the Evolutionary Ecology research group, which focuses on contemporary evolution. Its 6 principal investigators, 2 postdocs and 4 PhD students all study how man-made environments create selective landscapes that invoke adaptations of wild animals and plants.
Essential knowledge, skills and experience:
Desirable knowledge, skills and experience:
* We will take your application into consideration if you are close to finishing your PhD (which means your PhD defence is scheduled within three months after the starting date).
Fixed-term contract: 1 year with possibility of extension.
A contract (36 hours per week) for a period of one year, with the intention to be extended with one and potentially two more years after a successful first year evaluation, and a monthly salary between € 3,208.- and € 4,738,- (depending on relevant experience). The planned start date is November 1st 2022.
The successful candidate will be employed by Naturalis in Leiden and benefit from our inspiring working atmosphere, as well as the buzzing scientific atmosphere of Leiden. Our Research Coordination Office also provides ample support to our scientific staff.
Our institute promotes gender equality and wants to enhance the diversity of staff members.
Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden is the Dutch national research institute for biodiversity and systematics. With our collection of 42 million specimens, one of the world's largest natural history collections, and our state-of-the-art research facilities we offer the (inter)national research infrastructure for species, identification and monitoring (for example in the projects ARISE, DiSSCo and Xeno Canto). We run nature identification services processing many millions of images/month for users including citizens and regional government agencies. We closely collaborate with many Dutch universities, research institutes, industry, and government. We host over 120 researchers including 14 academia embedded professors and 40 PhD students. We present the history of our planet, and the diversity of life on Earth, through permanent and temporary museum exhibitions, educational programmes, and online presence, with more than 400,000 visitors per year. All in all, a unique combination of science and culture in the Netherlands and elsewhere in the world!
The research department is organised in 7 research groups comprising researchers and their postdocs and PhD-students. Naturalis has a completely new lab building, including state-of-the-art molecular facilities, microCT scanners and electron microscopy (SEM and TEM).
Darwinweg 2, 2333 CR, Leiden
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