Post-doctoral expert in Computer Vision / Biological Image Analysis / Pattern Recognition

Post-doctoral expert in Computer Vision / Biological Image Analysis / Pattern Recognition

Posted by Rebecca Martin on Mon, 06/01/2014 - 09:03

Post-doctoral expert in Computer Vision / Biological Image Analysis / Pattern Recognition

Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

fixed term up to 36 months

Dr Thomas Ploetz (Newcastle University;
Prof. Stephen McKenna (University of Dundee;

Within a recently awarded multi-disciplinary research project a team of computing scientists and veterinarians is looking into image based, automatic detection of health challenges in farm animals. The focus of this collaboration between academia and industry is on detecting and classifying pathologies in automatically captured images of animal tissue.

We are looking for a highly-motivated, post-doctoral expert in computer vision / biological image analysis to join the team.

You will work with internationally recognised research groups to develop innovative computer vision / image analysis algorithms and software for segmentation and recognition of pathologies in images of animal tissue.

You will collaborate with industrial partners, computer vision and pattern recognition researchers, and other disciplines (primarily veterinary science and agriculture) as part of a major project funded by a UK Research Council (BBSRC) and the Technology Strategy Board.

As well as contributing to project deliverables, organisation, reporting and meetings, you will be expected to publish in top-tier venues.

There is a strong possibility that you will see the technology developed in this project applied in a real-world food safety setting, as the project has an identified exploitation route.

The team consists of internationally leading organisations from the food processing industry, and experts from academia (Newcastle University, UK, and University of Dundee, UK) who work in agriculture, and computer vision / pattern recognition.

You will have a PhD (or be near completion) related to computer vision / biological image analysis and an outstanding publication track record in internationally leading venues. You will have expert-level knowledge of state-of-the-art computer vision, statistical pattern recognition and machine learning techniques. We seek applicants who are highly motivated to conduct research within a multidisciplinary academia-industry consortium.

The successful candidate will have strong mathematical and software development skills, good verbal communication and technical writing skills, and an ability to work to deadlines.

This post is fixed term for up to 36 months. For informal enquiries please contact Dr Thomas Ploetz (Newcastle University; Thomas.ploetz(at) and/or Prof. Stephen McKenna (University of Dundee; stephen(at)

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