PhD Candidate in Computer Vision

Published October 25, 2022
Location Gjøvik, Norway
Category Computer Vision  
Job Type Scholarship  


About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD candidate in Computer Vision, at the Department of Computer Science, funded by the NTNU Digital  programme.

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

In computer vision, the measurement of object similarity is the key ingredient for operations such as object recognition, detection and retrieval. As objects are commonly represented by proxies called object descriptors, similarity evaluation is based on designing robust and accurate object descriptors and good distance functions between such descriptors. State-of-the-art 3D object descriptors are mainly concerned with object shape. We argue that in order to globally address the above operations, one must consider both shape and spectral information conjointly, and in order to do so new descriptors and distance functions are needed. The challenging fundamental computer science research required for this will subsequently enable applications in a broad range of fields, such as cultural heritage (e.g. reassembly from fragments, erosion measurement), medicine (e.g. pathological object detection), and autonomous vehicles (object detection and tracking for navigation).

We believe that by integrating the shape and spectral descriptors, building on our state-of-the-art previous work in each of them, we can achieve significant progress in the following key objectives:

  • Develop novel spectral + shape descriptors and distance functions.

  • Validate these using appropriate data sets.

  • Apply them in areas such as estimating the degradation of cultural heritage objects, and reassembling cultural heritage objects from fragments.

Further specification of the topic and project plan will be done in collaboration between the selected candidate and the PhD supervisors, Prof. Jon Y. Hardeberg and Prof. Theoharis Theoharis.

The main place of work for the position is the Colourlab in Gjøvik, but significant periods of time will also be spent at the Visual Computing Lab in Trondheim.

Your immediate leader is Head of Department.

Duties of the position

  • The PhD candidate will focus on conducting research in computer vision, particularly on developing and applying new object descriptors and distance functions.

  • Participate in the general activities of the Colourlab, Visual Computing lab, and the Department of Computer Science in general.

  • Participate in international activities such as conference attendance and research stays at research institutions abroad.

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in computer vision, image processing, and color imaging.

  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level.

  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale . If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.

  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the facultys doctoral programme .

  • Documented very good written and oral English language skills.

  • Very good programming skills.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with  Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant

Preferred selection criteria

  • Knowledge and experience with color, spectral and 3d imaging.

  • Experience working in an interdisciplinary and international research environment.

Personal characteristics

  • High motivation for research work.

  • Well organized.

  • Ability to work both independently and in a (virtual) team environment with a high level of personal responsibility and initiative.

  • Flexibility and ability to take direction and accommodate feedback from diverse stakeholders.

  • Ability to meet deadlines and produce work of a consistently high standard.

  • Eager to disseminate research results through publications and presentations at international conferences, and through other venues of scientific communication.

  • Ability to think and code creatively and outside the box.

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 501 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Computer Science  within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants , and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. The research on Computer Vision at NTNU has civilian objectives. The candidate is required to work with technologies regulated by export control laws. Candidates that might conflict with this requirement will not be evaluated.

After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

The application must include (incomplete applications will be discarded):

  • CV, certificates and diplomas.

  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees.

  • A copy of the master's thesis.

  • A project proposal (2-3 pages) where you outline the main research direction you would like to take.

  • Name and address of three referees.

  • If applicable; publications or other relevant research work.

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here . If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees’ needs.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.

The city of Gjøvik has a population of 30 000 and is a town known for its rich music and cultural life. The beautiful nature surrounding the city is ideal for an active outdoor life! The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation . You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Jon Yngve Hardeberg, email: . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact the HR-team at the Department of Computer Science, e-mail: .

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.

Application deadline: 04.11.22

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Department of Computer Science

We are the leading academic IT environment in Norway, and offer a wide range of theoretical and applied IT programmes of study at all levels. Our subject areas include hardware, algorithms, visual computing, AI, databases, software engineering, information systems, learning technology, HCI, CSCW, IT operations and applied data processing. The Department has groups in both Trondheim and Gjøvik. The Department of Computer Science  is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering  .

Deadline 4th November 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technolog
Municipality Gjøvik
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Campus Gjøvik