Three PhD fellowships in exoplanet imaging and machine learning

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Monday, June 10, 2019
Archive Date: 
Monday, July 22, 2019
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Pre-doctoral/Graduate Positions
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Institution/Company: 
University of Liège
Department Name: 
STAR Institute
Street Line 1: 
19c allée du Six Août
City: 
Liège
State/Province: 
Liège
Zip/Postal: 
4000
Country: 
Belgium
Announcement
Job Announcement Text: 

The STAR Institute and the Montefiore Institute of the University of Liège jointly invite applications for 3 PhD positions in the fields of machine learning and stellar coronagraphy, with applications in exoplanet imaging. These positions are open within the context of an ERC Consolidator Grant and of a ULiège-funded ARC grant, both starting in 2019. The proposed research subjects are the following:

1. Development of next-generation vortex coronagraphs
2. Application of deep learning techniques to exoplanet imaging
3. Development of focal-plane wavefront sensing techniques using machine learning

They are described in more detail here: https://sites.google.com/site/olivierabsil/research/epic-nnexi

We seek excellent students with strong background in physical, engineering, and/or computer sciences. A successful candidate must hold a Masters degree or equivalent by the starting date of the position. Previous research experience and skills will be important criteria for the selection. Strong collaboration spirit and good communication skills in oral and written English are required. The PhD positions are not restricted by nationality. PhD students are funded for four years, earn competitive salaries, and are eligible for social security benefits.

Applicants should send a CV, transcripts of study records (with grades), and a brief statement of past research and research interests to Dr Olivier Absil (olivier.absil@uliege.be). They should also arrange for two reference letters to be sent to this address by the application deadline. Applicants may apply to one, two or three of the proposed positions at a time. In case of an application to more than one position, applicants are kindly asked to rank the positions by order of preference. The applications are to be written in English.

Informal enquiries about these positions are welcome and should be sent to the address provided above. Starting dates are expected to be in September/October 2019, but are negotiable. Complete applications received by 15 July 2019 will receive full consideration. Candidates who submit complete applications before that date may be contacted earlier. Selections of candidates will continue until all positions are filled.

For more information, please contact Dr Olivier Absil, coordinator of the ERC/ARC projects.

Included Benefits: 

The positions come with full benefits (incl. social security) and a competitive salary.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, July 15, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, August 30, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Attention To: 
Olivier Absil
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Dr
Institution/Company: 
University of Liège
Department Name: 
STAR Institute
Country: 
Belgium
Phone: 
+3243669724
Email: 
olivier.absil@uliege.be
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Olivier Absil
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PhD fellowships in exoplanet imaging and machine learning
Email: 
olivier.absil@uliege.be