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PhD Scholarship in Machine Learning for Denish Students at University of Coperhagen

PhD Scholarship in Machine Learning
The Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark (DIKU) invites applications for a fully funded PhD Scholarship within large-scale machine learning for medical image analysis.

The study is part of the project “Personalized Breast Cancer Screening” which is undertaken by a consortium consisting of Department of Computer Science and Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen; Mammography Screening Programme, Capitol Region of Denmark; Biomediq A/S.

The overall scientific idea of the project is to develop improved risk models that quantify women´s long and short-term risk of breast cancer using novel measures of mammographic texture, density, breast stiffness, and already established breast cancer risk factors. Further, to mature the underlying image analysis and machine learning algorithms to enable analysis and modelling of massive amounts of data. Within the project, the PhD student is supposed to develop and implement large-scale machine learning and image analysis techniques for the processing of mammographies.

About DIKU
Founded in 1970, DIKU is located close to the center of Copenhagen, which has consistently been rated one of the most livable cities in the world. The Image Group at the Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen is mainly doing research in the fields of Image Processing, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Robotics, Statistics and Computer Graphics. The Image Group currently consists of 29 researchers representing 9 nationalities. Further information about the Image Group is available from

About the scholarship
The scholarship is funded by the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation. The PhD project will be carried out in the Image Group at DIKU, in formal cooperation with the project partners and a number of collaborating research groups throughout the world.

The salary and appointment terms are according to the agreement for PhD scholarships as of 1 April 2012, according to which the monthly salary amounts to approximately EUR 3,700 including pension savings. Each scholarship requires a Master´s degree in computer science or in a related field providing equivalent qualifications (see below), at the time of taking up the position. The scholarships can be commenced as of 1 September 2012, or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointment is for a period of 3 years and is expected to lead to a PhD dissertation.

The applicant should have:

An MSc in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics or Mathematics
An MSc thesis within Machine Learning and/or Image Analysis
Excellent programming skills, experience in generic programming with C++ is mandatory, knowledge in MATLAB is desirable
Knowledge in parallelization of algorithms
A solid background in mathematics and/or statistics
A wish to combine theoretical method development with practical experiments
Courage to work together with industrial oriented people, and to spend part of the project time with the project partners.

Enquiries about the position can be made to Professor Christian Igel, Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, e-mail:, phone: +45 2184 9673.

Submission of Applications
Applicants are requested to submit their application by using the link below. The application deadline is 15 August 2012 at 23:59, CEST (UTC+2). Applications or supplementary material received thereafter will not be considered, unless explicitly requested by the evaluation committee.

The application must contain:

Curriculum vitae
Letter of motivation, including specific ideas and proposals for research work to be undertaken as part of the PhD project
Copies of degree certificates and transcripts of university examinations, covering both Bachelor´s and Master´s studies
Copy of TOEFL or IETS test results and certificates (for non-EU/non-EEA nationals who do not have English as their native language)
Copies of scientific publications (if any), including the Master´s thesis. If thesis work is still in progress at the time of application, a draft or a 1-2 page synopsis should be enclosed instead
Contact details for 2 persons for scientific references

The copies of transcripts should preferably be in English or Danish. They need not be notarized. However, any offer made will be contingent upon verification of academic qualifications to become effective, e.g. by notarized translation into English or Danish.

The University of Copenhagen wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society at large and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of nationality, gender, marital status, race, personal beliefs, etc.

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Founded in 1479, the University of Copenhagen is the oldest university in Denmark. With 37,000 students and 9,000 employees, it is among the largest universities in Scandinavia and one of the highest ranking in Europe. The University consists of six faculties, which cover Health and Medical Sciences, Humanities, Law, Science, Social Sciences and Theology.
Frist: 15-08-2012
Arbejdsgiver: Det Naturvidenskabelige Fakultet

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