Computer vision and machine learning for Ocean Worlds exploration
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The Computer Vision Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, is looking for a postdoc to develop models the 3D geometry, appearance and chemical/biological composition of underwater hydrothermal vents. NASA and JPL are developing means of sampling, reconstructing and modeling seafloor hydrothermal vents, in order to prepare for future subsurface missions to Jupiter and Saturn's moons Europa and Enceladus. We are preparing to deploy a sensor package to study hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, with instruments that reveal vent structure and chemical/biological composition. This position will support (1) the acquisition of data issued by the package, and its aggregation into a 3D spatial map, (2) the development of a cross-modal vent composition model that guides vent exploration and facilitates data visualization, and (3) data curation and publication. Drs. Renaud Detry and Laurie Barge (co-advisor) will serve as the postdoctoral advisors. The appointee will carry out research in collaboration with the JPL advisors, resulting in publications in the open literature. The position is available immediately, and will remain open until filled.
Candidates must have a practical *and theoretical* understanding of classical ML (graphical models, dimensionality reduction, clustering, classification), familiarity with the basics of machine vision, and fluency in state-of-the-art deep learning models. The successful candidate will have a recent PhD in Engineering, Physics, Math, Computer Science or a related field, and fluency in C++ and in Python. This offer is not restricted to U.S. citizens.
Applicants should submit:
- a curriculum vitae (including publications)
- contact information for at least three referees
- date of availability
- (if available) a link to a code versioning account such as GitHub.com, illustrating past programming projects
Candidates who have received their PhD within the past five years since the date of their application are eligible. Postdoctoral Scholar positions are awarded for a minimum of one-year period and may be renewed up to a maximum duration of three years.
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