Post-doctoral researcher to work on image based analysis of plant growth

The Australian Centre for Visual Technologies seeks a post-doctoral researcher to work on image based analysis of plant growth. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work with the large team of researchers in Adelaide where ACVT is based, as well as with the multi-national Bayer AG who is the industrial partner on the project.

The project involves analysis of images of growing plants taken at set intervals in a structured environment. Our goal is to measure and track all vital statistics of the plant automatically from the images. This requires estimating not only the 3D shape of the plant but also its internal “skeleton” and structure. Because it will be applied to basic food crops, analysis of these measurements has the potential to improve their yield and thus the nutrition of billions who depend upon them.

Shape and structure analysis from images is currently an open research problem, particularly for complex organic structures such as plants. We anticipate that work in this direction will lead to several publications in top ranked outlets.

Duration: 2 years initially, but with the option to extend

The Australian Centre for Visual Technologies (ACVT), located at the University of Adelaide, is the largest computer vision and machine learning research groups in Australia. Based in Adelaide, we currently number over 50 members including academics, research staff and students. We work on a mixture of fundamental and commercially oriented research projects in computer vision and machine learning, and have a strong track record of publication in the top venues.

Each successful applicant must have:

– a PhD in a relevant discipline

– a background in computer vision, machine learning, or both

– experience in C++, Python and/or Matlab

– a good publication record commensurate with experience

– fluency in written and spoken English

– the ability to work individually and as a member of a broader team

Salary: University Level B (AU$83,620 – 93,027 depending on qualifications), plus benefits. Some funding for relocation may be available. The ACVT has a generous conference attendance funding scheme for papers accepted to the major conferences.

The closing date for applications is 11:59 PM 19th September, 2014, Australian Central Standard Time (UTC+9.30). Please be sure to include in your application a full CV (including a publication list and statement of research expertise and interests) and the names of two referees.

Please email any queries and/or applications to: Mr Ian Will,, quoting reference number A02156.

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