[Comp-neuro] 2 year postdoc : Graph Signal Processing at IMT Atlantique

Nicolas Farrugia nicofarr09 at gmail.com
Tue Feb 27 12:02:06 CET 2018

IMT Atlantique has an opening for a fully-funded two-year postdoctoral
fellowship open immediately and starting no later than June 2018, to work
on Graph Signal Processing and potential applications to Neuroimaging.
The host team is Br.A.In. (Brain-inspired Artificial Intelligence
http://www.brain.bzh), and is in the Brest Campus.

The call for the position can be downloaded here :


Scientific context

Several application domains rely on multivariate spatiotemporal signals
such as transportation networks, energy network, social networks or neural
networks. Under the natural assumption that the signal properties are
related to the topology of the graph where they are supported, graph signal
processing (GSP) offers algorithms that fruitfully leverage this relational
structure, and can make inferences about these relationships when they are
only partially observed. Developing GSP tools specifically intended to
advance modeling and analytics of multivariate signals is a new, fertile
area of investigation.
In particular, the positionning of the Br.A.In. project regarding GSP is
targetted towards the following issues: (1) finding optimal graph
representations and adapting machine learning approaches accordingly, (2)
generalizing GSP approaches to dynamic graphs in order to fully capture the
spatiotemporal complexity of multivariate signals, and finally (3)
developing new approaches to enhance the understanding and interpretability
of machine learning and deep learning methods using metrics derived from

We are seeking a candidate that will contribute to our research effort on
GSP by proposing innovative theoretical approaches, or extensions to
existing approaches, related to at least one of the aforementioned issues.
Our main target application is the analysis, decoding and interpretability
of Neuroimaging data (Electroencephalography EEG or functional Magnetic
Resonance Imaging fMRI), but candidates with interest or background in
other application domains are encouraged to apply as well.

Details and requirements

The present postdoctoral fellowship is funded by the Sustainable
Attractivity Strategy of the Brittany Region, with the goal of attracting
high profile junior researchers from all over the world, offering
exceptional conditions for long-term academic development.

IMT Atlantique is a public technological university focusing on the
training of engineers at the MSc. level and junior researchers at the PhD
level. Being a technological university, IMT Atlantique benefits from a
advantageous status compared to french public universities. As such, we
offer very competitive salary packages, with postdoc wages corresponing to
a junior assistant professor level. Successful candidates will also
benefits from 49 annual paid holidays, as well as access to multiple
benefits from the institutions' union (such as campus activities or sea
In addition, living costs in the Brest bay area are exceptionally low, with
a high quality of life, and the Brest campus of IMT Atlantique is ideally
located at the sea front.

The position is open immediately and must start no later than June 2018,
for a duration of 24 months. The postdoc fellowship is accompanied with
overheads for travel expenses covering (a) the participation to
international conferences, (b) article processing charges for open-access
publications and (c) acquisition of a computation server dedicated to the
postdoc project. The postdoc fellowship will be fully devoted to his
research projects, and may optionally (but will not be required to)
contribute to teaching activities in machine learning, computer science,
signal processing or electronical engineering.

Candidates must have defended a Ph.D. related to machine learning or
computer science, or signal/image processing. Candidates with a PhD in
neuroimaging with solid programming skills and a strong interest for
machine learning are also welcome to apply. An additional requirement
pertains to the attractivity strategy related to the regional funding; in
order to attract international applications, candidates must have spent a
minimum 12 months outside France after June 2014.

Please send your CV, contacts for two references, as well as a cover letter
to nicolas.farrugia at imt-atlantique.fr .

Nicolas Farrugia
Associate professor
IMT Atlantique - Department of electronics
+33 (0) 2 29 00 16 53
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