[Comp-neuro] Two Research (PhD) Positions in Machine Learning Theory and Applications - Oldenburg University, Germany

Jörg Lücke joerg.luecke at uni-oldenburg.de
Fri Jul 10 09:50:46 CEST 2020

The Machine Learning Lab at the University of Oldenburg, Germany, is 
seeking to fill two positions for doctoral researchers

Our Machine Learning Lab conducts mathematically grounded research on 
novel approaches in Machine Learning with a focus on probabilistic 
generative approaches including deep generative models. Examples are 
deep variational autoencoders, deep mixture models, and Bayesian 
networks. Our research projects are conducted in collaboration with 
leading international labs, and we publish in leading international 
journals and present on leading conferences.

Our interests are in understanding methods and in developing novel 
approaches to solve difficult problems in Machine Learning. We are 
interested in problems with strong data corruptions, strong noise and in 
problems with few data or few labels. Furthermore, we are in general 
interested in the development of novel approaches that significantly 
improve learning efficiency (with applications to Big Data). At the same 
time, we model neural information processing using Machine Learning 
models in order to understand the nature of biological intelligence.

The two positions will both allow for basic research, and they will both 
allow for applications to data for tasks such as data enhancement 
(denoising, inpainting, deblurring), unsupervised and semi-supervised 
learning, super-resolution, outlier detection etc. Part of one position 
has a focus on addressing such tasks for medical data.

Ideal candidates have a strong background in a theoretical subject 
and/or a high interest in further advancing Machine Learning methods 
such as variational optimization. Example degrees that qualify for the 
positions are degrees in Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, in the Data 
Sciences or degrees of related disciplines. Strong programming skills 
are a big plus. Candidates have to hold a MSc degree or have to be 
sufficiently close to obtaining one. Interested researchers are invited 
to apply for both positions simultaneously (please indicate in the cover 

This is an informal description of the positions. The only officially 
relevant descriptions can be found here (please follow the instructions 



Both positions are funded for 2.5 / 3 years with an intention for 

Oldenburg is a nice and affordable place to live, and is located within 
40mins travel time of the North Sea coast. It is part of the 
Bremen/Oldenburg metropolitan region of Germany with close cultural and 
academic links to Dutch cities like Groningen across the German/Dutch 

The application deadline for the positions is July 19, 2020.

Prof. Dr. Jörg Lücke
Leiter Abteilung Machine Learning
Department für Medizinische Physik und Akustik
Fakultät für Medizin und Gesundheitswissenschaften
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
D-26111 Oldenburg


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