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The Department of Computer Science has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral position in manuscript imaging

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    NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    Computer scienceOther
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    15/03/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › Gjøvik


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About the position

We have a vacancy for a 100% position as postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Computer Science. The position will be hosted by the Norwegian Colour and Visual Computing Laboratory (Colourlab) (http://www.colourlab.no), Gjøvik, and financed under the project “The Lying Pen of Scribes: Manuscript Forgeries, Digital Imaging, and Critical Provenance Research” (Lying Pen).

The Lying Pen project is funded by a FRIPRO Toppforsk-grant from the Research Council of Norway (2019-24), hosted by the University of Agder (UiA), and chaired by Professor Årstein Justnes. In this project, an interdisciplinary team of researchers at UiA, NLA University College, MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion, and Society, and NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology will work together to produce a comprehensive resource of data, methods, and procedures for the interdisciplinary analysis of Hebrew and Aramaic Dead Sea Scrolls manuscripts and fragments through a combination of physical analyses, digital imaging, machine learning, study of scribal practices and media, and provenance research. See https://lyingpen.uia.no for more information about the project.

The position of postdoctoral researcher is a fixed-term position with the primary objective of qualifying for work in top academic posts. The position represents an excellent opportunity for an individual to develop his/her career and contribute to the further development of the field.

We encourage female researchers to apply for the position.


The position reports to the Head of Department.

Main duties and responsibilities

The selected candidate will work primarily on formulating and developing imaging and image processing methodologies that will allow to analyse ancient manuscripts, with regards to material properties and content, [ÅJ1] under the supervision of Dr. Sony George and Prof. Jon Y. Hardeberg. Additionally he or she will work in close collaboration with another postdoctoral researcher employed at the University of Agder, who will be an expert in digital humanities and manuscript studies, as well as with other members of the Lying Pen project. The exact research focus and detailed plan will be developed by the selected candidate after starting, together with his/her supervisors and other project members.

The selected candidate is expected to ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times, to maintain accurate and complete records of all findings and to assist with the writing of reports to the Research Council of Norway.

The position will include a significant amount of mobility, particularly visits to other project partners in Norway, but also potentially to work with imaging and analysis of ancient manuscripts on site in various locations internationally.

The appointment is for 3 years, or 4 years with teaching duties. In the case of employment in a 4 year contract with teaching duties, various tasks related to teaching, supervision, and administration, in relation to the various study programmes at the Department of Computer Science, may be included, depending on the qualifications of the candidate and needs of the department.


Qualification requirements

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. Completion of a Norwegian doctoral degree in computer science, electrical engineering, imaging, physics, or a closely related subject,  or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, postdoctor and research assistant

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

Required qualifications:

  • Experience with scientific analysis of cultural heritage objects, especially manuscripts
  • Experience with spectral imaging and advanced image analysis
  • Good programming skills
  • Demonstrated ability to publish in recognized international research conferences and journals
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a multidisciplinary, international, and distributed environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English


Desired qualifications:

  • Experience with ENVI
  • Proficiency in Matlab, Python, or a similar programming environment
  • International work experience
  • Experience with machine learning
  • Experience with writing grant proposals
  • Strong motivation to work with ancient manuscripts
  • Experience with teaching and supervision

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

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Salary and conditions


Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 523 200 per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years (with the possibility to extend to 4 years with 25%  teaching duties).

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criterias in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment the candidate must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

The national labour force must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent. NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are encouraged to apply.

Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Sony George, e-mail; sony.george@ntnu.no, or Professor Marius Pedersen, phone number +47 61 13 52 27, e-mail marius.pedersen@ntnu.no.


About the application:

Applicants should submit these following documents through the website www.jobbnorge.no:

  • A cover letter (1 page) explaining your motivation, and how your skills and experience relate to the research focus of the position. The letter should also address your motivation for teaching if you are interested in the 4 year contract.
  • A draft research proposal outlining a possible approach (1-3 pages)
  • CV with a full list of publications with bibliographical references
  • The most important publications that are relevant for the evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications (maximum 5 publications)
  • A description of PhD thesis work (1 page)
  • Two letters of reference, preferably from academic supervisors, with contact details
  • If the candidate does not have a PhD when applying for this position but have submitted the thesis, he/she needs to explain the completion plans. The PhD needs to be defended before they can start with this position.

Incomplete applications will be rejected.  Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

Potential successful candidates will be interviewed via Skype or other means.

Tentative starting date is 01.08.2020.

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 2020/3015 when applying.

Application deadline: 15.03.2020


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