PhD position in Machine Learning / Reinforcement Learning / Evolutionary
The IT University of Copenhagen invites highly motivated individuals to apply
for a funded PhD position starting as soon as possible or after agreement.
The position is funded by an Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF) Sapere
Aude grant (INNATE) led by Sebastian Risi.
The overall aim of this project is to create adaptive machines that can
continually learn from experience and apply previously learned knowledge to
novel situations. Current machine learning systems can only deal with
situations they have been trained for in advance; they are unable to adapt
quickly and during execution to unexpected events. In the INNATE project, the
goal is to devise a new class of algorithms based on a combination of
evolutionary computation and state-of-the-art reinforcement learning to
significantly extend the usefulness of simulated agents and robots.
The successful candidate should have experience in some of the following
Deep RL / meta-learning / continual learning
Neuroevolution / evolutionary algorithms
Neurobiology / systems neuroscience
Evolutionary developmental biology
The successful candidate will work together with Sebastian Risi
(www. sebastianrisi.com) and join the Robotics, Evolution, and Art Lab
(REAL) and the Creative AI Lab.
The following qualifications are required:
3 year programme: candidates should have an MSc (or equivalent)
The application must be in English and must include:
A cover letter;
A statement of purpose, which provides evidence of independent thinking,
novelty and originality, and a state of the art grasp of the targeted
research field matching the project description above;
Documentation of academic degree(s); grade transcripts that documents
outstanding academic achievement;
Curriculum Vitae, which must include two professional/academic references;
Applications may also include a relevant scientific publication written by
the applicant, or the applicants master thesis. Letters of recommendation
can also be included in the application
Applications without the above-mentioned required documents will not be
It is understood that even highly qualified applicants will satisfy these
requirements to varying degrees, for example because of differences in
publication cultures in various research fields.
Early contact with our faculty staff is strongly encouraged.
The IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) is a teaching and research-based
tertiary institution concerned with information technology (IT) and the
opportunities it offers. The IT University has more than 160 full-time Faculty
members. Research and teaching in information technology span all academic
activities which involve computers including computer science, information and
media sciences, humanities and social sciences, business impact and the
commercialization of IT.
The campus is located at the south-eastern part of Copenhagen on Amager. It is
close to the beach and several nature parks. Copenhagen is a vibrant city.
Successful applicants will be employed and enrolled at the ITU University for
a period of 3 years.
Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance's
agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).
You can only apply for this position through our e-recruitment system. Apply
by pushing the button "Apply for position" in the job announcement on our
website: https:// en.itu.dk/About-ITU/Vacancies
Please read the guidelines for applicants carefully before filling in the
application form. You can see the guidelines through this link:
https: // en.itu.dk/research/phd-programme/available-phd-positions/guidelines-
Applications must be written in English. All other documents, such as
transcripts must be accompanied by a translation in English or Danish.
Questions about the positions can be directed to Sebastian Risi, IT University
of Copenhagen, e-mail email@example.com.
The applicant will be assessed according to the Appointment Order from the
Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of 13 March 2012.
The IT University may use shortlisting in connection to the recruitment
process. I In case of shortlisting, the Chair of the hiring committee selects
applicants for assessment in consultation with the hiring committee after the
application deadline. All applicants are notified whether their application
has been passed for assessment. The shortlisting of candidates for assessment
is based on the criteria in the job posting.
Application deadline: 1 July 2021, at 23:59 CET/CEST.
Applications/enclosures received at ITU after the application deadline will
not be taken into consideration. If you submit an application, it is your
responsibility to ensure that it arrives before the deadline so please allow
sufficient time for upload of publications and other documents.
The IT University invites all qualified researchers regardless of age, gender,
religious affiliation or ethnic background to apply for the positions.
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