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Post-doc position in Machine Learning for Autonomous Driving

The IT University of Copenhagen invites highly motivated individuals to apply for a Postdoc position starting April 1st or soon thereafter for a duration of two years. 
The overall aim of the project is to create lifelong learning machines by combining ideas from neuroevolution, reinforcement learning, and neural plasticity. The ultimate goal of the research is to create a self-driving agent that can continually improve its performance and update its knowledge unsupervised, rapidly adapt to unforeseen contexts, and consolidate new tasks without forgetting old ones.  
The successful candidate will complement an international, interdisciplinary team of researchers from Europe and the US with experience in deep learning, brain models, robotics, neuro evolution and neural plasticity. The postdoc will support the project by developing indirect encodings for the evolution of large-scale plastic neural networks. 
The successful candidate is expected to hold a PhD in computer science or similar with experience in some of the following topics: 

  • Memory-augmented Neural Networks (Neural Turing Machine, Memory Networks, etc.) 
  • Neural Plasticity  
  • Neuroevolution 
  • Meta learning 
  • Indirect encodings (HyperNEAT, HyperNetworks, etc.) 
  • Evolutionary algorithms  
  • Deep RL 
The successful candidate will join the Robot, Evolution, and Art Lab (REAL), which is a newly created research group at the IT University of Copenhagen (see The position depends on available funding.  
The applicant should have a good track record of top-tier research publications in machine learning, or evolutionary computation. 
The application must be in English and must include: 
  • A motivated application, including a research statement and a cogent argument for how qualified you are for the position 
  • A full CV, including name, address, phone number, e-mail, previous and present employment and academic background 
  • Documentation of academic degrees (copy of degree certificates etc.) 
  • Top 3 publications  
  • A numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications should be marked with an asterisk (*) 
Applications without the above-mentioned documents will not be assessed. 

Early contact with our faculty staff is strongly encouraged. 

General information 
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 70 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.  
Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). 
Application procedure 
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:  
Questions about the positions may be directed to Sebastian Risi at Questions related to the application procedure may be directed to the Personnel Section, Sara Toft at or +45 2993 1581. 
The applicant will be assessed according to the Appointment Order from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of 25 April 2008. 
The IT University may use shortlisting in connection to the recruitment process. In case of shortlisting, the Head of department selects applicants for assessment on the advice of 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.  
Please note that all application material will be destroyed after the assessment. 
Application deadline: 1st of March 2018, at 23:59 CET. 
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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