Postdoctoral Position in Skin Imaging, Modelling and Rendering

Gjøvik, Norway
Tuesday, 15 October 2019
End of advertisement period
Monday, 28 October 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a 100 % position as post-doctor at the Department of Computer Science.

The position is hosted at the Norwegian Colour and Visual Computing Laboratory (Colourlab) (, Gjøvik, and financed under the project "Spectral Skin Modelling and Rendering for Realistic Digital Faces" (Spectraskin).

The Spectraskin project aims at increasing the photo-realism of digital faces in movies and video games, by developing new skin appearance models for computer graphics applications and devising novel techniques to estimate skin chromophores from images. The project is led by Dr. Giuseppe Claudio Guarnera at NTNU, in collaboration with experts at Imperial College London and at The University of York (United Kingdom).

The position of post-doctoral fellow 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 Head of Department

Main duties and responsibilities

The successful candidate will work on multispectral / hyperspectral skin imaging, modelling and rendering, with a focus on the implementation of a novel spectral skin model for computer graphics applications, and its use for inverse rendering in medical imaging applications. The exact research focus and plan will be developed by the successful candidate after starting, under supervision by Dr. Giuseppe Claudio Guarnera, Prof. Jon Y. Hardeberg and Dr. Abhijeet Ghosh at Imperial College London.

The successful 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.

20% of the working time will be devoted to teaching subjects related to the position (e.g. computer graphics, graphics programming).

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral fellow:

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 [subject area] 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.

Other qualifications

  • Experience, including a proven publication track-record, in one or more of the following areas: computer graphics methods and tools, mathematical modelling or reflectance acquisition of multi-layered materials are considered a strong advantage.
  • Strong programming skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Applicants who neither are native English speakers nor from Scandinavia, must provide evidence of English language proficiency by means of one of the following tests: TOEFL, Academic IELTS and Cambridge CAE or CPE.

Minimum scores need to be:

  • TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)
  • IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
  • CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

Desirable requirements 

  • Some background in optics or deep learning is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of several of the following programming languages and APIs: C++/Python, OpenGL/CUDA, Matlab, OpenCV.

Personal characteristics

  • A high level of personal responsibility, initiative, motivation and ability to work in a project team as well as independently.
  • Be able and willing to take initiatives for personal and team growth.
  • Have a problem-solving mindset.
  • Good organization and communication skills.
  • Enjoy interdisciplinary research.

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

We offer

Salary and conditions

Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 523 200 before tax 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 25% required 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 you 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. Giuseppe Claudio Guarnera, e-mail:, or Professor Marius Pedersen, phone +47 61 13 52 27, email:

About the application:

Applicants should submit these following documents through the application website

  • A cover letter (1 page) explaining your motivation, and how your skills and experience relate to the research focus of the position.
  • 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 3 publications)
  •  A description of PhD thesis work (1 page).
  • Two letters of reference, preferably from academic supervisor(s), 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.

Desired starting date is as soon as possible after 01.01.2020.

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 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  2019/31699 when applying.

Application deadline: 28.10.2019

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We are the leading academic IT environment in Norway, and offer a wide range of theoretical and applied IT programmes of study at all levels. Our subject areas include hardware, algorithms, visual computing, AI, databases, software engineering, information systems, learning technology, HCI, CSCW, IT operations and applied data processing. The Department has groups in both Trondheim and Gjøvik. The Department of Computer Science is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 28th October 2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Gjøvik Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Gjøvik

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