Researcher in Facial Appearance Modelling

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

About the position

The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering ( at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for a 100 % position as a Researcher at the Department of Computer Science (IDI) ( 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 reports to Head of Department

Main duties and responsibilities

  • One of the main goals of the Spectraskin project is to device a new skin appearance model.
  • The successful candidate will support the work in this direction by implementing novel image-based technique to remap skin appearance across different models and tools, both already existing in the state of the art and implemented by other members of the team.

The successful candidate will also work on the modelling and rendering of facial geometry, in both static and dynamic conditions (e.g. facial expressions).

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.

Qualification requirements

For this position the applicant must have:

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science or Computer Graphics.
  • At least 18 months of documented research experience after completion of PhD (e.g. as a postdoctoral researcher or equivalent experience).
  • Strong background and interest in reflectance models / materials appearance for computer graphics.
  • Prior experience in material appearance remapping techniques for computer graphics and 3D modelling techniques / tools.
  • Experience in writing and contributing to the publication of academic papers in the main computer graphics conferences and journals.
  • Fluency in English, with 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.

In some circumstances (typically, in the case of PhD thesis in English), formal documentation of language skills can be relinquished. In such cases, the candidate’s language skills will be assessed in a personal interview.

Desired qualifications 

  • Good publication track record.
  • Experience in psychophysical experiments

Personal characteristics

  • High level of personal responsibility, initiative, motivation and ability to work in a project team as well as independently.
  • Curious, innovative person.
  • Scientific communication skills.
  • Ability to engage in cross-disciplinary teams

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

The gross salary for the position of researcher (code 1109) is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 523.200 – 627.700 before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The appointment is for a term of 18 months.

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.

Generell informasjon

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.

Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Giuseppe Claudio Guarnera, e-mail:, groupleader Professor Marius Pedersen, e-mail:  or Head of the Department Professor John Krogstie, e-mail: .

About the application:

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

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, with contact details.
  • Copies of relevant transcripts and diplomas

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 March 2020.

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 2019/31826 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