Research Assistant in Computer Science

Maryland, United States
17 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
17 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term

General Summary:

The Research Assistant will develop and validate deep learning techniques to automatically segment activities within videos of cataract surgery. This will involve developing and evaluating multiple approaches and validating in at least two data sets. In addition to the algorithms, deliverables include adequately annotated code, preferably using Python, and related documentation. Publishing and/or presenting findings at a scientific venue is expected. Work timings are flexible but 20 hours per week is expected, which includes a weekly meeting with the supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in related discipline.
  • Some related experience.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science with coursework in deep learning or an undergraduate degree with training and/or experience developing and evaluating deep learning algorithms using video data strongly preferred.

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Experience working with surgical videos is a plus.
  • Proficiency with Python is necessary, experience working with a compute cluster, and ability to independently work towards the deliverables.

Expected duration of role:

  • 3 months from the start date

Role/Level/Range: ACRO37.5/03/CD 
Starting Salary Range: $16.10 to $22.12 per hour
Employee group: Casual / On Call 
Schedule: MTWTFSS 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 10001488-Department of Computer Science 
Personnel area: Whiting School of Engineering

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