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Job posted by Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (06/12/2013 10.53)

Marie Curie Actions funded job vacancy 1 Experienced Researcher position at University of Bristol, UK in the Initial Training Network PROVISION (ER 2 - Test Model II)

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The partners of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) PeRceptually Optimised VIdeo CompresSION (PROVISION) are offering different Early Stage Researcher (ESR) and Experienced Researcher (ER) positions all over Europe. The various vacancies are located at the University of Bristol, the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute in Berlin, the British Broadcasting Corporation in London, the RTWH Aachen and the University of Nantes with secondments in the different institutions and internships at renowned associated partners all over the world.
A total of 15 positions are available, 12 at ESR level and 3 at ER level. The eligibility criteria for these posts and the detailed description of each project area are provided in the link below. The salaries for these posts depend on the country where the post is hosted but are in the region of 46 T€/yr for ESRs and 67 T€/yr for ERs.


Based in the Visual Information Laboratory in the Faculty of Engineering, this Marie Curie ITN project will create a new content-driven framework for video compression, paying specific attention to perceptual coding for emerging immersive technologies. Our aim is to shift the video coding paradigm from rate-distortion optimisation to rate-quality modelling, where region-based parameters are combined with perceptual quality metrics to inform and drive the coding and synthesis processes. Research is needed to fully exploit the method's potential and to yield stable and efficient solutions.

Three posts are available in this area; one for an Experienced Researcher (ER) of 2 years duration, and two for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), each lasting 3 years. Both ER and ESRs will be required to formulate new research ideas and directions relevant to the grant and topic and present and demonstrate results locally and internationally to industry, conferences and standards bodies. You will be responsible for the timely delivery and reporting in association with specific research areas. All posts will involve secondments to other European partner organisations.

As well as conducting independent research, the ER will play a major role in coordinating the research programme, advising PhD students, and in developing a stable validation and reference platform. You will have a PhD related to video compression, with experienced in video quality assessment, and video analysis and synthesis together with excellent software engineering skills in Matlab and C++. Knowledge and experience of HEVC is also desirable.

This project will be intimately linked to Test Models I. It will share many of the same attributes and structure. It will differ from TM I in that the residual coding will be performed using multiscale oriented representations based on wavelets or related transforms. The other difference will be that this TM will allow the incorporation of prior 3D scene geometry where appropriate, in order to improve coding gain. The goal will be to specify, develop and maintain the ITN reference software and manage its use as a testing and validation platform for the algorithmic tools developed in WP2-4. Test data collection and core experiments will be defined in collaboration with the ESRs and the ERs in the ITN.

Find more information on the criteria to apply for this position here:

Nr of positions available : 1

Research Fields

Engineering - Electrical engineering

Career Stage

Experienced researcher or 4-10 yrs (Post-Doc)

Research Profiles

Established Researcher (R3)


- Generous salary (€78,624 per annum) and additional allowances to cover living costs and travel, including a contribution to some family related expenses and the cost of annual travel back to home country.
- Opportunities for international collaboration and travel to world class academic and industrial partners.
- Training in a range of state-of-the-art scientific skills, intellectual property and project management skills.
- Secondment placements within the network’s industrial partners.
- Funds to support their participation in the PROVISION ITN European wide research and training events

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