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Postdoc in EEG Signal Processing and Machine Learning 986022

Department of Engineering at Aarhus University is inviting applications for a two-year postdoctoral position within signal processing and machine learning of sleep EEG. The research is a part of a project in the Neurotechnology group focusing on ear-EEG for sleep monitoring. The aim is to develop technology providing a less expensive, less obtrusive and more precise assessment of sleep.

The research will focus on semi-supervised learning methods to develop sleep assessment algorithms tailored to the individual subjects. The research will be based on data from ear-EEG recorded over extended periods of time, where sleep labels, obtained from concurrently PSG recordings, are only available from a few nights for each subject.

The postdoctoral researcher will be a part of the Neurotechnology group and will be supervised by Associated Professor Preben Kidmose.

The position is available from October 2018 or as soon as possible hereafter.

The main part of the research will be development of signal processing and machine learning algorithms and methods for sleep assessment based on ear-EEG. Even though the project already has unique ear-EEG sleep recordings, a part of the position will be to participate in the ongoing effort of establishing a larger data set of recordings, and to acquire new data sets from a new version of the ear-EEG device. Thus, the position also includes practical laboratory work with the ear-EEG devices, and planning, implementation and execution of new recordings.

Applicant must have a background in machine learning (e.g. PhD in Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Computational Neuroscience, or related areas) and be interested in brain signal processing.
Programming experience in Matlab and/or Python is a prerequisite. Experience with machine learning libraries such as Scikit-learn, Theano, and/or Tensorflow is an advantage, but not a prerequisite. Experience with experimental laboratory work is a prerequisite, and practical experience with electronics and dexterity to work with miniaturized electronics is an advantage. Experience with EEG recording and analysis is an advantage but not required.
Good oral and written (English) communication skills, as well as the ability and interest in working with human test subjects, is a prerequisite.
The appointment as a postdoctoral researcher requires academic qualifications at PhD level.

About the Electrical and Computer Engineering Section
The research activities in Department of Engineering are organized into four sections: Biological and Chemical Engineering, Civil and Architectural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The postdoctoral position is part of the Electrical and Computer Engineering section, and more specifically part of the Biomedical Engineering area. The research areas are organized in research groups, and the postdoctoral position is a part of the Neurotechnology group. The Neurotechnology group is headed by Associated Professor Preben Kidmose.

The place of work is Finlandsgade 22, 8200 Aarhus N and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

For further information please contact: Associated Professor Preben Kidmose, phone: +45 4189 3321, e-mail:

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range

Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

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