Open PhD Studentship in Reading Systems (deadline: June 5th)

The deadline for receiving applications is June 5, 2014!!!

The Position
The Computer Science department of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), is offering a 3 year PhD studentship on Reading Systems. The position is linked to the Document Analysis Group at the Computer Vision Centre, UAB.

The aim of the project is to devise efficient camera based methods for robust reading and unrestricted document understanding with the purpose of integrating such methods to mobile platforms. Of particular interest will be exploring the use of such methods as enabling technologies for next generation interfaces linking the physical and the digital counterparts of documents.

Candidates must accredit that they hold a university qualification, EHEA university qualification of at least 300 ECTS credits, or a university-awarded Master degree or equivalent, or be able to accredit this at the time of signing the contract. Candidates cannot already hold a doctoral degree.

The duration of the position is 3 years (36 months). The grant includes a studentship at the rate of €14.391,63 gross, per annum, payable in 12 monthly instalments, as well as the cost of PhD registration fees. The foreseen starting date of the studies is October, 1st 2014.


The successful candidate will join the Document Analysis Group (http://dag.cvc.uab.es/) at the Computer Vision Centre (http://www.cvc.uab.es/). The Computer Vision Centre is an internationally renowned centre devoted to research and applications of computer vision. The CVC counts with over 120 staff members and PhD students, and is a member of the Catalan Association of Research Centres (CERCA) and one of the recognised centres TECNIO of the Catalan government.

The Document Analysis Group comprises more than 20 researchers active on various aspects of document analysis (historical DIAR, administrative DIAR, robust reading, document interfaces, graphical documents, structural pattern recognition). The group counts with 15 years of experience, and is one of the largest document analysis groups in the world.

The thesis will be supervised by Dr Dimosthenis Karatzas (http://www.cvc.uab.es/~dimos/).

Applicant Profile

Applicants should possess university qualifications of at least 300 ECTS credits or equivalent. We are looking for students who have recently completed or expect very soon to complete a MSc or equivalent degree in computer science, electrical/electronic engineering, applied mathematics, applied physics, or a related discipline. Experience in some or all of the following or related fields will be highly valued: signal processing, image processing, computer vision, machine learning, and pattern recognition. The successful applicant will have:
- good programming skills
- curiosity and analytical skills
- the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team
- motivation to meet deadlines
- an affinity with the relevant social science research
- good oral and written communication skills
- an interest in communicating their research results to a wider audience
- proficiency in English

Further Information

For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Dimosthenis Karatzas (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Official call: http://dcc.uab.es/sites/default/files/CallBeques2014_DCC.pdf

Application Procedure
Interested candidates should send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. attaching the following documentation:

- A copy of the DNI or passport
- Curriculum Vitae
- An academic transcript
- A copy of the official certificate of the university degree
- A letter of application which should summarise (i) why the applicant wants to do a PhD, (ii) why the project is of interest to the applicant, (iii) evidence of suitability, and (iv) what the applicant hopes to gain from the position.

The deadline for receiving applications is June 5, 2014.