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ACCENT PRO 2000 S.R.L.

PhD scholarship in 2D/3D multimodal reconstruction for X-Ray security applications (https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/258300)

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15 Nov 2018

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Position Description


ACCENT PRO 2000 S.R.L. (AP2K), a private Research & Development company in the field of 2D&3D X-ray Imaging for industrial applications, located in Bucharest, Romania (www.accent.ro) seeks a dedicated candidate for a 3-years PhD position in the interdisciplinary field of X-ray physics, materials science and computation.

As PhD student, you will be part of our Research and Development team in the field of 2D &3D X-ray multimodal X-ray imaging for investigation of threats detection for security applications, especially in advanced baggage scanner techniques. Our goal is to analyze and optimize, by simulations and experiments, the materials identification methods based on various X-ray imaging techniques, such as: dual-energy, multi-energy and diffractions, using different scanning techniques that includes one-view, dual-view, multi-view and 2D and 3D static (non-gantry) tomography.

You will work closely with research colleagues inside AP2K but also with the academic partner at Department of Physics at the Technical University of Denmark – DTU (www.dtu.dk) and externally, with our industrial and academic partners.

Your PhD project will be part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, “Multiscale, Multimodal, Multidimensional imaging for EngineeRING” or in short MUMMERING (www.mummering.eu). The network is concerned with interdisciplinary R&D and training in 3D imaging and its application in materials and information science. The network offers totally 15 PhD positions Information about all 15 PhD positions can be found here.

Scientifically, the network addresses the challenges 3D imaging must overcome for being a workable tool in materials science and engineering. This means filling the gap between the capacities by which experimental data can be captured and by which the data can be processed.

Your PhD project will be on developing a new methodology for 3D reconstruction of spectrally resolved X-ray data with the aim of threat identification using various 3D scanning techniques. You will begin by using/designing a simulation program for getting the necessary simulated data for algorithms development. Later, you will test and improve the algorithms by using experimental data acquired with the state-of-the-art energy dispersive x-ray detectors mounted in laboratory scanners prototypes. You will analyse also the existing commercial instruments and set-ups and the custom-made scanners for developing new or improved scanning modalities.

The application of X-rays in the field of Security are generally moving to representing the scanned object in 3D and there is a need for algorithms that reconstruct and classify the objects specifically for the recognition of restricted materials rather than catering to the needs in medical CT from which the current methods have evolved. You will work on a fixed gantry solution that incorporate the widest possible range of information for the material recognition that takes advantage of both absorption and diffraction information across the spectral dimension. Besides achieving an improved material classification method that will increase the security level of Europe’s critical infrastructure, you will develop also methods toward application in a high-volume scanning environment, such as airport baggage scanners.

As a candidate, you will need skills in computational mathematics and a good understanding of fundamental X-ray physics and the interaction of X-rays with materials. You should also be able to work creatively to develop key new technologies and identify and bring together auxiliary capabilities both within and outside the project.


How to Apply

Responsibilities and tasks As PhD student, we expect that you take full responsibility for your PhD project and your learning under your experienced DTU supervisor’s guidance. Moreover, we expect that you actively involve with and seek benefit from: The training provided by the MUMMERING network Secondment to the industry partner, and potentially other network partners DTU Physics’ excellent research infrastructure Via the mandatory network training provided by MUMMERING, you will participate in summer schools, workshops, and scientific meetings together with top scientists and your 14 fellow PhD students in the MUMMERING network. Your task will be to handle all aspects of your PhD project and training. This means to: Work out and update your study plan and a personal career development plan Plan, conduct and report your experiments Seek the learning you need for conducting your research Publish your results We expect that you master the balance between, on one hand, working independently and take initiatives, and on the other hand, seeking advice from your supervisor, your fellow PhD students and colleagues. Qualifications Candidates should have a master's degree in physics or engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering. Candidates shall moreover comply with H2020 definition of an Early-Stage Researcher, i.e. be in the first four years of the research career, and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. Approval and Enrolment The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide. Assessment The assessment of the applicants will be made by Doctor Mihai Iovea from AP2K, Professor Henning Friis Poulsen and Research Consultant Ulrik Lund Olsen from DTU. We offer AP2K is a leading industrial company in development of X-ray imaging solutions for Security and NDT applications (www.accent.ro) with more than 25 R&D projects finalized in the last 10 years. We are offering a good environment for developing and testing new X-Ray threats detection algorithms and 2D & 3d scanning techniques. Our laboratory is located close to Bucharest, in the Physics City of Magurele (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C4%83gurele) where are placed many Research Institutes in Materials Science, Lasers and Nuclear Physics. We got the University of Bucharest - Faculty of Physics. We are offering access to our laboratory experimental set-ups, algorithm development support and scientifically and technically guidance, as a basic environment for developing your ideas. We are currently offering challenging jobs in developing high-tech applications in Security and NDT domains by working in an international environment. DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility. Salary and appointment terms The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. The main workplace will be at Bucharest. The subsidiary location of the studies will be at DTU, Lyngby Campus (close to Copenhagen), Denmark where you will be enrolled in the PhD program. Further information may be obtained from Doctor Mihai Iovea tel.: +40745182660, or Research Consultant Ulrik Lund Olsen + 45 2465 5169 ullu@dtu.dk Application We will evaluate the applications on a running basis. We therefore advise you to submit your application as soon as possible and no later than 30 December 2017. We expect that you start between 1 January and 1 May 2018. Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: A letter motivating the application (cover letter) Curriculum vitae Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here) Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it. All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply. The candidate can be of any nationality but is required to undertake physical transnational mobility meaning that you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Romania for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Benefits The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. The main workplace will be at Bucharest. The subsidiary location of the studies will be at DTU, Lyngby Campus (close to Copenhagen), Denmark where you will be enrolled in the PhD program. Further information may be obtained from Doctor Mihai Iovea tel.: +40745182660, or Research Consultant Ulrik Lund Olsen + 45 2465 5169 ullu@dtu.dk Eligibility criteria Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it. All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply. The candidate can be of any nationality but is required to undertake physical transnational mobility meaning that you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Romania for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Selection process We will evaluate the applications on a running basis. We therefore advise you to submit your application as soon as possible and no later than 30 December 2017. We expect that you start between 1 January and 1 May 2018. The assessment of the applicants will be made by Doctor Mihai Iovea from AP2K, Professor Henning Friis Poulsen and Research Consultant Ulrik Lund Olsen from DTU. Web site for additional job details http://www.mummering.eu/phd-positions Required Research Experiences RESEARCH FIELD Physics › Applied physics YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE 1 - 4 Offer Requirements REQUIRED LANGUAGES ENGLISH: Good Skills/Qualifications Candidates should have a master's degree in physics or engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering. Candidates shall moreover comply with H2020 definition of an Early-Stage Researcher, i.e. be in the first four years of the research career, and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide. Candidates should have a master's degree in physics or engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering. Candidates shall moreover comply with H2020 definition of an Early-Stage Researcher, i.e. be in the first four years of the research career, and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. The assessment of the applicants will be made by Doctor Mihai Iovea from AP2K, Professor Henning Friis Poulsen and Research Consultant Ulrik Lund Olsen from DTU. Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: A letter motivating the application (cover letter) Curriculum vitae Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here) All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply. Specific Requirements The candidate can be of any nationality but is required to undertake physical transnational mobility meaning that you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Romania for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.

Position Category: Mathematical & Physical Sciences. Position Type: PhD Program. Position Tags: 2d &3d imaging, security, tomography, and x-ray. Salary: €20'000 - €30'000.

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