Post-Doctoral Researcher (Underwater Machine Vision)

Deadline: open

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a foundation of public law jointly financed by the Federal Republic of Germany (90 %) and the state of Schleswig-Holstein (10 %) and is one of the internationally leading institutions in the field of marine sciences. Currently GEOMAR disposes over an annual budget of approx. 80 million Euro and has approx. 1000 employees.

The new Research Group “Oceanic Machine Vision” funded through the Emmy-Noether-Program of the German Research Foundation (DFG) is offering a position for a

Post-Doctoral Researcher (Underwater Machine Vision)

Research Group Focus
Although more than half of Earth’s surface lies in the deep sea, we are lacking systematic visual maps virtually of the entire deep ocean. The goal of the new group is to enable visual mapping and quantitative imaging from (robotic) deep sea platforms despite lighting, refraction and localization challenges and other ocean realities. In particular, we aim for practical (auto-)calibration approaches and reliable and robust mapping algorithms that can efficiently deal with large numbers of images in challenging vision scenarios.

Job Description
The successful applicant will

  • devise/adapt mathematical models for underwater light propagation and sensing to geometric and radiometric vision problems
  • work with cameras, lights and other equipment in the lab or at sea
  • design (auto-)calibration technologies for deep sea cameras and lights
  • participate in conferences and publish scientific articles
  • develop software for visual underwater mapping, calibration and simulation
  • advise PhD and MSc students on underwater vision topics
  • do interdisciplinary collaborations with marine technology or ocean sciences
  • participate in research cruises (depending on availability/schedule)

Applicants must have

  • a university degree in science or engineering and a PhD in the field of machine vision (or other disciplines related to automated measurements with cameras, like robotics or photogrammetry)
  • practical experience in use and calibration of cameras
  • experience in C++ programming and use of large software libraries
  • knowledge of multiple-view relations and parameter estimation
  • experience either in geometric (e.g. visual SLAM) or radiometric (e.g. image restoration, HDR) vision and willingness to connect both topics
  • good communication skills in English language

It is appreciated, but not necessary, if applicants also have experience in

  • underwater imaging, underwater light propagation or optics
  • visual simulation (rendering of images) and GPU usage
  • optimization, robust estimation with large numbers of measurements/parameters
  • advising students

We offer an exciting environment and the opportunity for computer vision approaches being used to improve our understanding of the Earth and the oceans. Current collaborations cover black smoker fields, methane seepage, coral reefs, disposed munitions from the world wars, underwater volcanoes, marine resources and many more topics. These are investigated either with towed cameras, landers or with GEOMAR’s robotic teams on research vessels that operate in all oceans, typically up to 6000m water depth. The new research group also maintains excellent links to the computer science and engineering departments of Kiel’s Christian-Albrechts-University and the University of Applied Sciences.

The position is available for a funding period until May, 31st, 2022, but could possibly be extended later, depending on project evaluation. The salary depends on qualification and could be up to the class 13 TVöD-Bund of the German tariff for public employees. This is a full-time position. The position can be split.

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel seeks to increase the proportion of female scientists and explicitly encourages qualified female academics to apply.
GEOMAR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages scientists with disabilities to apply. Qualified disabled applicants will receive preference in the application process.

Please send your application (including motivation letter, CV and certificates/transcripts) for this post via email in a single pdf-file mentioning the keyword "UnderwaterVision-PostDoc” in the subject line. The CV should also contain links to publications and PhD thesis in case they are freely available online, otherwise they should be attached and compiled into the single pdf. Please send your application to the following email address:


As soon as the selection procedure has finished, all your application data will be removed according to data protection regulation.
For further information regarding the position and research group please contact Dr. Kevin Köser (kkoeser(at)geomar.de).

Please do not contact us by phone about the present state of procedures. However, we will answer all your questions if you send us an e-mail to bewerbung(at)geomar.de. In doing so, please refer to the keyword.

GEOMAR is a member of the Helmholtz Association and the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM). For further information please visit www.geomar.de or www.helmholtz.de.

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