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3-year Postdoc in ML to integrate constraints for I4.0 sensors

University faculty : Computer science
Department : SMARTSENS
Grade : researcher
Contract : fixed term contract
Category : scientific personnel
Allocation : External funds



SMARTSENS is a project funded by the Service public de wallonie Win2Wal program that will design micro-sensors to monitor gas concentrations in various environments, such as industrial facilities and storage locations. The project will be conducted in partnership with the University of Namur, the Haute Ecole Louvain en Hainaut (CeREF research center) and the Belgian VOCSENS company. The project benefits from the University of Namur expertise in machine learning and the CeREF expertise in edge computing for the processing of data from the sensors. Indeed, models will be used locally with strict consumption limitations.

Job description

The goal of this postdoctoral research is to define, design and evaluate models of sensors to predict gas concentrations in the environment. Due to data scarcity, we will integrate domain constraints given by experts (i.e., physical and technological constraints) to help learning algorithms. One of the scientific challenges will therefore be to design relevant types of constraints and to prioritise them. The candidate will work with Prof. Benoit Frénay and collaborate with SMARTSENS partners, including the CeREF research center for edge computing integration and the VOCSENS company for its expertise in remote gas sensing solutions.


Job Requirements

  • PhD in Machine Learning,
  • Autonomy and ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team,
  • Excellent publication record,
  • Proficiency in English (both speaking and writing) is mandatory, knowledge of French and/or Dutch is considered as a plus.

Additional information

About the employer

The Faculty of Computer Science provides cutting-edge teaching and research, with a view to putting computers at the service of society, by taking into account their impact on the environment and by respecting the values of solidarity and sustainable development. The Faculty is a founding member of the Namur Digital Institute (NADI) which gathers over 150 researchers in the field of digital technology. It has a multi-disciplinary approach and addresses in particular the issues and challenges of computer science in organisations and in society. The Faculty of Computer Science has over 400 students, 80 members of staff including 18 professors and around 50 researchers. Founded in 1968, the Faculty of Computer Science has trained over 1,800 high-level computer science graduates since then.


How to apply?

Applications should be sent by e-mail to: benoit.frenay@unamur.be and contain the following:

  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum vitae, including publication list
  • Copy of Diplomas (Bachelor, Master and PhD, if available)
  • PhD thesis (if available)
  • 2-3 recent publications
  • Names and e-mail addresses of 3 reference persons to be contacted upon request

Note: Soon to be graduating PhD students are welcome to apply provided that they will have defended their PhD prior to the start of the position.

Important dates

Submission deadline: October, 31st, 2021 (11h59 pm AoE).

Expected starting date: December 1st or January 1st, 2022 (negotiable, depending on COVID or candidate constraints).