Research Assistant/Associate in Art Through the ICT Lens

Job summary

The Salary structure is subject to change effective from 1st April 2019, please see full details on our salary structure reform Applications are invited for the post to work with Prof. Pier Luigi Dragotti (Electrical and Electronic Engineering department) on cutting-edge research which will be undertaken as part of the EPSRC-funded three-year ARTICT | Art Through the ICT Lens project which brings together ICT and Heritage Science researchers...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG00699
  • Date posted 6 February 2019
  • Closing date 5 March 2019

Job description

Job summary

The Salary structure is subject to change effective from 1st April 2019, please see full details on our salary structure reform

Applications are invited for the post to work with Prof. Pier Luigi Dragotti (Electrical and Electronic Engineering department) on cutting-edge research which will be undertaken as part of the EPSRC-funded three-year ARTICT | Art Through the ICT Lens project which brings together ICT and Heritage Science researchers from University College London, Imperial College London and the National Gallery to co-create and apply novel signal analysis and processing algorithms to support the technical study, conservation and preservation of artworks.  The ARTICT project started on 1 October 2018 and the post holder will be one of three research fellows working within it: see also
http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/R032785/1

 

Duties and responsibilities

The successful candidate will develop image processing methods to allow the various multimodal images and datasets generated from Old Master paintings to be automatically registered and mosaicked to a single reference image. He/she will also develop methods to enhance the spatial resolutions of some of the modalities which normally have a resolution which is much smaller than that of the visible image and to achieve that by leveraging correlation among modalities. Finally, he/she will also develop methods for image inpainting and for image deconvolution. The successful candidate, as part of the wider ARTICT research team, will also undertake research that will allow improved identification, characterization, and visualisation of the materials and features of interest in a painting, including in sub-surface layers.

Responsibilities will include

• To take initiatives in the planning of research
• To undertake original research of international excellence
• To identify and develop suitable techniques to allow various multimodal images and datasets generated from Old Master paintings to be automatically registered and mosaicked to a single reference image
• To identify and develop suitable techniques to enhance the spatial resolutions of some of the data acquired and to achieve that by leveraging correlation among modalities
• To conduct work safely according to established protocols, and to contribute positively to the team’s culture of safety
• To conduct data analysis
• To ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times
• To maintain accurate and complete records of all findings
• To write reports for submission to research sponsors
• To present findings to colleagues and at conferences
• To submit publications to refereed journals
• To direct the work of small research teams
• To provide guidance to staff and students
• To attend relevant workshops and conferences as necessary
• To develop contacts and research collaborations within the College and the wider community
• To promote the reputation of the Group, the Department and the College
• To provide guidance to PhD Students
• Contribute to bids for research grants 
• To conduct and plan own scientific work with appropriate supervision.
• To actively participate in the research programme of the Group
• To publish in high quality journals and to present data at national and
• international meetings
• To participate in Group research meetings and internal seminars
• To collaborate with other allied scientists within Imperial College and
elsewhere in London and abroad, as appropriate
• Assist in the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research
students and research assistants as required
• To comply with the College, Division, and Unit safety practices and to attend courses on safety when appropriate
• Any other duties as may be deemed reasonable by Head of group as well as Head of Division/Department/Section

 

Essential requirements

The successful candidate should hold or be near completion of a PhD (or equivalent) in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mathematics or a related discipline, as well as the following:

• Experience in a broad range of techniques used to solve image deconvolution and/or inverse problems and/or image resolution enhancement problems

• Experience in image registration techniques using sparse and/or dense correspondences approaches

• A good publication record in the area of signal/image processing

• Knowledge of sparse signal processing principles, Optimisation techniques and standard image registration approaches

• Knowledge of research methods and statistical procedures

• Computer literate in particular experience with Matlab, C and C++ and/or Python

 

For a full list of essential requirements, please refer to the attached Job Description.

 

Further information

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof Pier Luigi Dragotti at email address p.dragotti@imperial.ac.uk

When applying please attach a cover letter explaining your current interests, your curriculum vitae and a list of your publications.

For technical issues when applying online, please contact: erecruitment@imperial.ac.uk

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £33,380 - £35,061 per annum.

With effect from 1 April 2019, a new Research salary scale will be introduced. Further details can be found at http://www.imperial.ac.uk/human-resources/salaries-terms-and-conditions/reform/

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has a strong commitment to conducting internationally competitive and innovative research. Its primary scientific interest is in fundamental research with numerous applications to the environment, healthcare, information and communications technology, industry and energy.

The academic staff of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) have wide-ranging expertise in Circuits and Systems, Communications and Signal Processing, Control and Power, Intelligent Systems and Networks, and Optical and Semiconductor Devices.

Imperial College London is a science-based institution with the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK university. The Faculty of Engineering, consistently rated among the best in the world, is made up of 10 academic departments and is committed to increasing its research activity by focusing on engineering-led multidisciplinary growth areas that target a number of global challenges. All of our academic departments are located on a single campus in South Kensington, giving a concentration of talent that creates a stimulating and vibrant research community. You can find out more about our staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements and our excellent professional development opportunities on our webpages.

About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.