The department “EO Data Science” at the Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF-DAS), located at the DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen is developing novel signal processing and AI algorithms to improve information retrieval from remote sensing data, in particular those from current and the next generation of Earth observation missions and deliver crucial geo-information to address social grant challenges, such as urbanization and climate change.
The Helmholtz Artificial Intelligence Cooperation Unit (HAICU) platform aims to enhance the research within the Helmholtz Association with applied AI methods. For that each research area of Helmholtz operates one HAICU unit to work on short, medium and long term AI projects.
IMF-DAS operates the local HAICU unit “MASTr: HAICU Munich @ Aeronautics, Space and Transport”. It consists of a Young Investigator Group (YIG) in Earth observation and an AI Consulting Team, providing the expertise from Earth Observation, robotics, computer vision and an HPC/HPDA support unit.
The specific research focus of the YIG is “Large-Scale Data Mining in Earth Observation”.
This includes research towards large-scale data indexing and retrieval, especially in peta-scale data archives of former, current, and future EO missions. We expect a strong focus on unsupervised information extraction and anomaly detection.
Based on this concept, the ideal candidate will have a proven track record in fields related to statistic learning, modelling, machine learning and spatio-temporal analysis, interest in geographic observation and an open and collaboration-oriented mindset.
The YIG shall be located at the Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF), Oberpfaffenhofen. In addition, the YIG leader will be appointed to the Technical University Munich (TUM) and be granted the attractive status of a “TUM Junior Fellow”, comparable to a junior professor, including the right to be the first supervisor of his/her PhD students (“Promotionsrecht”)
The YIG is set up as a five year tenure track process towards permanent positions starting ideally November 1, 2019 or later.
Applying for this position requires the submission of a scientific research plan of no more than 20 pages covering the following aspects: Presentation of clearly recognizable work packages, important intermediate steps, and milestones with a timetable; Presentation of the planned cooperation and communication structures; Statement on the connection to the Helmholtz program.