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Postdoctoral research position

WorkplaceBern, Bern region, Switzerland
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The Bern University of the Arts (HKB) unites a multitude of artistic disciplines while developing interdisciplinary perspectives in teaching and research. It offers regular BA and MA courses and further education diplomas in art, design, conservation and restoration as well as music, opera, theatre and literature.

Within the group „New Techniques for Ancient Materials“, we study physico-chemical processes in natural and cultural materials, with a focus on materials degradation and the development of innovative methods for investigation of disordered and sensitive materials .

We are looking for a Postdoctoral research position (100%) for high-throughput tomography and image processing of archaeological artefacts


The successful candidate will transfer and further deploy those recent in-house developments into a robust, flexible and long-term framework, allowing the statistical analysis of large quantity of data in a semi-quantitative way. For that purpose, the candidate will receive personalized training to include the existing C++ program into the cloud-based, scalable image analysis platform of 4QUANT, a spin-off of ETH Zurich ( ?url=http%3A%2F%2F4quant.com&module=jobs&id=599375" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?url=http%3A%2F%2F4quant.com&module=jobs&id=599375" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://4quant.com ).


Applicants must have strong computer skills and expertise in image processing. Good background in materials sciences and creativity is required for deploying the set of already existing metrics and algorithms. Knowledge about tomography techniques is a very positive asset.

Interested candidates are invited to submit online a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, 2-3 first-author journal paper reprints in PDF format, and a list of 3 references.

We offer

The project will take place at the Bern University of the Arts, equipped with a full infrastructure for image processing. The candidate will also benefit from the infrastructure and support of the group of Prof. Marco Stampanoni, head of the TOMCAT beamline ( ?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.psi.ch%2Fsls%2Ftomcat%2Ftomcat&module=jobs&id=599375" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.psi.ch%2Fsls%2Ftomcat%2Ftomcat&module=jobs&id=599375" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.psi.ch/sls/tomcat/tomcat ) at Swiss Light Source (PSI, Villigen). Frequent visits and longer stays at PSI are expected to take place when and if necessary.

The position is available as of October 1 st or after agreement. Applications will be accepted until September 20 th and the recruiting process is expected to happen between September 26 th and 28 th . The appointment is for two years. The Bern University of the Arts offers very competitive salaries and benefits.

Contact and Address

For more information, please contact Claire Gervais (claire.gervaishkb.bfh.ch ) or visit our webpage for information on the laboratory and its activities (www.gervaislab.ch).


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