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Postdoctoral Researcher in Biometrics
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF34090

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 22/12/2020

Job live date: 05/11/2020

Salary: £30,942 to £40,322 per annum

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of Mathematical Physical & Computational Sciences

Division: Computer Science

Hours per week: 1.00FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full-time, Fixed-term

  Exciting opportunity to work in R&D in innovative biometrics on-the-fly EU project

The Department of Computer Science within the School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences (SMPCS) conducts world leading research in priority research areas of Data Science and Computational Science. Within the department, the Computational Vision Group (CVG), led by Prof. Ferryman, addresses the computational issues of perception and reasoning in relation to image interpretation.   

Prof. Ferryman is a partner in EU Detecting Document frauD and iDentity on the fly (D4fly) – – a 3-year EC H2020 project funded under the Secure Societies work programme (border security and external security), and which commenced in September 2019. A key aim of D4fly is to build an advanced on-the-move biometric-based person identification system.

The main role of the D4fly PDRA is to undertake biometric research and development for EU D4fly. 

Specifically, the main duties and responsibilities for the Grade 6 role:

  • Research, develop and evaluate biometric functions for future automatic border control; specifically approaches to one or more of the following: presentation attack detection (PAD) for iris, differential face morphing attack detection (MAD), multimodal data fusion.
  • Programming in relevant language (e.g. C/C++, Python, Java) on PC/mobile devices
  • Contribute to the writing high impact outputs (publications) including journals
  • Active role in project related activities such as data collection, integration and demonstration/trials and evaluation
  • Achievement of project objectives within tight time constraints, delivering software, writing of reports and academic publications (especially journal papers) and giving presentations of work undertaken within the project
  • Interaction with academic and commercial partners, including attendance at European project meetings and participation to teleconferences
  • To contribute to teaching (e.g. module development and delivery) and University promotion and recruitment initiatives (e.g. Visit/Open Day)

Interview date - Mid January 2021

Informal contact details

Contact role:

Project Coordinator

Contact name:

James Ferryman

Contact phone:

+44 (118) 3786697

Contact email:

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.


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