PostDoc in Dimensionality Reduction and Information Visualization at UCLouvain

The Université catholique de Louvain invites applications for a 2-year postdoctoral position in Machine Learning/Information Visualisation, beginning July 1, 2013.

The visual interpretation of data is an essential step to guide any further processing or decision making. Data visualization is tackled independently from two different angles in the scientific community. The domain of machine learning addresses mainly statistical, mathematical, and algorithmic aspects with dimensionality reduction (DR) techniques, whereas the field of information visualization focuses on the interaction with the user (man-computer interface, visual efficacy, user-friendliness). In this context, the project aims at bridging the two approaches. More specifically, the project intends to import the concepts of interactivity and controllability from the field of information visualization and to integrate them in advanced DR techniques in order to improve their acceptance by users and broaden their range of application.

The successful applicant will hold a Ph.D. degree delivered not earlier than July 1, 2007, and must not have the Belgian nationality. In addition, the candidate must not have lived in Belgium for more than 2 years since July 1, 2010. The net salary after deduction of taxes and social security is about 26000 euros per year, or more, depending on seniority.

Applicants should be knowledgeable in machine learning, data mining, information visualisation, with a particular interest in manifold learning, dimensionality reduction and information retrieval. Applicants should have a strong background in computer science and applied mathematics.

A working knowledge of English language is mandatory. French is an optional asset.

Working location will be Louvain-la-Neuve, a lively pedestrian town in the suburbs of Brussels, where most of the Université catholique de Louvain is located. The work will be carried out in collaboration with Profs. John A. Lee
( and Michel Verleysen (, in the ICTEAM institute (

Application procedure: Interested individuals should send a CV, a brief statement of research and development interests (max. 1 page), and the names and contact details of two references by e-mail to John Lee
( with subject “Postdoc DRedVis”.

Candidates interested should send their application before March 15th, 2013; we reserve the right to accept late applications. The position will be available for an initial period of 1 year, with possible one-year extension after mid-term evaluation.