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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Post/s of Part-Time and Full-Time Research Support Officer I or II or III

4NSEEK - ISFP-2017-AG-CYBER (Proposal Nr 821966)
Forensic against child sexual exploitation


And Any Other Projects Undertaken by the Department of Systems and Control Engineering, Faculty of Engineering.

Functions of the post:

1. Applications are invited for Research Support Officers to work on the 4NSEEK research project co-financed through the ISFP-2017-AG-CYBER Call. The 4NSEEK project aims to support the process to prevent, detect, and stop child sexual abuse by developing IT tools for use by various international law enforcement agencies. The Computer Vision and Image Processing Group at the Department of Systems and Control Engineering plans to apply advanced computer vision, machine learning and AI methods to detect child sexual abuse in images and videos. The Research Support Officers may also be required to work on any other projects undertaken by the Department of Systems and Control Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering.

2. Applicants must be in possession of a research doctorate in a field related to image processing and/or computer vision for consideration for the post of RSO III; applicants who are presently enrolled and at an advanced stage in such a PhD programme may also be considered and will be upgraded to RSO III once these obtain their PhD. Applicants in possession of Masters qualifications in a field related to image processing and/or computer vision may be considered for the post of RSO II, whereas applicants with a first-cycle (Bachelors) degree in electronic engineering, computer science or related areas, may be considered for the post of RSO I. Applicants should be self-motivated and have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, be able to organise and prioritise tasks within the project timeline to meet interim deadlines; and possess good written communication skills and academic writing skills.

3. The full-time post is for a period of 18 months and the part-time post is for a minimum period of 6 months. The posts carries an initial annual remuneration of 31,200 or 15 per hour for those in possession of a PhD, 24,960 or 12 per hour for those in possession of a Master's degree, and 20,800 or 10 per hour for those in possession of a first degree.

4. Candidates should submit their letter of application, a copy of their curriculum vitae and a scanned copy of their certificates by e-mail to projects.hrmd@um.edu.mt and should be received by not later than 05.06.2019.

Late applications will not be considered.

5. Further information may be obtained from the website: http://www.um.edu.mt/hrmd/vacancies.

Further Information:

1. The Research Support Officers will be working on the 4NSEEK project co-financed through the ISFP-217-AG-CYBER Call in which the Computer Vision and Image Processing Group of the Department of Systems and Control Engineering is a Partner, together with a number of other European and international universities and law enforcement agencies. Further information about the project may be obtained from Prof. Kenneth P. Camilleri (email: kenneth.camilleri@um.edu.mt) and/or Dr Alexandra Bonnici (email: alexandra.bonnici@um.edu.mt). The Research Support Officers may also be required to work on any other projects undertaken by the Department of Systems and Control Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering.

2. The main duties and responsibilities of the appointees will consist of carrying out research and project management assistance duties including:

a. perform research as directed by the principal investigator at the University of Malta and key experts;
b. produce deliverables and related reports within the stipulated time frames as specified in the project description;
c. keep detailed progress reports and abide to all the conditions imposed by the project;
d. endeavour in generating technical and scientific conference/journal papers;
e. assist in the dissemination process via workshops, seminars and other events;
f. travel and attend meetings/conferences as the need arises;
g. take part in the submission of local and international research proposals to sustain related research beyond the funding of the project; and
h. perform any other tasks as instructed by the principal investigator at the University of Malta and key experts.

3. The appointees are expected to work at such places and during such hours as may be determined by the University authorities.

4. The selection procedure will involve:

a. scrutiny of qualifications and experience claimed and supported by testimonials and/or certificates (copies to be included with the application); and
b. an interview and / or extended interview.

5. The posts will be subject to a probationary period and to the provisions of the Statutes, Regulations and Bye-Laws of the University of Malta which are now or which may hereafter be in force.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 5th June 2019

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