The Computer Vision Center (CVC) offers ONE pre-doctoral research.

1. General Rules:

The object of this call is the selection of a candidate to work as pre-doctoral researcher in the Computer Vision Center. This selection process is subject to Law 14/2011, of 1 June, of Science, Technology and Innovation, by the CVC Statutes where applicable and the rest of the applicable labor law.

Fellowship recipients will have a temporary full-time working contract.

To have been granted and benefitted from this fellowship does not imply any commitment from the Computer Vision Center to the subsequent incorporation of the said fellowship recipient to the Center’s staff.

2. Outline of the fellowship:

The CVC offers pre-doctoral fellowships for research personnel in training to develop tasks within a scientific project in the field of Computer Vision, specified in Section 3 of this call. Selected candidates will enroll to the official PhD Program.

3. Candidates’ Requirements:

Candidates should not have benefitted, prior to the submission of the application, of a pre-doctoral contract for more than 12 months.

Candidates will have to comply with all the accession requirements to the PhD program at the moment of acceptance.

Non-EU candidates need a work and residence permit before the contract is official.

Nº of positions1
Position:PhD fellowships in Continual Learning for Deep Neural Networks
Description:The aim of this project is to develop new methods for continual learning of artificial neural networks. This involves research about transfer learning, multi-task learning, representation learning, and domain adaptation (but not only that).  
Specific requirements•                    MSc on Computer Vision or Machine Learning
•                    Previous experience with deep learning techniques and main frameworks (PyTorch, Tensorflow)
•                    Prior experience with vision models will be positively evaluated
•                    Prior experience in research and scientific publications will be positively evaluated
Fluent spoken and written English will be necessary
Selection CommitteeDr. Bartlomiej Twardowski Dr. Joost Van de Weijer Dr. Bogdan Raducanu

4. Duration of the fellowship:

The fellowship has a duration of 4 years and it’s carried out through a pre-doctoral contract. If the pre-doctoral fellow obtains his/her PhD title before the start of the 4th year of the fellowship, he/she will be authorized to be contracted this last year as a post-doctoral researcher with a raise in the salary, higher than in the pre-doctoral phase.

At the end of each fellowship year, the fellow will have to submit a work report, stating the objectives and work plan of the following year, as well as a positive report from his/her thesis director. The renewal of the fellowship for the following year is subject to the positive review of the academic committee of the PhD program. The contract can be terminated if the evaluation is negative.

5. Payment:

Candidates will receive 16.971,60 euros gross/ year during the first two years; 18,183,90 euros gross/ year during the third year; and 22.729,88 euros gross/ year during the fourth year. The corresponding employee’s taxes (IRPF and Social Security) will be deducted from these gross amounts in accordance with the current legislation and in agreement with what it is established in the Statute of the Training Research Personnel, approved by Royal Decree 63/2006, of 27 January.

6. Incorporation:

The start date of the fellowship is 1 February 2023. If the selected candidate is from a non-EU country, his/her incorporation to the position will take place after the candidate has all necessary permits to work and reside in Spain.

7. Incompatibilities:

This fellowship is not compatible with any other fellowship or grant that has the same objective and is financed with public or private funds; Spanish or European, as well as any wage or salary that involve a contractual or statutory relation.

It could be authorized payments coming from educational tasks (courses, conferences or speeches) or research tasks (books, papers), directly associated to the research, and provided that they have a sporadic and not regular nature. The said payments cannot exceed the 30% of the total fellowship annual amount. The authorization is given by the Director of the CVC.

8. Submission of applications:

Candidates should apply by filling in the application form at the end of the page. The deadline to submit applications is 8 January 2023.

Candidates should send a CV and academic record of his/her degree. The marks obtained in the courses should be included in the academic record. When submitting documents issued by foreign education centers, these should be submitted in accordance to the PhD program requirements. You can only upload one file that should include all required documents.

If submissions are incomplete or with mistakes that could be corrected, candidates will be required to correct the said mistakes within the next 10 working days. In the case the mistakes are not corrected within the given period, the submission will be considered as invalid and it will be excluded.

The list with the definitive candidates will be published on the CVC announce board and will be emailed to the selected candidates.

9. Evaluation criteria:

The committee will take into consideration the following data:

  • CV and academic record
  • Specific expertise required on the call
  • Other merits that can be corroborated (like quality of previous scientific publications)

If the position requires some specific knowledge, it will be announced accordingly in the text of the call.

Evaluation of applications:

Applications received until 8 January 2023 will be taken into consideration for evaluation. The resolution of the fellowship will be published on 13 January 2023 and it will name the selected candidate and, if available, the substitute’s list.

In the case that no candidate is selected on the said date, the process will continue open until the position is filled.

10. Resignation and admission of substitutes

If the resignation of the selected candidate is done before he/she signs the official contract, the substitute candidate can directly occupy the position. The substitute candidate could also be called if the selected candidate does not fulfill all the necessary requirements to be hired.

11. Transition from the pre-doctoral stage to the post-doctoral orientation period.

If the pre-doctoral researcher defends and passes his/her PhD thesis before the start of the last year of the fellowship, previous confirmation of the defense of the thesis as well as passing it, the post-doctoral contract would be made official. These contracts will be full-time and will last for one year with a salary as established in section 5.

12. Modifications

The modification of the initial conditions of the fellowship and the period of time for its execution should be authorized by the CVC, who can request any information deemed suitable.

13. Interruptions

The following situations will not be considered as part of the contract: temporary disability, pregnancy risk, maternity leave or leave for adoption or foster care, risk during lactation and paternity leave. In these cases, the candidate can request the recovery of this time at least 2 months prior to the end of the contract. In order to calculate the suspension period, the beneficiary entities should send to the CVC the certification or accreditation of the corresponding registration and cancellation. The recovery period will be performed at the end of the last year and for the period of time that has been justified by the beneficiary entity.

Any other interruption situation of the fellowship that is not contemplated in this section shall be communicated and approved by the thesis supervisor and will be evaluated by the CVC board of direction that will have to give its conformity and set forth the conditions together with the thesis director.

14. Breach of contract

The total or partial unfulfillment of the requirements and obligation established in this resolution and other applicable laws, as we as the conditions that, in its case, established in the corresponding resolution award, will in turn produce, previous creation of a breach of contract file, the loss of the right of the fellowship.

Bellaterra, 19 December 2022

Josep Lladós Canet


* In reference to Article 121 (Personnel Regulations) of the Public Sector Procedures Law 40/2015, dated 1 October 2015, candidates from the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, as entities of the consortium, will have preference.

* This fellowship is partially funded by grant RYC2021-032765-I, funded by MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033 and by the European Union “NextGenerationEU”/ PRTR.