Postdoc Position in Computational Creativity

Postdoc Position in Computational Creativity

Research area or group: Research Lab on Image Sequence Evaluation

The Computer Vision Center seeks applications to fill a postdoctoral junior position focused on Data Science for Creativity and Mental Health Analysis.

The selected candidate will collaborate in the project Zero Forgetting In Neural Networks: Continual Learning With Anomaly Detection In Image Sequences (ALETHEIA) on handling misinformation on social media, funded by Spanish Government (PID2020-120611RB-I00).

The position is for working on a transdisciplinary project as a unique opportunity for a skilled Data Scientist to lead the development of an advanced creativity assessment method. The aim of this position will be to leverage cutting-edge machine learning techniques, collaborate with experts in psychology and neuroscience, and play a pivotal role in preprocessing text data from creative experiments. Planned tasks will include the design and implementation of groundbreaking creativity metrics, by applying Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Large-scale Language Models. Thus, data science expertise will be crucial in exploring the intricate connections between creativity, predictive processing, and mental health through advanced statistical analyses and machine learning models. Joining our team means not only contributing to the effective measurement of creativity but also pioneering insights that will impact mental health. This position offers a unique chance to apply your skills in a dynamic research environment with tangible applications in educational and therapeutic domains.

Main responsibilities:

● Text Data Analysis for Measuring Creativity
● Collaboration in Defining and Implementing Creativity Metrics
● Application of NLP and Machine Learning Techniques in Creativity Assessment
● Exploration of the Relationship between Creativity, Predictive Processing, and Mental Health

Job knowledge, skills and experience:

Candidates must have knowledge and/or experience in:

● PhD on Computer Science or Information Technology (finished, or to be finished before 2024)
● Technical skills on Data Science, Information Retrieval, Machine Learning
● Expertise on Natural Language Processing
● The candidate must be an effective communicator, multitask, and work well on collaborative and interdisciplinary designs
● Ability to think creatively
● Ability to work independently and make decisions
● Ability to take initiative, prioritize and work under set deadlines and pressure

Highly valuable skills:

Candidates with the following knowledge and/or experience will be evaluated positively, but are not mandatory:

● Familiar with Data Science and Machine Learning
● Experience with Large Language Models
● Experience with multimodal data analysis
● Experience with data analysis tools and frameworks (R and Python libraries)
● Prior publications on top ranked journals and conferences addressing mental health characterization
● Experience developing predictive models with multimodal data


The position will be located at Computer Vision Centre (Campus Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

● Full-time open-ended contract due to technical and scientific activities (Llei Ciència) linked to the project and budget duration
● A good environment, flexible working hours
● Salary in accordance with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and to the salary regulations of the entity
● Starting date: February 01, 2024

The Computer Vision Center

The Computer Vision Center (CVC) is a non-profit research center established in 1995 by the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Its mission is to carry out cutting-edge research that has the highest international impact in the field of computer vision. It also promotes the transference of knowledge to industry and society.

Computer vision is an exciting research area and an omnipresent technology, essentially empowering machines with the sense of vision. The CVC is a successful marriage between knowledge and innovation. In addition to our cutting-edge scientific achievements, we have established lasting ties with industrial partners and created several spin-off companies.

Deadline: 26/01/2024

All application must include a full CV in English including contact details and must be sent through the form at the bottom of this offer.

This position is linked to the project PID2020-120611RB-I00 funded by MCIN/ AEI/ 10.13039/501100011033 (Spanish Government).

OTM-R principles for selection processes

The CVC is committed to Open Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment (OTM-R) for any potential candidate in all our processes. In 2015 we received the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) award. Through an extensive and continuous process, we improve the conditions and opportunities at CVC. With these actions, the CVC is committed to the principles of the European Charter for Researchers, as well as the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. For more information follow this link.

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.

En referència a l’Artícle 121 de la Llei 40/2015, d'1 d'octubre, de Règim Jurídic del Sector Públic, de règim de personal, tindran preferència les candidatures provinents de l'administració de la Generalitat de Catalunya i de la UAB com a entitats consorciades.