PARSEC : Postdoc Position is opening on ” Deep learning for poverty prediction from satellite images” – Closing date for applications: 15th February 2020

Location: FRB – CESAB, 5, rue de l’École de Médecine, 34000 MONTPELLIER
Salary: 2500€ gross/month
Contract: 3 years maximum, full time 
Closing date for applications: 15th February 2020
Starting date: May 2020
CESAB Montpellier, France is looking for a postdoc as part of the PARSEC project funded by the Belmont Forum and the Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB).
The candidate will implement and compare various deep learning architectures for characterizing poverty in the context of land desertification and predict consumption expenditure, using satellite images in various resolutions (e.g. Sentinel 2 sensor with 10 to 60 m resolution and 13 spectral bands, optical SPOT 6/7, and Pleiades images with spatial resolution of 1.5 m and 0.5 m respectively) and other data sources (e.g., the World Bank’s Living Standards Measurement Study surveys, LSMS –, the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS –, and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI –
The preferred start date is May 2020, but negotiable.
  • PhD in Computer Science in the field of deep learning and machine learning
  • Knowledge of satellite image analysis is a plus
  • Proficiency in Python programming
  • Fluent English
  • Good communication skills
  • Ambition to pursue high-profile and interdisciplinary research
Host structure
About FRB
The Foundation for research on biodiversity (FRB) was created in 2008. It gathers public research institutions, environmental NGOs, land and genetic resources managers and the private sector. It provides a forum where science meets society in order to address the current challenges related to biodiversity research.
About CESAB             
The Centre for Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity (CESAB) is FRB’s main programme and a leading research organization in Europe, with an international reputation. Launched in 2008 after the “Grenelle de l’Environnement” by the Ministries for research and for ecology, it was created by eight public research institutions (BRGM, CIRAD, CNRS, IFREMER, INRA, IRD, IRSTEA and MNHN), joined in 2014 by LVMH and in 2017 by the University of Montpellier.
Its aim is to implement the innovative work of synthesis and analysis of existing data in the field of biodiversity. Advancing knowledge, developing culture and collaboration, facilitating links between scientific disciplines and with the stakeholders, are the main objectives of CESAB, which welcomes every year a large number of researchers from all continents.
Application instructions
Please send your application to including:

  • a detailed CV (research activities, publications, programming skills)
  • a motivation lettre
  • the contact information of 2 referees.