Online event about the Collaborative doctoral programme was held on Tuesday, April 28 at 2PM (CET). The event's video can be found below.

We kindly invite students, interesting in research positions described below and the doctoral programme to see the video of the event and find more information about the call. At the event the research topics was presented, students told their experience in working at ISPRA and on the research topics. More information about the call was also presented at the event.



Call for collaborative doctoral programme

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) at Ispra, Italy, and the Faculty of Computer and Information Science of the University of Ljubljana (UL FRI), Slovenia, are calling for applications for two fully funded doctoral research positions in the research areas that require the application of machine learning (ML) and computer vision (CV) methods, in particular:


Machine learning for IoT security, which potentially includes:

  • ML modelling and analysis of sensory data and wireless network traffic, with the goal of deducing activities and interactions in the smart environment, profiling users, inferring private and sensitive information.
  • Developing possible countermeasures and mitigation techniques to the identified security threats.
  • Devising an automated system for security policy adaptation governing the behaviour of the smart devices.


Mentor's contact: Assist. Prof. dr. Veljko Pejović 


Biometrics for digital image forensic trace investigations, which potentially includes:

  • Unconstrained recognition challenges, such as detection, reconstruction and disentanglement of feature space.
  • Developing ML and CV algorithms for local and global-level feature detection and extraction from forensic trace with dimensionality reduction for robust feature selection.
  • Developing methods for performance prediction of comparison algorithms in forensic investigations.
  • Developing methods for presentation attack detection, with emphasis on reconstruction of 3D targets from forensic trace evidence for presentation attacks on latest generation sensors.


Mentor's contact: Prof. dr. Peter Peer


The doctoral degree programme is conducted in English and lasts four years, starting from October 1, 2020, during which the student will be jointly supervised by UL FRI and JRC, and will spend up to three years at JRC, Ispra, Italy (the remaining time at UL FRI). The call for applications provides funding for up to 4 years. After successfully completing the programme, the candidate will be awarded the doctoral degree by the University of Ljubljana.


The doctoral degree research position covers the tuition fees, competitive salary for the research work carried out at JRC (approximately 2200€ per month), and a researcher position at UL FRI for 1000+€ per month (candidates are expected to participate in teaching activities as well). The position includes daily travel and lunch allowance at UL FRI, travel and family allowance at JRC, as well as the administrative support at both institutions. 


For more detailed information about the monthly allowances, salaries and taxes at JRC please visit the Guide for Grantholders (employed at the Ispra site). For the same information at UL FRI, please contact


The deadline for applications is June 1, 2020. The call and application form will be published in the second week of April.

In addition to the above application for a collaborative doctoral degree, candidates must also apply for the University of Ljubljana doctoral programme.


For inquiries about the admission process please contact the International Office.