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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow – Collective Deep Learning and Networked Control for Multiple Collaborative Robot Systems

About the position

The Faculty of Engineering and Sciences at the University of Agder (UiA) has a joint Post-Doctoral Research Fellow position available within the fields of Deep Reinforcement Learning, Robotics and Cooperative Control. The position is within the Norwegian Research Council Long-term research project “Collective Efficient Deep Learning and Networked Control for Multiple Collaborative Robot Systems (DEEPCOBOT)”. The position is located at Campus Grimstad and will be shared among the Department of Engineering Sciences (50%) and the Department of Information and Communication Technology (50%), for a period of two years. The start date is negotiable with the Faculty.

Responsibilities

The overall goal of the DEEPCOBOT project is the design of a new generation of decentralized data-driven deep learning-based controllers for multiple coexisting collaborative robots (cobots), which can interact both between themselves and with human operators in order to collectively learn from each other’s experiences and perform cooperatively different complex tasks in a large-scale industrial process environment. The project is motivated by the increasing demand of automation in industry, especially the demand of a safer, more intuitive, more comfortable and more efficient collaboration between multiple cobots and human operators to integrate the best of human abilities (creativity, adaptivity, interaction) and robotic automation (speed, reliability, precision and inexhaustible task execution capability), while being robust across different environments and human operators. This project will lead to several important advances in the areas of machine learning, decentralized control for cobots, graph signal processing, design of cross-layer network protocols for distributed computation and collective intelligence across multiple cobots.

The position will cover theoretical advancements, algorithm design, as well as simulation and experimental evaluation, on two of the following research topics:

1)    Deep learning algorithms for the cobots to infer and predict the motion of human operators interacting with them, including also interpretable, active and transfer learning methods to speed up the learning process and the corresponding shared control strategies guiding the interaction between the cobot and human operators.

2)    Decentralized local controllers at the cobots using the reinforcement learning framework, where each cobot learns both from its local information and from other information about other cobots’ learning process in the neighborhood.

3)    Graph signal processing algorithms, graph neural networks and cross-layer network protocols to provide the required diffusion of information across the cobots so that both the deep learning process is efficient and stable, and the testing running phase is also executed correctly, satisfying the real-time and safety constraints, and minimizing energy consumption.

The project will be integrated in two Centers at UiA, namely, the Top Priority Research Center of Mechatronics and the NFR-Toppforsk funded WISENET Center at UiA, where the Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will benefit intellectually from the interaction with internationally recognized researchers, well-equipped environments and will build on and strengthen the established cooperation in AI, Machine Learning, industrial robotics, and autonomous networked cyber-physical systems with industry partners, such as ABB Norway, Mechatronics Innovation Lab (MIL), Omron Electronics Norway, and international partners including University of California San Diego (USA), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) and the University of Navarra (Spain). The project will give also the opportunity to pay extended visits to Universities in USA, Sweden and Spain. The robots used in this project are TIAGo robot, UR5 cobot, and ABB Yumi cobot.

Required qualifications

To be regarded as an eligible applicant, the candidates must have:

  • A PhD in either Robotics, ICT, Mechatronics, Control, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or other related disciplines. Having a PhD thesis on a topic specifically related to the position is an advantage. It is desirable that the applicant has defended her/his doctoral thesis within the last five years.
  • Candidates who are in the final stages of their PhD-project might be assessed. It is a prerequisite that the candidate can document an obtained PhD before the hiring process is completed.
  • Written and spoken English proficiency. 
  • The candidate must have expertise in the following areas:
    • Efficient deep learning and reinforcement learning
    • Advanced control theory
    • Robotics
  • In addition, the candidate is expected to have good programming skills or experience in Python, Matlab, C/C++, Robot Operating System (ROS), and relevant tools (e.g. Tensorflow, Keras, PyTorch, github).

Further provisions relating to the position as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the post of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident.

Desired qualifications

Additional solid knowledge and experience in some of the following areas will be a plus:

  • Advanced Optimization techniques.
  • Robot-related instrumentation and sensors.
  • Computer vision.
  • Graph signal processing, graph neural networks.
  • Wireless sensor networks and cyber-physical systems
  • Network communication protocols in industrial robotic environments.

The publication of scientific papers on high impact journals and first-class international conferences related to these topics will be taken into account positively, as well as the previous participation in other national or international projects related to the topics above.

Personal qualities

  • Scientific ambition, curious to learn and explore.
  • Quick learner, motivated and strong interest in cutting-edge research.
  • Good analytical, problem-solving and experimental skills.
  • Strong academic credentials.
  • Excellent written and spoken English language skills.
  • Capacity for goal-oriented work and ability to concentrate.
  • Good communication and team-working skills, inventiveness and a proactive attitude.
  • Capacity also to perform independent research
Fakultet for teknologi og realfag

We offer

  • World-class research facilities and the opportunity to work in a world-class research organisation with an excellent research environment. You will collaborate with top scientists in your field and have excellent prospects for personal development in an innovative working environment for aspiring researchers.
  • Positive, inclusive and diverse work environment.
  • Modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers.
  • Professional development in a large, exciting and socially influential organisation.
  • Membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

A post-Doctoral research position should function as an intermediate step in the research career following the completion of a PhD degree and preceding a faculty position in a university. For this reason, our Centers are committed to offering the suitable environment and activities that allow the post-doctoral researcher to: (i) consolidate her/his research maturity, (ii) develop her/his teaching and supervision skills by working and co-advising PhD students, and (iii) build up a solid resume that facilitates her/his incorporation to the academia as an assistant or associate professor.

More about working at UiA.

Information about why UiA provides an excellent working environment can be found here.

The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.510, code 1352 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, NOK 544 400-565 500 gross salary per year. Higher salary grades may be considered for particularly well-qualified applicants. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

General information

UiA is an open and inclusive university. We believe that diversity enriches the workplace and makes us better. We, therefore, encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position independent of gender, age, cultural background, disability or an incomplete CV.

Women are strongly encouraged to apply for the position. 

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interview. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment. More about the employment process.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act § 25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right. 

Application

The application and any other necessary information about education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically only. Use the link “Apply for this job“.

The following documentation shall be submitted as attachments to the online application:

  • CV with a complete list of scientific publications, indicating the main five scientific publications which the candidate wishes to particularly emphasise for the assessment process.
  • Certificates and transcripts with grades (Bachelor, Master and PhD).
  • A one-page summary of the PhD dissertation and electronic copy of your PhD thesis or link.
  • Justification (maximum five pages) of the background of the candidate for the requirements of the position (see description above about the knowledge areas that a candidate should have).
  • Project plan (maximum two pages) proposed by the candidate in relation to this post-doctoral position.
  • Names and contact information of two reference persons.
  • Any other relevant documentation.

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English.

Application deadline: 20.08.21

Contact

For questions about the position:

  • Professor Jing Zhou, tel. +47 37 23 31 91, e-mail jing.zhou@uia.no
  • Professor Baltasar Beferull Lozano, tel. +47 37 23 31 59, e-mail baltasar.beferull@uia.no
  • Head of Department of Engineering and Sciences, Geir Grasmo, tel. + 47 37 23 31 75, e-mail  geir.grasmo@uia.no.
  • Head of Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Folke Haugland, tel. +47 37 23 31 12, e-mail folke.haugland@uia.no

For questions about the application process:

Campus Grimstad

University of Agder

The University of Agder has more than 1400 employees and 13 000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.

We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.

Read the job description at the university homepage

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Deadline

20th August 2021

Post expires on Friday August 20th, 2021

PhD Research Fellow in mechatronics

About the position

A 100 % position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science as a PhD Research Fellow in Fellow in Mechatronics, affiliated to Top Research Centre Mechatronics at the Department of Engineering Sciences, for a period of three years. The position is located, at the present, at Campus Grimstad. The starting date is negotiable with the Faculty.

Responsibilities

This research fellow will be part of the R&D project AIMWind – Analytics for asset Integrity Management of Wind Farms (WFs). AIMWIND is a collaboration  between the University of Agder, NORCE in Norway, and TU Delft in The Netherlands. The main objective of AIMWind is to improve the lifecycle costs of WFs by improving availability during the design life and extending the operational life beyond that period.

This position focuses on the development of enhanced diagnostics and prognostics for windturbine (WT) rotating machinery, integrating of several individual condition monitoring systems to determine subsystem and WT-level health. Earlier work on condition monitoring at UiA on pitch and yaw systems will serve as a starting point.

Expected subtasks includes selecting appropriate sensors, developing physics- and data-driven based methods to monitor the health status of slected WT subsystems, and validating the proposed methods on scaled setups and WT data.

A close cooperation with other researchers working in the AIMWIND consortium and Top Research Centre Mechatronics is highly expected.

Required qualifications

  • Masters degree within Mechatronics, Mechanical, electrical engineering or renewable energy. This spring’s candidates who are in the closing stages of their master’s degree can also apply.  
  • English proficiency, both written and oral. International candidates that are not exempt from the English language requirements pursuant to the guidelines of the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT), must document this through one of the following tests with the stated results or better:
    • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language with a minimum score of 600 for the Paperbased Test (PBT), or 92 for the Internet-based Test (iBT)
    • IELTS – International English Language Testing System, with the result of 6.5

A prerequisite for employment is that the candidate is to be admitted to UiA’s PhD programme in Engineering and Science, Specialisation in Engineering Sciences, Scientific Field in Mechatronics.

Further provisions relating to the positions as PhD Research Fellows can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the post of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident.

Desired qualifications

  • Good experience in signal processing, fault diagnosis and prognosis, applied mathematics and machine learning.
  • Programming experience in e.g. Python, or MATLAB
  • Strong writing skills for research papers.
  •  Laboratory test and development

The working language at the University of Agder is Norwegian. Knowing Norwegian or another Scandinavian language is an advantage. Excellent English skill, both written and oral, is required to collaborate with other colleagues in the AIMWIND consortium.

Personal qualities

  • Excellent communication (both written and oral) and teamwork skills
  • Proactive, adaptive and open-minded
  • The candidate must have the ability to work independently and with a critical attitude.

Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasised.

Fakultet for teknologi og realfag

We offer

  • professional development in a large, exciting and socially influential organisation
  • a positive, inclusive and diverse working environment
  • modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers 
  • membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

More about working at UiA.

The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017 PhD Research Fellow, NOK 482 200 gross salary per year. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

General information

UiA is an open and inclusive university. We believe that diversity enriches the workplace and makes us better. We, therefore, encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position independent of gender, age, cultural background, disability or an incomplete CV.

Women are strongly encouraged to apply for the position. 

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interview. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment. Read more about the employment process.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act § 25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right. 

Application

The application and any necessary information about education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically. Use the link “Apply for this job“.

The following documentation must be uploaded electronically:

  • Certificates and certified transcripts for bachelor’s-, master’s degree. Applicants with foreign higher education must attach an official description of the grading system used at the issuing institution.
  • List and links of the applicant’s scientific publications, if any.
  • A one-page summary of Master’s thesis
  • References (referee names and contacts)
  • A short tentative research proposal of not more than 2 pages, including reference list, highlighting the background and research for the intended study that meets the research topic.  

Please do not submit large documents, like thesis or publications. If any additional information is required, the applicant will be informed later.

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English.

Application deadline: 12.07.21

Contact

For questions about the position:

For questions about the application process:

Campus Grimstad

University of Agder

The University of Agder has more than 1400 employees and 13 000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.

We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.

Read the job description at the university homepage

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Deadline

12th July 2021

Post expires on Thursday July 1st, 2021

PhD Research Fellow in cross-disciplinary project on new aid actors in humanitarian response

About the position

A 100 % position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Social Sciences as a PhD Research Fellow within the topic of humanitarian response and new actors, affiliated to the Department of Global Development and Planning (IGUS), for a period of three years or four years with 25% required duties. The position is located at Campus Kristiansand. The starting date is negotiable with the Faculty.

IGUS is an interdisciplinary department with 14 full-time research positions, a post-doc position, and 10 PhDs enrolled in the faculty‘s PhD programme. Members of staff are dedicated teachers and researchers working on poverty issues, various dimensions of globalisation, political economy, emergency management, climate challenges and environmental problems, development communication, migration, gender, integration, humanitarian and development actors, participatory processes, urban and regional planning and digitalisation of higher education. 

The specific PhD position is tied to the research cluster on Mobility, Gender and Culture.

Responsibilities

The PhD position will be part of an interdisciplinary research project across the social sciences (University of Agder, Norway) and modeling and simulation (Old Dominion University, USA). The topic concerns new aid actors in humanitarian response that ’pop up’ to meet emergent needs. Such actors are not new, but they are becoming increasingly influential. While some “pop-ups” are short-lived, others do develop into more permanent organisations and evolve into NGOs and INGOs. The UN has specifically acknowledged civic engagement, i.e. volunteer groups, as important stakeholders for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 SDGs. It is pertinent to understand their contribution when dealing with humanitarian emergencies.

The ongoing project methodologically unites social science and engineering research methodologies to advance a truly interdisciplinary approach that leverages qualitative and quantitative data through computer modeling.

To gain an increased understanding of such small scale actors, there is a need for cross-country comparison that relies on local data collection and computer models to establish their emergent commonalities and differences. A cross-contextual theory requires research on how and when such initiatives emerge in humanitarian crises, how their work is organised, and to what extent they challenge and/or complement existing humanitarian response.

We welcome proposals that engage with the description and questions outlined above and which acknowledge the need for cross-disciplinary work and perspectives. The ongoing project has data from Greece and Colombia, but candidates are free to suggest relevant case studies and contexts.

Required qualifications

Further provisions relating to the positions as PhD Research Fellows can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the post of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident.

The applicants must qualify for admission to the PhD Program in Social Sciences, specialisation in Global Development and Planning and must hold a master’s degree in social sciences or related fields with an average mark of B or better. Applicants who are in the process of finishing their master’s thesis are also welcome to apply for this position. 

We are looking for a candidate who has knowledge about the field of humanitarian aid and development and who is interested in exploring cross-disciplinary methodologies and dialogue, linking social sciences with modeling and simulation. The candidate should have experience with qualitative methodology, preferably also with quantitative methods,  preference will be given to those with computational backgrounds and experience in conducting qualitative fieldwork. Experience with computer programming and statistical analysis is a plus.

The applicant should have strong written and verbal communication skills in English, as this is the working language in the larger, cross – disciplinary project. Other languages are a plus. Evidence of the ability to publish academically in English is a plus.

Desired qualifications

  • Experience with novel data collection, particularly using advanced computational methods or ethnographic methods
  • Practical and/or theoretical experience in development research and practice
  • Computer programming experience or aptitude
  • Statistical analysis capabilities
  • Qualitative analysis capabilities
  • History of academic publication for conferences, journals, or other academic outlets
  • Experience and skill writing research funding proposals

Personal qualities

  • Demonstrated ability to work in virtual and team environments
  • Experience and flexibility for international travel, including immersive fieldwork
  • Openness to innovative and complex methods of cross-disciplinary collaboration
  • Strong orientation towards ethical research practices and cultural sensitivity for research in development contexts 
  • Able to take constructive criticism to improve research standards and practice
  • Thirst for knowledge and desire to transcend disciplinary silos

Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasised. 

Fakultet for samfunnsvitenskap

We offer

The opportunity to explore topics that create opportunities in academia, NGOs, government agencies, etc.

  • Work with a multinational/multidisciplinary team, across continents and cultures
  • Direct mentorship and supervision from a larger team – we want you to succeed
  • The opportunity to travel for data collection
  • Professional development in a large, exciting and socially influential organisation
  • A positive, inclusive and diverse working environment
  • Modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers 
  • Membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

More about working at UiA.

The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017 PhD Research Fellow, NOK 482.200 gross salary per year. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

General information

UiA is an open and inclusive university. We believe that diversity enriches the workplace and makes us better. We, therefore, encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position independent of gender, age, cultural background, disability or an incomplete CV.

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. The appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before the appointment. Read more about the employment process here.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act § 25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right. 

Application

The application and any necessary information about education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically. Use the link “Apply for the position”.

The following documentation must be uploaded electronically:

  • Certificates with grades
  • Master’s thesis or other relevant documentation
  • References
  • Relevant academic work
  • A project description addressing the description and questions outlined above, positioned within the larger cross – disciplinary project, with a maximum scope of 5 -10 pages, including the reference list. The outline should present and discuss possible research questions, theory perspectives, potential empirical material, a progress plan, and methods within the given framework

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English.

Application deadline: 1 August 2021.

Contact

For questions about the position:

For questions about the application process:

Campus Kristiansand

University of Agder

The University of Agder has more than 1400 employees and 13 000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.

We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.

Read the job description at the university homepage

Apply for this job

Deadline

1st August 2021

Post expires on Sunday August 1st, 2021