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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in environmental history

About the position

A fixed-term 100 % position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Humanities and Education as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in environmental history, affiliated to the Department of Religion, Ethics and History, for a period of 3 years. The position is located, at present, at Campus Kristiansand.

The starting date is negotiable with the Faculty.

Responsibilities

The post doctor position shall design and carry out the co-project The Plastification of everyday life and working life along the coast. Life, practices and perspectives on plastics, over three generations, 1945-2020.

The Postdoctoral position will be part of the research project Deadly Dreams – The Cultural History of Poison, 1840-2020. The project investigates the cultural history of environmental poisons in a generational perspective, at different areas of society and over time. The project focuses on humans’ everyday experiences with harmful substances that, whether known or unknown at the time, caused degraded living conditions and harm to human- or environmental health.

The project is part of an international research network in environmental humanities. It analyses the historical background for The Toxic Epidemic, one of the present day´s major challenges for the environment, health, living conditions and sustainability. The person who is engaged must join in close cooperation with the project leader and the rest of the research group.

The postdoc researcher must work within the joint theoretical and methodical framework of the research project, and design and carry out a sub-project within this joint project. The postdoc position will also involve some research-administrative tasks, and it will be expected that the candidate contributes in the development of the research group and the training environments around the PhDs and MA-students in the research group.

Required qualifications

Further provisions relating to the positions as Post-doctoral 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.

  • PhD in history with a thematic focus after 1840.
  • Experience with social, cultural or environmental historical research perspectives.
  • Experience with working with historical primary sources, including hand-written material in different types of public archives.
  • A five page project description as basis for discussion of the postdoc´s own  sub-project.
  • Candidates must have defended their PhD-thesis prior to the application deadline.

The working language of the research group is Scandinavian and English. The person employed must be fluent in Scandinavian and / or English, oral and written.

Desired qualifications

  • It is hoped that applicants will have presented their thesis during the last five years.

Emphasis will be placed upon the project description and the relevance it has with regard to the subject in question and the research environment at the Faculty.

Personal qualities

  • Good cooperative skills, enthusiasm and flexibility
  • Motivation to contribute to the development of results, coherence, theoretical advancements and progress within the joint research project
  • The motivation for and ability to help develop the research competence of the junior researchers in the project. 
  • Ability to adopt and apply relevant theoretical perspectives.
  • Good skills in communication and dissemination of research.

Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasised.

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We offer

  • participation in an innovative and international research group.
  • Mentoring by the project leader in the process of building competence and qualifications in the postdoc position.
  • 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 17.510, code 1352, NOK 552 800 – 573 100 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 appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for an 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. 

In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.

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 with grades
  • List of publications
  • Doctoral thesis
  • Up to 10 academic articles and R&D projects which the candidate wishes to particularly emphasise for the assessment process
  • A description of the applicant’s research interests, the background for the thesis question that the applicant wishes to work on, and its relevance for the advertised position. A brief overview of relevant research pertaining to the design of assignments and relevant issues for research should also be included here
  • Project plan
  • 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: 15.08.2020

Contact

For questions about the position:

For questions about the application process:

Seniorrådgiver Sevleta Memic, sevleta.memic@uia.no, tlf. +47 38 14 20 94, mobil +47 951 83 570

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

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Deadline

15th August 2020

Post expires on Saturday August 15th, 2020

PhD Research Fellow in ICT – Tsetlin machines and microsystems

About the position

A fixed-term 100% position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science as a PhD Research Fellow, affiliated to the Department of Information and Communication Technology, for a period of 3 years. The position is located at Campus Grimstad. The starting date is as soon as possible or to be negotiated with the Faculty.

The Department of ICT has three large and active research groups in Information and Communication Technology including 8 Professors, 20 Associate Professors/Assistant professors and about 20 Research Fellows on the PhD programme in ICT. The Department of ICT pursues a variety of research interests, focusing especially on ICT and crisis management, artificial intelligence, eLearning and eHealth. The department has successfully led a number of large research projects funded by the Research Council of Norway, the EU research programmes FP7 and H2020 as well as national and international industries.

Responsibilities

The PhD Research Fellow will be associated with the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research at the University of Agder, and will work closely with the microSystems Research Group at Newcastle University, UK.

The Fellow will perform research on next-generation machine learning methods, building upon recent advances in Tsetlin machines. Tsetlin machines are the next frontier in interpretable energy-efficient machine learning, and the fellow will have the opportunity to develop novel Tsetlinmachine based approaches for enhancing the intelligence and adaptability of microsystems. Key challenges include (1) developing varieties of Tsetlin machines for microsystems with low power and low complexity, (2) developing hardware for Tsetlin machines with low computational and power requirement, (3) applications of the developed microsystem in various implementations, such as IoTs. The overarching goal is to apply Tsetlin machine for pervasive AI hardware prototype in different applications.

Research topics

Research topics for the PhD Research Fellow include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Tsetlin machine and learning automata
  • Asynchronous logic for hardware implementation
  • Explore the potential of intelligent power-compute co-design for pervasive AI systems
  • Application of microsystems, such as IoTs

Required qualifications

  • Master’s degree in ICT, Computer Science, Electronics, or a similar/related field and document competence in areas relevant to the position. The candidate who is in the final stage of the master’s education within the relevant field may also be considered, given that a master’s degree is to be achieved before the enrollment of this position.
  • The ideal candidate will have expertise in the following areas:
    • Machine learning FPGA/ASIC design
    • Microsystems/embedded systems
    • IoTs
    • Strong academic credentials
  • Written and spoken English proficiency
  • Applicants from some countries must document their English proficiency 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 550 on the Paper-based Test (PBT), or 80 on the Internet based Test (iBT); I
    • ELTS – International English Language Testing System, with a result of at least 6.0. Please check this list to see if an English test is required. Please note that the English test requirement applies to applicants from most countries according to the list mentioned above. No other English tests will be approved, and certifications/statements cannot replace an English test.

The PhD Research Fellow must be admitted to UiA’s PhD Programme in Engineering and Science, specialization in ICT, Scientific Field in Artificial Intelligence, within three months of appointment. The following admission requirements apply to the PhD programme:

  • The average grade for courses included in the bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) should be C (or equivalent) or higher;
  • The average grade for courses included in the master’s degree (or equivalent) should be B (or equivalent) or higher;
  • The master’s thesis (or equivalent) should have a grade B (or equivalent) or higher when the candidate is admitted to the PhD program.

Applications from applicants who already hold a PhD will normally not be considered.

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.

Personal qualities

Personal suitability, good communication and teamwork skills, inventiveness, and a proactive approach, will be emphasized in the evaluation as well as relevant practical experience. The PhD Research Fellow will be expected to contribute to an active research community that promotes the personal and professional growth of the doctoral candidate.

The position places great demands on the applicant’s capacity for independent goal-oriented work, ability to concentrate and attention to detail. In return, we offer the opportunity to contribute to the strategic capabilities of a world-class research organization, along with intensive PhD supervision. You will collaborate with top scientists in your field and have excellent prospects for personal development in an innovative working environment for aspiring researchers.

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic background and results, attainment, and any previous research and development work.

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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 479 600 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:

  • CV
  • Certificates and/or grades for all post-secondary education, up to and including the bachelor’s level
  • Master’s degree/higher degree certificate, with a summary of the courses/subjects included in the degree; For those who are in the final stage of the Master’s education but without a Master’s degree yet, the transcripts without the results of thesis can be provided; The evaluation result of the thesis can be provided later.
  • Applicants with a foreign higher education must attach an official description of the grading system used at the issuing institution;
  • Summary (approximately 1-2 pages) of the master’s thesis;
  • Applicants who are required to document their English proficiency must submit their TOEFL or IELTS test results (these may be forwarded after the closing date);
  • Summary or links to the applicant’s scientific publications (if any);
  • A description of the candidate’s research interests and background for the project applied for

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: 15.08.20

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

15th August 2020

Post expires on Saturday August 15th, 2020

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Coastal Ecology

About the position

The University of Agder (UiA) invites applications for a three-year, full-time, fixed-term appointment as Post-doctoral Research Fellow in coastal ecology at the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Natural Sciences. The successful candidate must be prepared to split his/her working hours between Campus Kristiansand and the facilities of Akvalab Sør in Lister. Starting date is flexible but preferably no later than 15 October 2020.

The marine group at the Department of Natural Sciences comprises around 20 people including professors, professors II, researchers II, Postdocs, and PhD fellows. The successful candidate will also benefit from collaboration within the Centre for Coastal Research (CCR) which includes GRID-Arendal, NIVA, the University of Oslo, and the Institute of Marine Research. CCR is currently a Priority Research Centre at UiA.

Responsibilities

The position is connected to the Innakva project, which is funded by the Sørlandet Knowledge Foundation and aims to facilitate collaboration between research, innovation and the blue industry of the region.

We are looking for a highly motivated Post-doctoral Research Fellow interested in phytoplankton dynamics and the development of new tools in optics and/or genetics as well as the use of microscopy to study protist bloom dynamics focusing on HAB species.

The successful candidate will work with researchers and the regional blue industry to develop an early-warning system for developing harmful algae blooms (HABs) and will work with developing new tools to identify potential harmful algal blooms at an early stage. The candidate will work to strengthen the relationship between UiA and the marine sector and enhance our shared R&D capacity.

Required qualifications

The successful candidate should hold a PhD degree (at the starting date) in a relevant field. Some experience with morphological identification of micro-or mesoplankton is a prerequisite for the position.

Proficiency in oral and written English is required.

Further provisions relating to the positions 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

Skills and experience within phytoplankton diversity, microscopy, and the use of molecular tools are an advantage. Relevant practical experience from marine fieldwork will be emphasized along with personal suitability and good teamwork skills.

Personal qualities

The Post-doctoral Research Fellow will be expected to take part in a binding cooperation with the research group and contribute to an active research environment that will give opportunities for personal and professional development. The appointee must have the ability to work in a goal-oriented, organized, focused, and independently way.

During the assessment process emphasize will be placed on the applicant’s previous work, MSc and PhD thesis, as well as any other previous research and development work.

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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
  • a budget for travels to international conferences, courses etc. and additional scholarships for research stays abroad
  • 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 17.510, code 1352, NOK 532 300 – 583 900 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.

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.

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”.

Please make sure you attach the following documents to your online application:

  • Application letter (max. 1 page): describe why you apply for the position and how your experiences and skills fit the description of the position.
  • A short project description (max. 3 pages) that present your ideas for the project, including the relevance of the research, theory perspectives, possible data, methods and references.
  • CV (max. 3 pages): include information on education, work experience, scientific and R&D work, publication list, and names of two references.
  • Diplomas, transcripts and up to three (3) letters of reference.
  • Full PhD thesis (or link to an online version in your CV).
  • Up to five (5) scholarly and other relevant publications which the applicant wishes to include for assessment (or links to open sources).
  • Other important documentation.

Original documents of the certificates/diplomas and transcripts of records or authenticated copies of the original documents with a stamp, date, and readable signature from a public office (e.g. university, college, or police) must be presented before appointment.

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be submitted in one of the Scandinavian languages or English.

Application deadline: 14.08.20.

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

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Deadline

14th August 2020

Post expires on Friday August 14th, 2020

PhD Research Fellow in Environmental Communication, Participation and Policy-Making

About the position

A 100 % position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Social Sciences as a PhD Research Fellow in Environmental Communication, Participation and Policy-Making, affiliated to the Department of Global Development and Planning, for a period of three years, or four years with 25 % required duties. The position is located at the Kristiansand campus.

The starting date will be in early 2021, and is, to some extent, negotiable with the Faculty.

The Faculty of Social Sciences has four departments: Department of Political Science and Management, Department of Global Development and Planning, Department of Information Systems, and Department of Sociology and Social Work.

The Department of Global Development and Planning has thirteen permanent academic staff, one postdoctoral fellow and ten PhD research fellows. The Department has research and teaching experience in climate and environmental issues, social movements, city and regional planning, local development and participation processes, digital communications and e-learning, gender, integration and mobility, poverty issues, globalisation and political economy, state and welfare politics in the South, rural/urban migration, natural disasters and crisis management.

About the research project 

As issues such as the environment and climate change become more prominent in public debates, Norway’s green policies such as the implementation of regional area & transport plans and city growth agreements are becoming increasingly contested at the local level.

Established forms of climate policy-making, participation and communication are being transformed and disrupted by new actors and social movements. These processes are often highly localised, while connecting disparate communities across national and international boundaries. Horizontal and decentralised forms of digital communications now play a key role. These changes offer new opportunities for effective institutional participation and communication, but they also produce challenges that need to be addressed by administrators and politicians at the municipality and county levels, as the recent wave of protests against road tolls in Norway shows.

The PhD student hired for this project will focus on deepening the understanding of these issues, with an emphasis on the links between climate policy, popular participation and digital communications at intersecting scales, esp. the role that local and regional governance play in the implementation of effective climate policies. The study will produce policy-relevant academic knowledge that will benefit the Agder region and Norway more broadly. The qualitative data collection will involve in-depth interviews, focus groups and co-production workshops with administrators, politicians, local citizens and anti-road tolls activists affected by and/or involved in the design, negotiation and implementation of regional area & transport plans (areal- og transportplaner) and city growth agreements (byvekstavtaler) in three areas: Kristiansand’s region and Arendal’s region in Agder county, and one region to be chosen for comparison in Rogaland, where much of road tolls protest activity took place.

The methodology also includes: media and documentary analysis; and advanced methods of quantitative social network analysis for tracking the diffusion, reception and transformation of messages in hybrid social networks (the network analysis will be carried out with one of the supervisors, and no previous skills in quantitative network analysis are required for this post).
 

Co-production with research participants will be part of the methodology, to produce high quality academic knowledge that is impactful and inclusive, and that can spur positive change in local governments and communities involved in the study, and in other locations across Norway where similar issues are experienced. Implicit and explicit comparison with secondary data and analyses from other Nordic, European and transnational contexts will also be sought out to situate Norwegian experiences in a global perspective.

Responsibilities

The PhD Research Fellow will take the lead in carrying out the research project described above, working closely with the project leaders Vito Laterza (Associate Professor in Developpment Studies) and Alexander Ruser (Professor of Sociology), who will also act as his supervisors.

The Fellow will also benefit from affiliaton with the Department of Sociology and Social Work, which offers research and teaching expertise in Sociology, Social Work and Child Welfare. The Fellow will also be attached to the Centre for Digital Transformation, which is a priority research centre of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and has an active working group on sustainability and digitalisation.

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 Programme in Social Sciences and must hold a master’s degree in development studies, anthropology, sociology, geography, communication, or other relevant subject with a strong qualitative research training component 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. Fluency in written and oral English is a prerequisite.

More information about the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences. 

Desired qualifications

  • Previous experience in research on environmental communication, participation and policy-making
  • Knowledge of the Norwegian context of environmental communication, participation and policy-making
  • Fluent in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language for the purpose of research and co-production activities with research participants

Personal qualities

  • Independent and self-driven
  • Strong teamworking and collaborative skills
  • Curious and willing to learn new knowledge, pushing beyond conventional boundaries
  • Ability to contribute to academic discussions and innovative research activities
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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 479.600 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. 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 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:

  • Higher education certificates with grades
  • Master’s thesis (or advanced draft, if you have not yet completed your master’s degree)
  • References
  • Academic work, policy projects and/or other R&D projects, as well as a list of these works;
  • Project description with a maximum scope of 5 pages, excluding reference list. The outline should present and discuss possible research questions, theory perspectives, 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 English or a Scandinavian language.

Application deadline: 2 August 2020.

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

2nd August 2020

Post expires on Sunday August 2nd, 2020

PhD Research Fellow in Mathematics Education

About the position

A 100 % position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science as a PhD Research Fellow in Mathematics Education, affiliated to the Department of Mathematical Sciences, for a period of three years, or for suitable candidates four years with 25% required duties. The position is located, at present, at Campus Kristiansand. The starting date is negotiable with the Faculty.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences has a large and active research group in mathematics education, MERGA, with about 20 fellows on its PhD programme. The research group MERGA was rated very high in a national survey of educational research conducted by The Research Council of Norway in 2017, and since autumn 2018 has been recognised as one of five Top Research Centres at the University of Agder. The person appointed will join this research group. The group pursues a variety of research interests focusing especially on five main strands within mathematics education: Teaching and learning mathematics in kindergarten and early school years; Teaching and learning mathematics in higher education; Mathematics teaching and learning in teacher education and professional development; Emergent technologies in mathematics teaching and learning; Mathematics in non-mathematical practices.

MatRIC, The Centre for Research, Innovation and Coordination of Mathematics Teaching is a national Centre for Excellence in Higher Education, established in January 2014, and is led by the Department of Mathematical Sciences. The person appointed, with research in an appropriate area could contribute to the work and development of the Centre.

The mathematics education research group has substantial and on-going experience of leading and contributing to large research projects funded by The EU, The Research Council of Norway, Nordforsk, the Competence Development Fund of Southern Norway, and others. The Department has hosted the Nordic Graduate School in Mathematics Education and contributes actively to the Nordic mathematics education community. The University of Agder has excellent library support and collection of research literature in mathematics education (in English and Scandinavian languages) and on-line access to all leading journals in the field.

Responsibilities

Proposals are sought that seek to explore and understand better mathematics education in any of the three following areas.

1. Reasoning and argumentation in primary school mathematics

In Norway and internationally, reasoning and argumentation are increasingly considered to be topics that should be addressed in primary schools. However, it is not clear how this can be done or even what is meant by ‘reasoning and argumentation’ in the primary school context. This is in part because these topics, until recently, were seen as inaccessible to younger pupils. A limited amount of research has been done on this topic, which has shown that younger pupils are capable of such thinking. Now, in some places, including Norway with the latest new curriculum “Fagfornyelsen”, school curricula are changing to recognise this. However, most teachers in primary schools have not been prepared to include reasoning and argumentation in their teaching.

More research is needed especially on the design, implementation and evaluation of learning environments that promote reasoning and argumentation. A fellow undertaking this research area will work on school based research on the teaching and learning of reasoning and argumentation.

2. Development of knowledge and skills in initial mathematics teacher education and early years of teaching career

Growing pedagogical and didactical demands are broadening and deepening teachers’ roles in schools.  To become effective teachers, policy makers and researchers point to the importance of subject matter and pedagogical content knowledge, competences to plan and manage classroom discourse and the ability to maintain a classroom milieu that supports the development of higher order thinking skills. What are optimal conditions within teacher education programmes that support the development of the required knowledge, skills and competences? Are there patterns in the experiences of individuals during their time in initial teacher education programmes and in early years of their careers? Projects that follow this line of research may range from phenomenological approaches to case studies or mixed or quantitative research designs. 

3. Using biosensor technology to advance mathematics education research

Rapid developments of technology offer possibilities unknown earlier for studying human behavior.  New tools such as eye-tracking, electroencephalography, galvanic skin response, facial expression analysis are now affordable for educational research. Real-time measurements of autonomous and nonconscious responses and brain activity offer insights into students’ actions, thinking and feelings facilitating innovative research on cognitive load and brain synchrony and suggest new ways to look at classical problems regarding expert-novice comparisons, mathematics tasks/text design, multimedia learning, and mathematical reasoning in different contexts. Research using these technologies on processes of learning from alternative sources (both print and digital) and mathematical reasoning in contexts of graphic, visual, text and symbolic representations at all levels would be welcome.

Required qualifications

The candidate must hold a cand. scient. or master’s degree in Mathematics or Mathematics Education or other field with a strong mathematics component (e.g. Physics). This year’s master’s candidates/candidates who are in the closing stages of their master’s degree can also apply. A teaching qualification is also essential for areas one and two above.

For candidates with research proposals in area 3, also candidates with background from cognitive psychology or neuroscience including use of biosensing technology will be considered.

The successful applicant must have written and spoken English proficiency. Applicants from some countries must document their English proficiency through one of the following tests or certificates:

  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language with a minimum score of 600 on the Paper-based Test (PBT), or a minimum of 92 on the Internet based Test (iBT);
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing System, with a result of at least 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5. (only Academic IELTS test accepted).
  • CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) certificate of at least Level B2.

The list of countries this pertains to can be found here

Possible categories of applicants from particular countries may be exempted, see here.

Please note that the English test requirement applies to applicants from most countries according to the list mentioned above. No other tests will be approved, and certifications/statements cannot replace a test.

The applicant must submit an approved project description within three months of appointment.

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

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

Length of school experience and knowledge of Norwegian or Scandinavian language will be taken into account in the selection of a suitable candidate. At the University of Agder, PhD dissertations may be written in Norwegian, another Scandinavian Language or English.

Personal qualities

Personal suitability and good teamwork skills will be emphasized in the evaluation as well as relevant practical experience. Research Fellows are expected to contribute to the active research community at the University. The position places demands on the applicant’s capacity for independent goal-oriented work, ability to concentrate and attention to detail. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic background and results, attainment, and any previous research activity, in addition to a (preliminary) research proposal submitted with the application (see below).

Research visits to an external institution or with a national or international partner for part of the period of employment may be anticipated.

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 479 600 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. 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 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:

  • A letter of application which includes a rationale for applying for the position together with an outline of the applicant’s research interests and background for the proposed project
  • Certificates with grades
  • Master’s thesis
  • References
  • A list, summary and links to the applicant’s scientific publications if produced must be included if the be considered
  • A short research proposal (preliminary) that sets out background, rationale, recent work and research design for the intended study.This should not extend beyond about 5 pages, but it will form an important part of the evaluation of candidates. It must be made clear to which of the three listed topic areas above the proposal relates.
  • 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: 22.06.20

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

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Deadline

22nd June 2020

PhD Research Fellow in ICT – Tsetlin machines and microsystems

About the position

A fixed-term 100% position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science as a PhD Research Fellow, affiliated to the Department of Information and Communication Technology, for a period of 3 years. The position is located at Campus Grimstad. The starting date is as soon as possible or to be negotiated with the Faculty.

The Department of ICT has three large and active research groups in Information and Communication Technology including 8 Professors, 20 Associate Professors/Assistant professors and about 20 Research Fellows on the PhD programme in ICT. The Department of ICT pursues a variety of research interests, focusing especially on ICT and crisis management, artificial intelligence, eLearning and eHealth. The department has successfully led a number of large research projects funded by the Research Council of Norway, the EU research programmes FP7 and H2020 as well as national and international industries.

Responsibilities

The PhD Research Fellow will be associated with the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research at the University of Agder, and will work closely with the microSystems Research Group at Newcastle University, UK.

The Fellow will perform research on next-generation machine learning methods, building upon recent advances in Tsetlin machines. Tsetlin machines are the next frontier in interpretable energy-efficient machine learning, and the fellow will have the opportunity to develop novel Tsetlinmachine based approaches for enhancing the intelligence and adaptability of microsystems. Key challenges include (1) developing varieties of Tsetlin machines for microsystems with low power and low complexity, (2) developing hardware for Tsetlin machines with low computational and power requirement, (3) applications of the developed microsystem in various implementations, such as IoTs. The overarching goal is to apply Tsetlin machine for pervasive AI hardware prototype in different applications.

Research topics

Research topics for the PhD Research Fellow include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Tsetlin machine and learning automata
  • Asynchronous logic for hardware implementation
  • Explore the potential of intelligent power-compute co-design for pervasive AI systems
  • Application of microsystems, such as IoTs

Required qualifications

  • Master’s degree in ICT, Computer Science, Electronics, or a similar/related field and document competence in areas relevant to the position. The candidate who is in the final stage of the master’s education within the relevant field may also be considered, given that a master’s degree is to be achieved before the enrollment of this position.
  • The ideal candidate will have expertise in the following areas:
    • Machine learning FPGA/ASIC design
    • Microsystems/embedded systems
    • IoTs
    • Strong academic credentials
  • Written and spoken English proficiency
  • Applicants from some countries must document their English proficiency 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 550 on the Paper-based Test (PBT), or 80 on the Internet based Test (iBT); I
    • ELTS – International English Language Testing System, with a result of at least 6.0. Please check this list to see if an English test is required. Please note that the English test requirement applies to applicants from most countries according to the list mentioned above. No other English tests will be approved, and certifications/statements cannot replace an English test.

The PhD Research Fellow must be admitted to UiA’s PhD Programme in Engineering and Science, specialization in ICT, Scientific Field in Artificial Intelligence, within three months of appointment. The following admission requirements apply to the PhD programme:

  • The average grade for courses included in the bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) should be C (or equivalent) or higher;
  • The average grade for courses included in the master’s degree (or equivalent) should be B (or equivalent) or higher;
  • The master’s thesis (or equivalent) should have a grade B (or equivalent) or higher when the candidate is admitted to the PhD program.

Applications from applicants who already hold a PhD will normally not be considered.

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.

Personal qualities

Personal suitability, good communication and teamwork skills, inventiveness, and a proactive approach, will be emphasized in the evaluation as well as relevant practical experience. The PhD Research Fellow will be expected to contribute to an active research community that promotes the personal and professional growth of the doctoral candidate.

The position places great demands on the applicant’s capacity for independent goal-oriented work, ability to concentrate and attention to detail. In return, we offer the opportunity to contribute to the strategic capabilities of a world-class research organization, along with intensive PhD supervision. You will collaborate with top scientists in your field and have excellent prospects for personal development in an innovative working environment for aspiring researchers.

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic background and results, attainment, and any previous research and development work.

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 479 600 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:

  • CV
  • Certificates and/or grades for all post-secondary education, up to and including the bachelor’s level
  • Master’s degree/higher degree certificate, with a summary of the courses/subjects included in the degree; For those who are in the final stage of the Master’s education but without a Master’s degree yet, the transcripts without the results of thesis can be provided; The evaluation result of the thesis can be provided later.
  • Applicants with a foreign higher education must attach an official description of the grading system used at the issuing institution;
  • Summary (approximately 1-2 pages) of the master’s thesis;
  • Applicants who are required to document their English proficiency must submit their TOEFL or IELTS test results (these may be forwarded after the closing date);
  • Summary or links to the applicant’s scientific publications (if any);
  • A description of the candidate’s research interests and background for the project applied for

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: 15.08.20

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

Apply for this job

Deadline

15th August 2020

Post expires on Saturday August 1st, 2020

PhD Research Fellow in ICT – Tsetlin machines and microsystems

About the position

A fixed-term 100% position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science as a PhD Research Fellow, affiliated to the Department of Information and Communication Technology, for a period of 3 years. The position is located at Campus Grimstad. The starting date is as soon as possible or to be negotiated with the Faculty.

The Department of ICT has three large and active research groups in Information and Communication Technology including 8 Professors, 20 Associate Professors/Assistant professors and about 20 Research Fellows on the PhD programme in ICT. The Department of ICT pursues a variety of research interests, focusing especially on ICT and crisis management, artificial intelligence, eLearning and eHealth. The department has successfully led a number of large research projects funded by the Research Council of Norway, the EU research programmes FP7 and H2020 as well as national and international industries.

Responsibilities

The PhD Research Fellow will be associated with the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research at the University of Agder, and will work closely with the microSystems Research Group at Newcastle University, UK.

The Fellow will perform research on next-generation machine learning methods, building upon recent advances in Tsetlin machines. Tsetlin machines are the next frontier in interpretable energy-efficient machine learning, and the fellow will have the opportunity to develop novel Tsetlinmachine based approaches for enhancing the intelligence and adaptability of microsystems. Key challenges include (1) developing varieties of Tsetlin machines for microsystems with low power and low complexity, (2) developing hardware for Tsetlin machines with low computational and power requirement, (3) applications of the developed microsystem in various implementations, such as IoTs. The overarching goal is to apply Tsetlin machine for pervasive AI hardware prototype in different applications.

Research topics

Research topics for the PhD Research Fellow include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Tsetlin machine and learning automata
  • Asynchronous logic for hardware implementation
  • Explore the potential of intelligent power-compute co-design for pervasive AI systems
  • Application of microsystems, such as IoTs

Required qualifications

  • Master’s degree in ICT, Computer Science, Electronics, or a similar/related field and document competence in areas relevant to the position. The candidate who is in the final stage of the master’s education within the relevant field may also be considered, given that a master’s degree is to be achieved before the enrollment of this position.
  • The ideal candidate will have expertise in the following areas:
    • Machine learning FPGA/ASIC design
    • Microsystems/embedded systems
    • IoTs
    • Strong academic credentials
  • Written and spoken English proficiency
  • Applicants from some countries must document their English proficiency 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 550 on the Paper-based Test (PBT), or 80 on the Internet based Test (iBT); I
    • ELTS – International English Language Testing System, with a result of at least 6.0. Please check this list to see if an English test is required. Please note that the English test requirement applies to applicants from most countries according to the list mentioned above. No other English tests will be approved, and certifications/statements cannot replace an English test.

The PhD Research Fellow must be admitted to UiA’s PhD Programme in Engineering and Science, specialization in ICT, Scientific Field in Artificial Intelligence, within three months of appointment. The following admission requirements apply to the PhD programme:

  • The average grade for courses included in the bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) should be C (or equivalent) or higher;
  • The average grade for courses included in the master’s degree (or equivalent) should be B (or equivalent) or higher;
  • The master’s thesis (or equivalent) should have a grade B (or equivalent) or higher when the candidate is admitted to the PhD program.

Applications from applicants who already hold a PhD will normally not be considered.

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.

Personal qualities

Personal suitability, good communication and teamwork skills, inventiveness, and a proactive approach, will be emphasized in the evaluation as well as relevant practical experience. The PhD Research Fellow will be expected to contribute to an active research community that promotes the personal and professional growth of the doctoral candidate.

The position places great demands on the applicant’s capacity for independent goal-oriented work, ability to concentrate and attention to detail. In return, we offer the opportunity to contribute to the strategic capabilities of a world-class research organization, along with intensive PhD supervision. You will collaborate with top scientists in your field and have excellent prospects for personal development in an innovative working environment for aspiring researchers.

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic background and results, attainment, and any previous research and development work.

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 479 600 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:

  • CV
  • Certificates and/or grades for all post-secondary education, up to and including the bachelor’s level
  • Master’s degree/higher degree certificate, with a summary of the courses/subjects included in the degree; For those who are in the final stage of the Master’s education but without a Master’s degree yet, the transcripts without the results of thesis can be provided; The evaluation result of the thesis can be provided later.
  • Applicants with a foreign higher education must attach an official description of the grading system used at the issuing institution;
  • Summary (approximately 1-2 pages) of the master’s thesis;
  • Applicants who are required to document their English proficiency must submit their TOEFL or IELTS test results (these may be forwarded after the closing date);
  • Summary or links to the applicant’s scientific publications (if any);
  • A description of the candidate’s research interests and background for the project applied for

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: 15.08.20

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

Apply for this job

Deadline

15th August 2020

Post expires on Saturday August 15th, 2020