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PhD Research Fellow in Mathematics Education

About the position

A fixed-term 100 % position as a PhD Research Fellow in Mathematics Education is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science. The fellowship is for a period of three years, for suitable candidates there is a possibility of extending the period to four years including 25 % teaching duties. The position is located at Campus Kristiansand. The starting date is January 1, 2020, or to be negotiated with the Faculty.

The fellowship is affiliated with the Department of Mathematical Sciences. The Department 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 has recently 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: Issues of Education; Teaching and Learning; Resources for Teaching and Learning; Mathematical Modelling and Applications; and History of Mathematics.

MatRIC, The Centre for Research, Innovation and Coordination of Mathematics Teaching, a national Centre for Excellence in Higher Education, established 1 January 2014, 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 following areas.

1.    Educational research into programming in school or university mathematics In Norway, use of programming in school mathematics courses is part of the new curriculum that will be launced for schools from 2020 onwards: https://www.udir.no/laring-og-trivsel/lareplanverket/fagfornyelsen/ Similiar proposals and developments on use of programming are in progress also in other countries. There is scope for many different types of projects in this area ranging from design projects developing innovative tools/material/courses, through more epistemological/cognitive projects investigating coordination of concept/skill development in programming and mathematics (with a view to informing didactical approaches), to policy/implementation studies examining formation of the policy and unfolding of its implementation (with a view to feeding back into later iterations).

2.    Affordances and constraints of digital tools in mathematics education: The concept of affordance is a powerful way to address the value of technology in mathematics education generally and in technology in mathematics education in particular. The roots and use of the concept and its applications in mathematics education will be explored in order to clarify its meaning. Its potential usefulness for developing a framework for a new PhD research project that aims to enhance mathematics achievement and engagement at the secondary or undergraduate level by using technology to support mathematical problem solving and conceptual understanding.

3.    Teachers’ use of digital resources in mathematics education: The resource approach to mathematics education is a new way to explore teachers’ use of digital resources in mathematics education. The approach has emerged due to the abundance of digital resources and new forms of collaborative work. The approach will help teachers better analyze theoretical, methodological, and and practical issues of digital tools designed to aid classroom teaching. This project uses the documentational approach to didactics (DAD), and aims at exploring teachers’ orchestrations of digital resources at the secondary or undergraduate level. The project will help to create a resource system in order to meet the developments of mathematics education in a digital educational setting.

4.    Visual-Numeric Literacy for Big Data of Social Dynamics: In digital media we see a growing variety of visualizations, animations and simulations of Big Data. The research project should entail an intervention with users to study their interactions with such multimodalities, in particular with regard to visualizations of social dynamics (e.g. animated sociograms, sankey diagrams, Rösling diagrams, etc). Candidates applying with a proposal within this area, should have a masters in Mathematics, Mathematics education, Pedagogy, (Multi)Media Studies, E-Learning, or other affiliated discipline. An interdisciplinary background covering several disciplines will be an advantage.

5.    Mathematics education research in kindergarten and the early years of school: There is an increasing emphasis on Early Years Mathematics both in pre school and primary school. Lately, in a PhD in Norway a playful approach to mathematical inquiry in kindergarten for 5-year-olds has been investigated. New studies taking a smiliar perspective either in pre school or primary school would be welcome.  

6.    Researching teaching and learning mathematics in a MOOC environment: Nationally in Norway, Universities run in service ECTS award bearing-courses in mathematics for primary and secondary mathematics teachers supported by the Minstry of Education in Norway. Some of these courses are 100 % online based and thus the term MOOC is used. Research that investigates the content of these courses, students’ experience of these courses and their outcome would be welcome.     

7.    Teaching and learning calculus at first year undergraduate level: Two possible focuses are either 1) on investigation of students’ understanding of the Riemann-integral, and consequences of limited understanding, or 2) on investigations of effects of teaching interventions in the compulsory Calculus course.

Required qualifications

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.

  • Cand. scient. or master’s degree in Mathematics or Mathematics Education or other field with corresponding mathematics content. This year’s master’s candidates/candidates who are in the closing stages of their master’s degree can also apply. For applicants with a proposal within research area 4, other qualifications can be considered.
  • Teaching experience
  • 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.

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.

Knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language is essential for proposals in areas 1, 5, 6 and 7 in the above list, and will be an advantage for proposals in all areas.

At the University of Agder, PhD dissertations may be written in Norwegian, another Scandinavian Language or English.

A prerequisite for employment is that the candidate is to be admitted to UiA’s PhD programme at the Faculty of Engineering and Science, specialisation in Mathematics Education. The applicant must submit an approved project description within three months of appointment.

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).

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

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

A good working environment is characterised by its diversity. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the position, irrespective of gender, age, disability or cultural background. The University of Agder is an Inclusive Workplace.

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 uploaded 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
  • Applicants with a foreign higher education must attach an official description of the grading system used at the issuing institution;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); An additional assessment of English may be undertaken at the time of interview
  • Master’s thesis must be uploaded
  • References with contact information
  • 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 seven 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. We draw your attention to the fact that candidates who do not include all required documentation listed above will not be included in the evaluation process if attachments are missing. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English.

Application deadline: 01.09.19

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.

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Deadline

1st September 2019

Post expires on Sunday September 1st, 2019

Post-doctoral Research Fellow – Testbed design for AI-enabled networks

About the position

A fixed-term 100 % position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science, as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Information and Communication Technology, for a period of 2 years. The position is located, at the present, at the Campus Grimstad. The starting date is as soon as possible or to be negotiated with the Faculty.

The Postdoctoral researcher will be supervised by researchers from the Center Intelligent Signal Processing and Wireless Networks (WISENET), Faculty of Engineering and Science, UiA. Information about why UiA provides an excellent working environment can be found here.

This postdoctoral researcher position is offered in the area of Testbed design (hardware and software) and experimental evaluation for reproducible research, covering scenarios related to distributed networked sensor systems for industrial environments, as well as future Artificial Intelligence-enabled advanced wireless networks.

The herein announced position will be part of the Center Intelligent Signal Processing & Wireless Networks (WISENET), whose activities span across both the Department of Information and Communication Technology and the Department of Engineering. The WISENET Center is recognized and funded by the national NFR TOPPFORSK Programme, Research Council of Norway. The WISENET Center has a strong expertise in a wide range of areas, among them, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, In-Network Processing and Distributed Intelligence, Networked Cyber-Physical Systems, Artificial Intelligence for Wireless Networks and Embedded Systems, having 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. The WISENET Center is now in full expansion phase, having at the present ten PhD students, three postdoctoral researchers, working on different cutting-edge research projects, such as FRIPRO FRINATEK, SFI, PETROMAKS, INFRASTRUCTURE and IKTPLUSS Projects, among others. The WISENET Center is committed to achieving international research excellence; please see the notes about prospective Postdoctoral researchers at WISENET before applying.

A postdoctoral 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, the WISENET Center is committed to offering the suitable environment and activities that allow the postdoctoral researcher to (i) consolidate her/his research maturity, (ii) develop her/his teaching and advising skills, and (iii) build up a solid resume that facilitates her/his incorporation to the academia as an assistant or associate professor.

Responsibilities

The new demanding applications in different domains (smart sensing and controlling systems remotely, remote monitoring of environments, machine learning for industrial applications, distributed intelligence in Industry 4.0, IoT, Artificial Intelligence-enabled unmanned aerial vehicles, computer vision for autonomous drones, video analytics for autonomous traffic management, etc…) require the design of novel and heterogeneous Wireless Sensor and Communication Networks composed of various types of nodes with different local processing and wireless communication capabilities, diverse sensing and actuation functionalities.

Experiments in wireless sensor and communication networking are of paramount importance since the scientific community has not reached a consensus on a reference model due to the extremely large number of parameters to be considered. As a consequence, the gap between simulation and experimentation may lead to significant differences between the performance of the simulated system and that of the real system. Most of the existing Testbeds dedicated to wireless sensor and communication assessments are composed of homogeneous devices. They are built using mature technologies, however, the experimental validation of the transmission, sensor and networking techniques that are developed in the theoretical research works, requires the construction of a Testbed made up of heterogeneous nodes not only devoted to transmission, acquisition and processing of wireless signals, but also to spectrum, context-aware sensing and node positioning.

This postdoctoral position will involve the complete design and detailed evaluation of a novel Testbed, which will be composed of devices having wireless re-programming capabilities, as well as a complete software architecture and protocol stack to maximize the reproducibility of Algorithms and Protocols for research. This Testbed will also include both indoor and outdoor nodes with proper packaging and protection for robust operation in hostile terrain, corrosive environments or inclement weather.  

The two key elements of our Testbed will be: a highly customizable and flexible hardware and software infrastructure to interconnect, configure, control and monitor all Testbed nodes, as well as an efficient, flexible and powerful software architecture to enable high-level and homogeneous access to each element of the Testbed (nodes, sensors, servers and services). Our Testbed will serve also as a platform (based on completely realistic measurements) for experimentation and to evaluate extensively some of the algorithms and networking techniques developed in several projects led by the WISENET Center.

In terms of tasks related to spectrum sensing, environmental sensing or energy harvesting, we will always use state-of-the-art hardware modules and develop highly efficient customizable wireless nodes (e.g. transceiver nodes based on state of the art FPGAs [Field Programmable Gate Arrays] or GPUs [Graphics Processing Units]) and various types of nodes according to the performance needs in different scenarios. The planned wireless nodes will be specifically tailored to meet the ambitious goals in terms of minimal hardware complexity, low processing delay, lower power dissipation, energy efficiency, energy harvesting and re-programmability.

In order to extract information from the physical world and make it accessible remotely, different types of devices will be used. Although the majority of these devices will be low-cost and low-power devices, other nodes with higher capabilities will be also used. The low-cost devices, generally devices with low-computational resources (e.g. LoRa nodes), will be in charge of sensing the environment and performing some low-level computation. The devices with higher capabilities (e.g. USRP, NUTAQ platforms) will be in charge of more complex tasks, such as node coordination, data aggregation, more complex distributed signal processing tasks and machine learning algorithms, among others. All this hardware heterogeneity leads to the necessity of several research tasks of software design, integration and validation in order to achieve a full operative platform. For example, different devices may present different radio models and communication protocols, which may require developing new interfaces and drivers.

The hardware infrastructure will be composed of the following types of nodes:

  • High-performance nodes with real-time processing capabilities (e.g. NUTAQ nodes).
  • Medium-performance nodes (e.g. USRP nodes) with limited transmission and limited real-time signal processing capabilities.
  • Sensor and actuator nodes (e.g. LoRA nodes) capable of gathering information from the environment, which can perform some local processing and communicate with other nodes in the network. The choice of sensors and actuators will depend on the applications considered (e.g. smart water networks, autonomous vehicles, smart agriculture, robotic applications, etc…).

The main topics for this Postdoctoral position will be:

  • Design of a novel heterogeneous Testbed, implementation of advanced algorithms and extensive experimental evaluation. While the software architecture viewed as a whole will be the same for all testbed elements, each particular element of the heterogeneous network will have a different implementation of the lower-level layers constituting the software architecture.
  • Development of novel network and software architectures for the experimental evaluation of communication and sensor networking techniques. This will involve also investigating the design of Software-Defined-Radio platforms that are capable of operating simultaneously with multiple wireless standards.

Required qualifications

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

  • A PhD in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Telecommunication Engineering, or similar. Having a PhD Thesis on a related topic is an advantage. It is desirable that the applicant has defended his/her doctoral thesis within the last four years. PhD students are also welcome to apply if their defence is scheduled for the next few months. The PhD Thesis must be approved within the deadline for applying for this position.
  • Solid understanding and experience in (some of) the following areas:
    • Software-Defined-Radio implementation of network protocols in real scenarios.
    • Experience with USRP nodes, mote-like devices (e.g. LoRa) and Testbed setup.
    • Circuit design using FPGAs (LabView, Verilog or VHDL).
    • Implementation of algorithms in GPU architectures.
    • Analog, digital and mixed signal circuit design for Embedded Systems (especially PCB design).
    • Analog and digital signal processing.
    • Statistical signal processing.
    • Communications interfaces: SPI, I2C, UART, PCI-X, Ethernet, and USB.
    • Interfaces with sensors, actuators and signal processing blocks.
    • Background in using sensors such as ultrasound, LiDAR, multispectral cameras and mmWave sensors.
    • Mathematical Analysis and Advanced Algebra.
    • Optimization techniques.
    • Strong programming skills mainly in Matlab, Python, C/C++ and Java.
    • Familiar with some of these libraries: Tensorflow, PyTorch, Keras, FFMPEG, OpenCV and NumPy.

Moreover, it would be considered an advantage to have additional knowledge and experience in:

  • D2D wireless communications.
  • Radio resource management, interference management, dynamic spectrum access, cognitive radios.
  • RF measurements, spectrum sensing.
  • Localization and navigation techniques.
  • Data science, machine learning, deep Learning.
  • Graph signal processing.
  • Automation and control in Industrial 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 national or European projects related to the topics above.

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.

Personal qualities

  • Scientific ambition.
  • Motivation and strong interest in cutting-edge research.
  • Good analytical and problem-solving 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.
  • Strong academic credentials, written and spoken English proficiency.

Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasised.

Fakultet for teknologi og realfag

We offer

  • 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. The environment will also provide opportunities for personal development in a diverse environment, modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers.
  • 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

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

The University of Agder is an open, friendly and professional employer, with a Scandinavian view on life/work balance, and with a clear vision to do research to enlighten human understanding.

More about working at UiA.

The position is remunerated according to the State salary scale, salary plan 17.510, code 1352 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, salary NOK 544 400 – 658 300 gross 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

A good working environment is characterised by its diversity. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the position, irrespective of gender, age, disability or cultural background. The University of Agder is an IW (Inclusive Workplace).

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.

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 with grades (Bachelor, Master and PhD).
  • Up to 10 scientific publications and/or R&D projects which the candidate wishes to particularly emphasise for the assessment process. For the scientific publications, include summary and links to them.
  • An electronic copy of your PhD thesis and Master’s thesis (if applicable).
  • Justification (maximum five pages) of the background of the candidate for each of 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 postdoctoral position.
  • Any other relevant documentation.

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. We draw your attention to the fact that we cannot, unfortunately, include you in the assessment process if attachments are missing. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English.

Application deadline: 02.09.19

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

2nd September 2019

Post expires on Monday September 2nd, 2019

PhD Research Fellow in digital transformation of healthcare services

About the position

The University of Agder, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Information Systems, invites applications for one full-time PhD Research Fellow in digital transformation for a period of three years, alternatively four years with 25% of the time assigned to tasks at the Faculty’s discretion. The position is located in Kristiansand, Norway.

This position is related to the Center for eHealth, whose vision is to do user-centered research close to care practises and development with high quality. The candidate will also be engaged in the newly initiated research Centre for Digital Transformation (CeDiT). CeDiT conducts advanced social science research on how digitalisation transforms societies and institutions.

The Department of Information Systems provides teaching and research at the intersection of technology, organisation and business administration. With around 45 employees (Professors, Associate Professors, Post-docs, Research Fellows and administrative staff), the department is one of the largest information systems research groups in Norway. Research activities include work related to eHealth, Integrated Emergency Management and Digital Transformation.

Responsibilities

We welcome applications which address challenges related to digital transformation. Digitalisation takes many forms and has wide-ranging and diverse implications and impacts. Based on the core elements within the IS-field, the design, delivery, use and impact of information technologies in organisations and society, we are interested in research focusing on the transformational effects of digitalisation in the healthcare sector, with a specific focus on the increased availability and utilization of health data. Data can transform various aspects of both clinical and administrative decision making and can form the basis for novel patient oriented services. New services such as remote and/or automated monitoring of health status, depend on data generated from personal devices. Such person-generated health data offer new opportunities, however, several questions related to data utilization. For instance, questions relating to ownership, sharing and privacy remain, and solutions for patient control, oversight and consent management needs to be developed.

Therefore, the Department of Information Systems invites applicants to suggest research proposals that explore foundations for, and/or the process of development of health care services based on person-generated health data.

Required qualifications

Further provisions relating to the positions as PhD 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.

The applicants must qualify for admission to the faculty PhD Programme in the Faculty of Social Sciences, with a specialisation within Information Systems, and must hold a master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant area of study, with an average grade of B or better. Applicants who are in the process of finishing their master’s thesis are also welcome to apply for this position. More details to be found here: https://www.uia.no/studier/forskerutdanning/specialisation-in-information-systems

Applicants must submit a project proposal whose scope lies within the abovementioned areas of priority. The project proposal should comprise a maximum of ten pages in length, including the reference list. The proposal must contain a preliminary presentation of the problem area, theoretical foundation, methodological approach and planned progression for the doctoral project. The quality of the project proposal will receive a high level of consideration during the application assessment process. Fluency in written and oral English is a prerequisite

The University, on its side, is committed to securing good supervision for the successful applicants.

Desired qualifications

Knowledge of the Norwegian, or a Scandinavian language is an advantage.

Personal qualities

The appointee must have the ability to work in a goal-oriented, organised, focused and independent manner. During the assessment process, emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s examination results as well as any previous research and development work. Relevant practical experience, personal suitability and good teamwork skills will also be emphasised.

Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasised.

Fakultet for samfunnsvitenskap

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

A good working environment is characterised by its diversity. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the position, irrespective of gender, age, disability or cultural background. The University of Agder is an IW (Inclusive Workplace).

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. 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
  • References
  • Academic work and R&D projects, as well as a list of these
  • Project description with a maximum scope of 10 pages, including reference list.

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: 25 August 2019.

Contact

For questions about the position:

  • Professor Leif Skiftenes Flak (Director, Centre for Digital Transformation – CeDiT), phone (+47) 38 14 16 14, e-mail leif.flak@uia.no  
  • Professor Bjørn Erik Munkvold, Head of the PhD specialisation in information systems, phone (+47) 38 14 17 72, e- mail bjorn.e.munkvold@uia.no

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

25th August 2019

Post expires on Sunday August 25th, 2019

PhD Research Fellow in ICT

About the position

A 100 % position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science as a PhD Research Fellow in Information and Communication Technology (specifically low-altitude UAV communications and tracking), affiliated to the Department of ICT, for a period of three years. The position is located, at the present, at Campus Grimstad. The starting date is as soon as possible or to be negotiated with the Faculty.

The PhD student will be supervised by researchers from the Intelligent Signal Processing & Wireless Networks (WISENET) Center, Faculty of Engineering and Science, UiA. Information about why the WISENET Center, the University of Agder, and Norway provide an excellent environment for PhD studies can be found here.

Responsibilities

The herein announced position will be part of the Intelligent Signal Processing & Wireless Networks (WISENET) Center. The expertise of the researchers in the WISENET Center spans multiple areas in machine learning, artificial intelligence, telecommunications, signal processing, optimization, and electronics. The center is in rapid expansion, having at present seven PhD students and three postdoctoral researchers working on cutting-edge research projects. WISENET Lab is committed to achieving international research excellence.

Research Topics

A large number of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are expected to serve millions of people worldwide for construction, agriculture, surveillance, search-and-rescue, food delivery, and grocery shopping. Both the private and public sectors have been investing billions of dollars in the past few years, and it is expected that these investments will keep increasing exponentially in the future. But before the era of UAVs can commence, numerous technical challenges need to be addressed. The applicant’s research goals will focuses on wireless communications for UAVs as well as detection and tracking of possibly non-cooperative UAVs.

Specifically, the present PhD position focuses on wireless communications for UAVs and (possibly) localization and tracking of UAVs through mmWave sensors. The conducted research will touch upon all or some of the following areas: spectrum cartography, spectrum cognizant communications, data analytics for mmWave sensors, low-latency communications, as well as wireless prototyping and testbed design using software-defined radio and real UAVs. Theoretical research will be conducted together with hands-on experiments with real equipment. The main goal is two-fold: first, the conducted research must contribute to the development of UAV technology. Second, the PhD candidate must acquire the necessary training to obtain a research position in academia or in the emerging industry of UAVs. Spin-off initiatives will also be encouraged and supported by UiA.

Required qualifications

To be selected, the applicant must have:

  • A solid academic background with a master’s degree in a related area (e.g. Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Communications Engineering, Control Engineering, Aeronautics Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Mathematics, Computer Science) completed by the position starting date. It is also possible to apply if the applicant is in the last year of the Master studies and in this case, if the applicant is selected, she or he will start the PhD position once the Master degree is finished.
  • Background and/or experience in some of the following areas of interest :
    • Linear algebra, calculus, and optimization.
    • (Statistical) signal processing and/or statistics.
    • Machine learning and/or artificial intelligence.
    • Wireless communications.
    • Programming in MATLAB, Python, C/C++, and/or Java.
    • Experience with USRPs, SDRs, mote-like IoT devices, RF measurements and Testbed setup.
    • Circuit design using FPGAs (LabView, Verilog or VHDL).
  • Written and spoken English proficiency.

A prerequisite for employment is that the candidate is to be admitted to UiA’s PhD programme at the Faculty of Engineering and Science with specialisation in ICT.

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

Background and/or experience in the following areas will be a plus:

  • UAV control and integration.
  • Localization and navigation.
  • Implementation with software-defined radio.
  • Cognitive radio, dynamic spectrum access, and spectrum sensing.
  • Simulation of network protocols and implementation in real network scenarios.
  • Signal processing for mmWave sensors.
  • PCB design for mmWave sensors

Personal qualities

Curiosity for understanding, enthusiasm for discovery, and motivation for conducting relevant research. Creativity and proactive attitude. Strong analytical, problem-solving, communication, and team-working skills.

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 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

Applicants will be evaluated based on their academic background, experience, and attitude. Preselected applicants will be invited for one or more skype interviews and may additionally be requested to complete written tests and/or programming assignments. UiA will also conduct a reference check on the selected candidate with her/his consent.

A good working environment is characterised by its diversity. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the position, irrespective of gender, age, disability or cultural background. The University of Agder is an IW (Inclusive Workplace).

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.

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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:

  • Justification (maximum 1 page) of the experience and background in the areas of interest listed in the section “Eligibility”. Example: “1. Experience in PCB design: I designed a PCB for [briefly describe purpose] in the bachelor’s course [course name]. 2. Experience in programming: I took two bachelor’s courses with names [course names] where we had to program in C, and one master’s course with name [name] where we learned Python. 3. Background in machine learning: I took a bachelor’s course with name

[name]

where we learned the basics of supervised and unsupervised learning, and a master’s course with name [name] which focuses on deep learning. And so on”.Up-to-date curriculum vitae. It would be a plus to provide a diagram or brief description of the main activities carried out by the applicant in all periods after high-school.Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic degrees, up to and including both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. When attaching a non-Norwegian academic transcript that does not include a description of the grading system (e.g. maximum grade and minimum passing grade) used by the issuing institution, a (preferably official) description should also be attached. The description may simply contain a link to an official website where the grading system is explained.Applicants that are not originally from a country with English as the official language  must submit their TOEFL, IELTS, or CEFR certificate (may alternatively be emailed after the closing date).Publication list or links to the applicant’s scientific publications (if any).A description of the candidate’s research interests, motivation, and preferred  topic/topics.

All documents must be in English. Otherwise, they must be accompanied by an official translation. Original documents must be presented for verification to UiA upon arrival. Additional measures may be adopted by UiA to verify the authenticity of the documentation.

Application deadline: 01.09.19

Contact

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Campus Grimstad

University of Agder

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.

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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.

Deadline

1st September 2019

Post expires on Sunday September 1st, 2019