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PhD Research Fellows in ICT – Machine learning

About the position

One to two fixed-term 100% positions are available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science, as PhD Research Fellows in machine learning. The positions are affiliated with the Department of Information and Communication Technology, for a period of 3 years, located at UiA Campus Grimstad. The starting date is as soon as possible or to be negotiated with the Faculty. The PhD Research Fellows will become a part of the UiA priority research centre – Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR). CAIR consists of around 50 researchers including Professors, Professors II, Researchers II, Post-Doctoral-, and PhD Research Fellows.

Responsibilities

The fellows will perform research on next-generation machine learning methods, building on recent advances in Tsetlin machines. The Tsetlin machine introduces the concept of logical interpretable learning, where both the learned model and the process of learning are easy to follow and explain. As such, Tsetlin machines are the next frontier in interpretable energy-efficient machine learning. The fellows will get the opportunity to develop novel Tsetlin machine-based approaches to natural language processing (NLP), image analysis, time series modelling, causal reasoning, and similar. The overarching goal is to advance state-of-the-art in machine learning with efficient, accurate, and interpretable Tsetlin machine-based learning.

Research topics

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

  • Tsetlin machines and learning automata
  • Tsetlin machine-based natural language processing, image analysis, time series modelling, or causal reasoning
  • Self-supervised learning with Tsetlin machines
  • Representation- and transfer learning with Tsetlin machines
  • Visualization and interpretation of learning and decisions

Required qualifications

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

The candidate must hold a 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 candidates will have expertise in the following areas:

  • Machine learning
  • Programming in Python, CUDA, and/or C/C++

Furthermore, the applicant must have strong academic credentials, written and spoken English proficiency, communication and teamwork skills.

  • International applicants who are not exempt from the English language requirements pursuant to the guidelines of the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT), must document this through one of the following tests with the stated results or better:
    • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language with a minimum score of 600 for the Paper based Test (PBT), or 92 for the Internet-based Test (iBT)
    • IELTS – International English Language Testing System, with the result of 6.5

A prerequisite for employment is that the candidate must be admitted to UiA’s PhD program of the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Specialisation in Information and Communication Technology within three months of appointment. More information about the programme and a complete list of admission requirements can be found here.

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 Assistant and Resident.

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

Personal qualities

Personal suitability, good 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.

Fakultet for teknologi og realfag

We offer

  • Professional development in a large, exciting, and socially influential organisation.
  • A positive, inclusive, and diverse working environment.
  • An exciting and stimulating tasks with possibilities to international academic environments.
  • 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 501 200 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

UiA is an open, inclusive and co-creation university. We, 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 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

Applicants must submit their application and CV online. Please use the link “Apply for this job”. The following documentation should be submitted as attachments to the online application:

  • 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 English or in a Scandinavian language.

Application deadline: 15.12.22

Contact

For questions about the position:

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Campus Grimstad

University of Agder

The University of Agder has more than 1500 employees and almost 14 000 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 December 2022

Post expires on Thursday December 15th, 2022

PhD Research Fellow in Training and Education for Female Genital Schistosomiasis

About the position

A 100% position is available at the University of Agder, Centre for E-health, as a Research Fellow with the topic: “Neglected tropical disease, Female Genital Schistosomiasis (FGS), education and training for health professionals”. The position is available for a period of three years, or four years with 25% with required duty. The start date is negotiable. The position is located at Campus Grimstad, Norway but most of the work will be done in, and directed towards, health professionals in South Africa, Eswatini and Mozambique.

The faculty has 4 departments: Department of Nutrition and Public Health, Department of Health and Nursing Science, Department of Sport Science and Physical Education and Department of Psychosocial Health. This position will be connected to Department of Health and Nursing Science.

The PhD position is part of a Horizon Europe Project named “DUAL SAVE-FGS: Dual screening by Spectral Artificial Visual Examination for Female Genital Schistosomiasis and cervical cancer” (reference number 101057853).

 The objectives of the PhD include:

  • Design a scalable online/app-based training course for frontline, mostly rural, African, primary health care professionals and gynaecologists
  • Evaluate and certify their investigation techniques and diagnostic skills
  • Evaluate the e-learning training course.

The PhD research will address the three objectives, with special emphasis on user-centred approach in the design and evaluation of an eLearning platform using the ADDIE model for e-learning (Fernandes et al 2020, BMC Med Educ) for clinicians (doctors/nurses) in areas endemic for FGS. The PhD position is an opportunity for the candidate to contribute to a team of interdisciplinary world-class experts, to provide evidence for Cervical Cancer Screening and HIV Prevention Programmes in Norway, South Africa, Eswatini, and Mozambique; and to participate in the revision of healthcare policies and improved clinical guidelines for UNAIDS and the World Health Organization.

Responsibilities

The PhD research will address the three objectives, with special emphasis on user-centred approach in the design and evaluation of an eLearning platform using the ADDIE model for e-learning (Fernandes et al 2020, BMC Med Educ) for clinicians (doctors/nurses) in areas endemic for FGS. The PhD position is an opportunity for the candidate to contribute to a team of interdisciplinary world-class experts, to provide evidence for Cervical Cancer Screening and HIV Prevention Programmes in Norway, South Africa, Eswatini, and Mozambique; and to participate in the revision of healthcare policies and improved clinical guidelines for UNAIDS and the World Health Organization.

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 PhD Programme in the Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences, with a specialization within eLearning/digital health/female-genital schistosomiasis and must hold a master’s degree in health informatics or equivalent, with an average grade of “B” or better. Applicants who are in the process of finishing their master’s thesis are also welcomed to apply for this position. More details to be found here.

Applicants must submit a project proposal with a scope within the above-mentioned areas of study. The project proposal should comprise a maximum of five (5) pages in length, including the reference list in a selected citations type format. The proposal must contain a detailed research plan. The plan must include the problem statement, theoretical foundation, methodological approach, potential peer-reviewed scientific publications in high-ranked/Open Access journals/conferences, together with the 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 is committed to securing a multidisciplinary supervisory team for the successful applicant.

Desired qualifications

  • Master in digital health (health in technology settings or technology in health settings) and/or health (medicine, nursing) with sound knowledge of digital platforms.
  • Fluency in English is a prerogative
  • Knowledge of the Norwegian, or a Scandinavian language, is desirable.
  • Knowledge of the Portuguese language would be positively considered.

Personal qualities

The appointee must have the ability to work in a team and be goal-oriented, organized, focused and work in an 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, especially in the Global South. Relevant practical experience, personal suitability and good teamwork skills will also be emphasized. Applicants with knowledge about Neglected Tropical Diseases and reproductive health and who have experience with or know important stakeholders will be prioritized. Project management skills and management of project resources will be an advantage, especially if performed in multicultural environments.

Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasized.

Fakultet for helse- og idrettsvitenskap

We offer

  • Professional development in a large, exciting and socially influential organization
  • 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 501 200 gross salary per year. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

General information

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

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. 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) need to be sent electronically. Please, use the link “Apply for the position”.

The following documentation must be uploaded electronically:

  • PhD research project description (maximum 5 pages), including an abstract, research background, problem statement, research question/s, methodology, data collection and expected results, and a list with references formatted in a selected citation style. 
  • Referees: the name and contact details of at least 2 people with whom the candidate has closely worked/researched/being supervised.
  • A copy of the Master’s thesis.
  • Bachelor and Master Certificates with grades.
  • Curriculum vitae with proof of language proficiency, academic work, participation and contribution in research and/or development projects and publications (when it applies).

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

Application deadline: 16 December 2022.

Contact

For questions about the position:

For questions about the application process:

Campus Grimstad

University of Agder

The University of Agder has more than 1500 employees and almost 14 000 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

16th December 2022

Post expires on Friday December 16th, 2022

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Robotics – Automated Disassembly of Electric Vehicle Batteries

About the position

A fixed-term 100% position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Robotics, affiliated to the Department of Engineering Sciences, for a period of two years. The position is located, at the present, at Campus Grimstad. The starting date is 01.01.2023 or to be negotiated with the faculty. The successful applicant will become part of Top Research Centre Mechatronics (TRCM) at UiA, in collaboration with Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research UiA and partners from the HORIZON EUROPE project named RHINOCEROS (Batteries reuse and direct production of high performances cathodic and anodic materials and other raw materials from batteries recycling using low cost and environmentally friendly technologies). Rhinoceros will develop, improve, and demonstrate, in an industrially relevant environment, an economically and environmentally viable route for re-using, re-purposing, re-conditioning, and recycling of End-of-Life EV and stationary batteries.

Research topic

The focus of this post-doctoral fellowship is to employ most recent mechatronics techniques to optimise and automate a dismantling process of EV batteries. The cognitive agent will send primitive actions that will serve as input in the dismantling process, where necessary tools are chosen to carry out the related steps that can be assigned to the various operations. AI based action selection scheme is required to decide on the sequence of operations and to define a path, where different tools must be used according to the dismantling task. The robotic system will be able to recognise and adapt to any (known or unknown) Lithium Ion-Battery (LIB). The goals are to develop advanced re/de-manufacturing technologies, with particular interest in the development of smart manufacturing tools, including manufacturing information and management systems, data sensing, computer vision, robotics, and machine learning, where machine learning is not a part of the Post-Doctoral Fellowship.

Required qualifications

  • PhD degree in mechatronics, robotics, computer science, information technology or related field.
  • Proven publication record in Robotics, Machine Learning, Computer Science, or other related technical fields
  • Expert level in software frameworks and tools, such as Tensorflow/Pytorch, OpenCV, ROS, Matlab, Python, C, C++
  • Experience in perception, object recognition (segmentation, clustering, localisation), collision avoidance and motion control.
  • Experience in robotic instrumentation including sensors and tools.
  • Excellent skills and knowledge of algorithms used in signal processing
  • Written and spoken English proficiency.

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 Assistant and Resident.

Desired qualifications

  • Experience in supervision of Bachelor, Master student projects.
  • Ability for scientifically rigorous, target-oriented, organized, and independent work.
  • Good communication and teamwork skills, inventiveness and a proactive hands-on approach are essential qualifications.
  • Applicants are expected to contribute to a safe and inclusive working environment.
  • Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasized.
  • Experience in industrial battery modelling.

Personal qualities

  • Ability to work independently
  • Close working relationships with both the industrial and academic partners
  • Analytical skills
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in an academic setting.

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.
  • An exciting and stimulating tasks with possibilities to international academic environments.
  • 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 573 900 – 626 300 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, inclusive and co-creation university. We, encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position independent of gender, age, cultural background, disability, or an incomplete CV.

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning the acts relating to Control of 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

Applicants must submit their application and CV online. Please click on the link “Apply for this job”. The following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment with the online application: 

  • CV with a complete list of scientific publications. 
  • Ph.D. thesis or link. 
  • Up to five representative publications or links. 
  • English certificate (IELTS or TOEFL) for international candidates who are not exempt from the English language requirements. 
  • Cover letter with a description of the applicant’s research interests the relevance of his/her expertise to the advertised position.
  • A preliminary research proposal for automated disassembly of spent Lithium-Ion batteries from electric vehicles (max. 2 pages) including reference list. The outline should present and discuss possible research questions, theory perspectives, material, and a progress plan. 

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

Application deadline: 08.12.22

Contact

For questions about the position:

For questions about the application process:

Campus Grimstad

University of Agder

The University of Agder has more than 1500 employees and almost 14 000 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.

Apply for this job

Read the job description at the university homepage

Deadline

8th December 2022

Post expires on Thursday December 8th, 2022