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University of Agder (UiA)
Integrated PhD Research Fellow in ICT
University of Agder (UiA)
The University was officially established in 2007, but has a history dating back to 1839, and was formerly known as Agder University College.
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Published: 10 days ago
Application deadline: Oct 08
Location: Kristiansand S, Norway
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Integrated PhD Research Fellow in ICT

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.

Integrated PhD Research Fellow in ICT

The University of Agder invites applications for a full-time fixed-term appointment as PhD candidate in Information and Communication Technology for a period of three years. The position is currently located in Grimstad, Norway. The starting date is as soon as possible or to be negotiated with the Faculty.

The Department of ICT hosts three research groups including 10 Professors, 20 Associate Professors/Assistant professors and about 20 Research Fellows, pursuing a variety of research areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), wireless communications, network administration, and embedded systems.

This open position is associated with Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR) and targets at applying AI in medical diagnoses. The research work will focus on the fundamental study in machine learning for reasoning and statistical analyses in medical diagnoses. A successful candidate will engage in the research for contributing the state-of-the-art of machine learning algorithms and performing analyses of the developed approaches theoretically. In addition, the candidate will study the applicability of the algorithms in medical diagnosis in terms of speed and accuracy. The overarching purpose is to strengthen the application of machine learning in medical diagnosis process in order to assist medical doctors for a more expeditious and accurate diagnosis.

An applicant must have completed the first year at Master ICT before one can start with an integrated PhD. The successful candidate will obtain a conditional admission to the PhD programme. The candidate should complete the Master's degree in ICT with average grade of B or better two years after the time when they are recorded on the integrated PhD program.

The first two years after it is recorded on the integrated PhD program should work 50 percent with the completion of the Master's degree and 50 percent with the PhD project. During this period, one receives the payment for the portion of time working for PhD project. In the last two years, this is a standard PhD position and receiving full salary.


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Research topics

This position shall address issues related to theoretical study of machine learning and reasoning approaches and their applications in medical diagnoses. Potential research topics include, but not limited to:

  • Bayesian and anti-Bayesian algorithms in classification.
  • Deep convolutional neural networks for medical image processing.
  • Reinforce learning.

The ideal candidate will have expertise in the following areas:

  • Bayesian and Anti-Bayesian learning
  • Convolutional Neural Networks
  • Patten recognition
  • Deep Reinforcement Learning
  • Stochastic Process

Admission requirements

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 or a similar/related field and document competence in areas relevant to the position. Furthermore, the applicant must have:

  • Strong academic credentials
  • Written and spoken English proficiency
  • Communication and teamwork skills.

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.

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

Further provisions relating to the position as PhD Research Fellow can be found in the “Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the position of Post-doctoral research fellow, research fellow, research assistant and resident”.

The PhD Research Fellow must be admitted to the PhD Programme in ICT as specialization, within three months of appointment.

As a general rule, the following should apply:

  • 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.


English skills

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 600 on the Paper-based Test (PBT), or 92 on the Internet based Test (iBT)
  • IELTS - International English Language Testing System, with a result of at least 6.5 with no sections lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS accepted).

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.

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


The position is remunerated according to the State salary scale, salary plan 17.515,

The first two years in code 1019 Scientific Assistant as 50 % part time position, NOK 358 000-366 800 gross per year.

The 3 and 4 year in code 1017 Research Fellow, as 100 % position, NOK 449 400 gross per year.

A 2 % compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

The Norwegian public service is committed to reflecting the diversity of society, and the personnel policy of the University of Agder aims to achieve a balanced workforce. All qualified persons are therefore encouraged to apply for the position, irrespective of cultural background, gender, age or disability.

Women are especially encouraged to apply.

Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions. The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the public service.


Submit your application and CV online. Please click on 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
  • 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 (if any)
  • 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 documentation within the deadline. Without complete documentation we cannot, unfortunately, include you in the assessment process.

Closing date: 08.10.18

For further information please contact Associate Professor Lei Jiao, tel. +47 37 23 34 28 email: , Professor Ole-Christoffer Granmo, tel. +47 37 23 33 57, email: , or Head of Department Folke Haugland, tel. +47 37 23 32 20, email:

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

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