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Position: Research Fellow
Institution: University of Agder
Department: Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Global Development and Panning
Location: Grimstad, Norway
Duties: The purpose of this project is to develop a global grid that facilitates real-time compilation, management and analysis of spatio-temporal data. The global grid shall extend the PRIO grid with massive real-time data harvesting, and develop methodology for distilling novel insights about the history, current state, and future development of ongoing events. This shall be achieved by combining unique information sources with cutting edge probabilistic reasoning and deep learning techniques. The resulting grid will enable researchers and others to investigate the complex nexus of climate change effects (such as sea-level rise, more intense and frequent extreme weather events and increased resource scarcity), migration and armed conflicts
Requirements: The candidate must hold a master’s degree in Information and Communication Technology, Computer Science or a similar/related field and document competence in areas relevant to the position. Strong academic credentials. The ideal candidate will have expertise in the following areas: Machine learning, including probabilistic models and deep neural networks. Skills in computational modelling and/or statistical modelling of spatio-temporal data. Understanding of disasters, migration and conflict (for instance from disciplines such as development studies and human geography)
   
Text: PhD Research Fellow in ICT The University of Agder invites applications for a full-time fixed-term appointment as PhD candidate in Technology/Information and Communication Technology for a period of three years. The position is currently located at Campus Grimstad, Norway. The starting date is as soon as possible or to be negotiated with the Faculty. This open position is associated with the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research and the Centre for Integrated Emergency Management (CIEM) , hosted by the Department of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the Department of Global Development and Panning . The Department of ICT hosts three research groups, including nine 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 areas, focusing especially on ICT and crisis management, 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. Research topics The purpose of this project is to develop a global grid that facilitates real-time compilation, management and analysis of spatio-temporal data. The global grid shall extend the PRIO grid with massive real-time data harvesting, and develop methodology for distilling novel insights about the history, current state, and future development of ongoing events. This shall be achieved by combining unique information sources with cutting edge probabilistic reasoning and deep learning techniques. The resulting grid will enable researchers and others to investigate the complex nexus of climate change effects (such as sea-level rise, more intense and frequent extreme weather events and increased resource scarcity), migration and armed conflicts. The ideal candidate will have expertise in the following areas (prioritized order): Machine learning, including probabilistic models and deep neural networks Skills in computational modelling and/or statistical modelling of spatio-temporal data Understanding of disasters, migration and conflict (for instance from disciplines such as development studies and human geography) Qualifications and 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. The PhD Research Fellow must be admitted to the PhD Programme in Technology, with ICT as specialization , within three months of appointment. As a general rule the following applies: 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 550 on the Paper-based Test (PBT), or 80 on the Internet based Test (iBT) IELTS - International English Language Testing System, with a result of at least 6.0. Please check the following 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. Further provisions relating to the position 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 . Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment. 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. More about working at UiA Remuneration The position is remunerated according to the State salary scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017 Research Fellow, salary NOK 436 900 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. Application 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 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. All documentation of education must be in the original language and in English, and the translation should preferably be from the issuing university. Additional documentation must be in English. Closing date: 29.01.18 For further information please contact Professor Ole-Christoffer Granmo, tel. 47 37 23 33 57, email: ole.granmo@uia.no or Head of Department Folke Haugland, tel. 47 37 23 32 20, email: folke.haugland@uia.no 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. Apply for this job Tell a friend Open as PDF About this job Deadline Monday, January 29, 2018 Employer University of Agder Website Municipality Grimstad Jobbnorge ID 146350 Internal ID Ref. 3/18 Scope Fulltime Duration Temporary About applications Applications on this job are registered in an electronic form on jobbnorge.no You must complete: Standard CV Please refer to where you first saw this job advertised!
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