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.
The University of Agder (UiA) invites applications for a full-time fixed-term appointment as PhD candidate in Information and Communication Technology (specifically low-altitude UAV communications and tracking) 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 PhD students will be supervised by researchers from the Intelligent Signal Processing and Wireless Networks (WISENET) Lab, Faculty of Engineering and Science, UiA. Information about why the WISENET Lab, the University of Agder, and Norway provide an excellent environment for PhD studies can be found here and also here.
Brief Information about the WISENET Lab
The herein announced position will be part of the Intelligent Signal Processing & Wireless Networks (WISENET) Lab. The Lab activities span across the Department of Information and Communication Technology and the Department of Engineering. WISENET Lab 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.
PhD Program and Supervision
The goal of the PhD program is to train students to become autonomous researchers. This means that;
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 is offered in the areas of precise detection, localization, and tracking of UAVs through mmWave sensors, classification of objects in low-altitude corridors, and smart electronic system design using mmWave sensors. This covers both theoretical research and prototype implementation aspects of systems based on mmWave sensors for UAVs detection, localization and tracking in low-altitude corridors. In addition, the candidate is expected to work in 2D and 3D spectrum cartography for UAV communication, advanced signal processing, and data analytics algorithms for detection and tracking, spectrum cognizant communications, low-latency communications, wireless prototyping using software-defined radios, and testbed design for spectrum-cognizant UAV communications. 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.
To be selected, the applicant must have:
Additionally, prior participation in research projects related to the areas of this position will also be considered a plus, as well as the publication of scientific papers on international conferences or journals related to these topics.
Admission to the PhD Programme
The PhD Research Fellow will be admitted to the PhD Programme in Engineering and Science with ICT as specialization within three months of the starting date. More information about the programme and a complete list of admission requirements can be found here.
The following admission requirements apply to the PhD Program:
The successful applicant must have written and spoken English proficiency. Applicants from some countries must document their English proficiency through one of the following tests or certificates:
Please check this website 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 or certificates 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 Posts of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident.
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.
The position is remunerated according to the State salary scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017, salary 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 selected applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the public service.
The application is submitted online by following the link “Apply for this job”. The following documentation should be attached in pdf format:
All documents must be in English. Otherwise, they must be accompanied by an official translation. Applications with missing documentation or applications after the deadline will be automatically disregarded. 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.
Closing date: 27.05.19
For further information please contact Associate Professor Linga Reddy Cenkeramaddi, tel. +47 37 23 34 36, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, Associate Professor Daniel Romero, tel. +47 37 23 31 96, e-mail email@example.com or Head of Department Folke Haugland, tel. +47 37 23 32 20, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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