University of Agder, (UiA) - Integrated PhD candidate in ICT

The University of Agder has more than 1200 employees and 12000 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 candidate in ICT

Closing date: 09.05.17.

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

The Department of ICT has three large and active research groups in Information and Communication Technology, including eight 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 interests, focusing especially on wireless communications, ICT and crisis management, artificial intelligence, 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.

The position


The candidate must have completed the first year of the master’s programme in ICT before starting an integrated PhD. He/she will gain conditional admission to the PhD programme, and should complete a master’s degree in ICT with an average grade of B or better in the fourth semester, i.e. two years after being registered for the integrated PhD programme.

For the first two years after registration for the PhD programme, the candidate should work 50% on the completion of the master’s degree and 50% on the PhD project. During this period the candidate will receive payment for the working hours allocated to the PhD project. In the two final years, this will be a standard PhD position with full salary.

Integrated PhD

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The research in the Department of ICT is carried out by different research divisions, which are further divided into research labs. The herein announced position will be part of one recently established lab, namely, the Intelligent Signal Processing & Wireless Networks (WISENET) Lab. Currently, the WISENET Lab is in an expansion phase, having at present five PhD students and three postdoctoral researchers working on different cutting edge research projects. The WISENET Lab is committed to achieving international research excellence. Please see the notes about prospective PhD students at WISENET before applying.

The open PhD position is offered in the area of testbed design (hardware and software) and evaluation for reproducible research, covering application scenarios related to both distributed networked sensor systems for industrial environments, and future advanced wireless communications systems.

Research topics


To be regarded as an eligible applicant, the candidate must have substantial knowledge of all or most of the following:

  • Analogue, digital and mixed signal circuit design for Embedded Systems.
  • Circuit design using FPGAs (LabView, Verilog or VHDL).
  • Automation and Control in industrial environments.
  • Interfaces with sensors, actuators and signal processing blocks.
  • Analogue and digital signal processing.
  • Communications interfaces: SPI, I2C, UART, PCI-X, Ethernet, and USB.
  • Experience with USRPs, mote-like devices and testbed setup.
  • Static, dynamic and nonlinear systems modeling.
  • Mathematical analysis and both linear and non-linear Lgebra
  • Simulation and control of systems using Simulink.
  • Strong Programming skills, mainly in Java, Matlab, Python and C/C++.

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

  • D2D wireless communications
  • Radio resource management, interference management.
  • Cognitive radios, DSA and spectrum sensing.
  • Localisation and navigation techniques.
  • RF measurements
  • Simulation of network protocols and implementation in real network scenarios.

Candidates should also have:

  • Scientific ambition.
  • Motivation and a strong interest in cutting-edge research.
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Capacity for goal-oriented work and the ability to concentrate
  • Good communication and team-working skills, inventiveness and a proactive attitude.
  • Strong academic credentials.
  • Written and spoken English profiency.

Admission requirements


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

Personal suitability, good teamwork skills, inventiveness, and a proactive approach, will be emphasised 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 organisation, 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 specialisation, within three months of appointment. More information about the programme and a complete list of admissions requirements can be found here.

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 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 in accordance with 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 posts 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.


For the two first years the position is remunerated this way in 50 % part-time position:

According to the State Salary Scale, code 1019 Research Assistant, salary NOK 351 700-360 500 gross per year.

The last two years of the contract in full-time position:

According to the State Salary Scale, code 1019 Research Fellow, salary NOK 435 500 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:

  • Detailed CV
  • Certificates and/or grades for all post-secondary education, up to and including 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

Original documents must be presented for verification to the University of Agder together with the copies by the appointed research fellow upon arrival at UiA. Successful candidates will be asked, normally during the interview, to ensure that the issuing university submits documents in a sealed envelope directly to UiA or provide access to their documents online, which allows UiA to verify the authenticity of these electronic documents via a secure website hosted at the issuing university (contact person at UiA will be provided later for certain candidates).

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: 09.05.17.

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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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Søknadsfrist: 09.05.2017

Kontakt: Associate Professor Linga Reddy Cenkeramaddi
Telefon: +47 37 23 34 36

Kontakt 2: Professor Baltasar Enrique Beferull Lozano
Telefon: +47 37 23 31 59