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PhD Research Fellow in wireless communications & applications

Deadline: 21.06.2021

About the position

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.

The Department of Technology Systems (ITS) is a newly established department at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo. ITS has taken over the activities at UNIK from January 2017. The Institute is located in the Kjeller Research Park, which is one of the largest research and development centers in Norway. ITS collaborates with the research institutes at Kjeller, and with industry, while it is also tightly integrated with complementary activities at UiO in Oslo. The department has two sections: section for energy systems and section for autonomous systems and sensor technologies. An important goal of ITS is to provide wider opportunities at UiO within applied technologies.

Position as PhD Research Fellow in wireless communications & applications available at Department of Technology Systems.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo. Starting date as soon as possible.

The fellowship period is 3 (three) years and devoted to carrying out a project “5G technology for maritime applications”. The fellowship will be based at the Department of Technology Systems at Kjeller, working in close collaboration with Kongsberg Maritime and SINTEF.

Job description

Currently, we are at the starting phase of changing the maritime business by developing the core building blocks for autonomous and electric vessels. New technology innovations are necessary in optimizing maritime operations for a sustainable and future oriented business. To obtain the full potential, advanced and reliable connectivity solutions are necessary, both between ships/shore and on-board the ships. In this respect, the 5G technology shows an interesting potential in providing an integrated communications solution covering several application areas, and both critical and less critical communications.

The PhD candidate is expected to explore the potential of the 5G technology, evaluate its performance and applicability in various maritime domains, and propose improvements and modifications to the current standard based on identified shortcomings for maritime environments and applications. The candidate will get the opportunity to do theoretical evaluations, experimental work and piloting.

The project “Maritime 5G” is led by Kongsberg Maritime with support and participation from SINTEF Digital, SINTEF Ocean, and the University of Oslo. The project is funded by Kongsberg Maritime and the Research Council of Norway. After successful graduation there are good opportunities for continuing the career in Kongsberg Maritime.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in communications technology, electronics, physics/math, computer science or similar fields.
  • Foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) corresponding to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system

Additional skills:

  • Solid theoretical knowledge and ability to quickly learn new topics
  • Good programming skills will be valued
  • Interest- and proven skills in practical lab work, is an advantage
  • Relevant experience within R&D, and/or radio systems, programming, etc. is an advantage, but not a prerequisite

Grade requirements:

The norm is as follows:

  • The average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree must be C or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • The average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must be B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • The Master’s thesis must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English and a Scandinavian language.
  • English requirements for applicants from outside of EU/ EEA countries and exemptions from the requirements:

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see:



Personal skills

In evaluation of candidates, we will consider the persons abilities and prerequisites for successfully finalizing a PhD thesis, and being capable of fulfilling the requirements set by the faculty for such positions:

  • Ability to work independently and on own initiatives
  • Cooperative mindset, working with other members of the project team in the different companies
  • Set high standards for own delivery, with high quality and in due time
  • Be creative in finding new methods and schemes
  • Use a systematic approach, and be able to document the results
  • Believe in your own abilities, but also understand when to seek help and guidance

We offer

  • Salary NOK 482 200 – 526 000 per ye depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow (position code 1017)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Career development programmes
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Cover letter - statement of motivation and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of the original Bachelor and Master’s degree diploma, transcripts of records and
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “Apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. We also want to have employees with diverse expertise, combinations of subjects, life experience and perspectives. We will make adjustments for employees who require this.

If there are qualified applicants with special needs, gaps in their CVs or immigrant backgrounds, we will invite at least one applicant in each of these groups to an interview.

Contact information

For further information please contact Professor II Pål Orten, tlf: +47 91789943, e-post: [email protected]

For questions regarding Jobbnorge please contact HR Adviser Therese Ringvold, e-mail: [email protected]

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