The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) offers PhD Scholarships in AI and Big Data Analytics in the 2021/2022 academic session.

They have vacancies for three PhD Candidates at the Department of Computer Science. The three positions are in:

PhD1:  Machine learning, with focus on fair, accountable, transparent, and privacy-preserving personalization methods.

PhD2: PhD Candidate in machine-learning models for streaming data analysis and prediction.

PhD3: Large-scale processing of dynamic graphs.

The positions are funded by SFI NorwAI , the new 8-year research-based innovation Center for AI Innovation. Here, we are joining forces with 15 partners from industry, universities and research institutes. Research areas cover competences that the Norwegian industry needs to develop cutting-edge theories, methods and technology, for efficient, effective and responsible exploitation of data-driven AI in innovative industrial solutions.

You are encouraged to apply for more than one position if they fit your background and interests.

Each position reports to Head of the Computer Science Department

Worth of Award

  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits
  • PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 482 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Eligibility

PhD1:

  • Documented strong background in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning or Computer-intensive Statistics, with a research-oriented master thesis within one of these areas.
  • A general knowledge of current trends in machine learning, in particular deep learning and probabilistic AI.
  • Good programming skills, with particular focus on Python.

PhD2:

  • Documented strong background in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning or Computer-intensive Statistics, with a research-oriented master thesis within one of these areas.
  • Good programming skills.

PhD3:

  •  A solid knowledge of algorithms, database systems, or data mining, as is a research-oriented master thesis within one of these areas
  • Good programming skills

Preferred qualifications:

PhD1:

  • Thorough understanding of personalization systems and/or deep learning.
  • Experience with deep learning frameworks like Tensorflow and PyTorch.

PhD2:

  • Deep understanding of deep learning, time series data analysis, and/or generative adversarial network (GAN).
  • Formal training in mathematical statistics and/or computer science.
  • Experience with deep learning frameworks like Tensorflow and PyTorch.

PhD3:

  • Good understanding of Big Data frameworks, e.g., Hadoop and Spark.

For all three position:

  • Good written and oral English language skills. Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language must provide evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken. The following tests can be used as such documentation: TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

Minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test).
  •  IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted).
  • CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

How to Apply

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English or Norwegian.

The application must include:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV) with information about the candidate’s prior training, exams, and work experience.
  • A clear statement about which position(s) you apply for.
  • Certified copies of transcripts and diplomas (an English translation of all education documents is required unless the documents are in Norwegian).
  • Statement of Purpose (max. 2 pages) including:
    • A short presentation of the motivation for a PhD study.
    • How the applicant sees his/her background suitable for pursuing a PhD.
  • A Research Proposal (max. 2 pages per position you want to be considered for) including:
    • The applicant’s view of research challenges within the area of the PhD position.
    • A proposed approach to tackle (some of) these challenges.
    • How the applicant sees his/her background suitable for this approach.
  • Names and contact information of at least 2 reference persons.
  • A copy of the master thesis (in PDF), or, for those who are near to completion of their MSc, an extended abstract combined with a statement of how and when the applicant plans to complete the thesis (1 page).

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

Deadline: The application deadline is January 16, 2021.

 

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