The University of Agder (UiA), Norway invites applications for a full-time fixed-term appointment as PhD Research Fellow at the Faculty of Engineering and Science, specialization in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for a period of three years. The position is located at campus Grimstad and the starting date is negotiable.
The Department of ICT pursues a variety of research interests, 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 and the EU research programme FP7. The open position is associated with the strategic area eHealth.
Research Topics
The position is intended to address issues related to indoor multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) communication systems. Potential research topics for the PhD study include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Modelling, analysis, and simulation of indoor MIMO channels;
  • Characterization of indoor MIMO power line channels;
  • MIMO techniques for indoor and power line communications;
  • Performance analysis of indoor communication systems under realistic propagation conditions.

Worth of Award

  • The position is for a period of three years. It is assumed that the PhD Research Fellow will complete a doctoral dissertation within the period of employment.
  •  It may be pertinent for the candidate to stay at an external institution or with a national or international partner for part of the stipend period.
  • The position is remunerated according to the State salary scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017, salary grade 50 (NOK 421.100). A 2 % compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.


  • The applicant must qualify for admission to that PhD Programme.
  • Applications from applicants who already hold a PhD will normally not be considered.
  • The candidate must hold a master’s degree in ICT, Electrical Engineering or a similar/related field and document competence in areas relevant to the position.

Emphasis will be given to the applicant’s qualifications in the following fields:

  • Excellent knowledge of English;
  • Solid knowledge in mathematics, especially in stochastic processes, analysis, and linear algebra;
  • Solid knowledge in signal analysis and system theory;
  • Strong programming skills and years of experience in using mathematical and numerical tools such as MATLAB;
  • Solid knowledge of mobile radio communications and power line communications.

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 6.5.
  • Note that the English test requirement applies to applicants from most countries according to the list mentioned above. No other tests will be approved, and certifications/statements cannot replace a test.
  • Personal suitability and good teamwork skills 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. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic background and results, attainment, and any previous research and development work.

The following admission requirements apply to the PhD program:

  • The average grade for courses included in the bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) must be C (or equivalent) or higher;
  • The average grade for courses included in the master’s degree (or equivalent) must be B (or equivalent) or higher;
  • The master’s thesis (or equivalent) must have a grade B (or equivalent) or higher when the candidate is admitted to the PhD program.
  • Women are especially encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

  • Applicants must submit their application and CV online. See link below.
  • 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);
  • The application is expected to include an outline of the applicant’s research interests and background for the proposed project.
  • Original documents must be presented for verification to the University of Agder together with the copies by the appointed PhD 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 that their documents are accessed 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 in a sufficient number of copies. 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, Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish (if the original language is not one of these), and the translation should preferably be from the issuing university. Additional documentation must be in English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

Deadline: Application closes on June 7, 2014
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