University of Agder PhD Research Fellowship in ICT with Specialization in Mobile Radio Communications, Norway

Publish Date: Mar 22, 2016

Deadline: Apr 30, 2016

University of Agder PhD Research Fellowship in ICT with Specialization in Mobile Radio Communications

The University of Agder (UiA) invites applications for a full-time fixed-term appointment as PhD candidate at the Faculty of Engineering and Science with specialization in ICT for a period of three years. The position is currently located in Grimstad in the South of Norway. The starting date is as soon as possible or to be negotiated with the Faculty.

The Department of ICT has three large and active research groups including eight professors, 20 associate/assistant professors, and about 20 research fellows on the PhD programme in ICT. The department pursues a variety of research interests, focusing especially on mobile radio communications, crisis management, 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.

Research Topics 

This open position is intended to carry out fundamental research in the area of propagation and mobile radio channel modelling. Potential research topics for the PhD thesis include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Time-frequency analysis of non-stationary MIMO channels;
  • Developing a mathematical framework for the characterization of non-stationary mobile radio channels;
  • Modelling, analysis, and simulation of M2M, V2V, and D2D channels in non-stationary propagation environments;
  • Performance analysis of wireless communication systems under non-stationary propagation conditions.

Admission Requirements

The candidate must hold a master´s degree in ICT, Electrical Engineering or a similar/related field and document expertise in areas relevant to the position. Furthermore, the applicant must have:

  • Strong academic credentials, written and spoken English proficiency;
  • Excellent knowledge in mathematics, especially in stochastic processes, analysis, and linear algebra;
  • Excellent knowledge in mobile radio communications and signal processing;
  • Strong programming skills and years of experience in using mathematical and numerical tools such as MATLAB.

The candidate must be admitted to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Engineering and Science, specialization in ICT within three months of appointment. Detailed information about the PhD programme and a complete list of admission requirements to the PhD programmes can be found here.

The following admission requirements apply to the PhD programme:

  • 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 programme;
  • The successful applicant must have written and spoken English proficiency;
  • The position places great demands on the applicant’s capacity for independent goal-oriented work, ability to concentrate as well as good communication and team-work skills in cooperation with research colleagues both inside and outside the university.

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 this list to see if an English test is required. Possible categories of applicants from particular countries may be exempted. Please 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.

Applicants who already possess a PhD degree will not be considered.

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.

Further Information

The Norwegian public service is committed to reflecting the diversity of society, and the personnel policy of UiA 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.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment.

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the public service. Appointment is made by the UiA’s Appointment Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

The position is remunerated according to the State salary scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017, salary grade 50 (NOK 430.500). A 2 % compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

Submission Procedure

Submit your application and CV online. Please click on the link “Apply for this job”.

The following documentation must be submitted as attachments to the online application:

  • 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;
  • Master's thesis (with a summary of approximately 1-2 pages in English if the thesis is not in English;
  • 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);
  • Publication list or links to the applicant's scientific publications (if any).

Original documents must be presented for verification to UiA 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 (a contact person at UiA will be provided later for certain candidates).

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete documentation within the closing date. Applicants without complete documentation cannot be included 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.

Contact Information

For further information please contact Professor Dr.-Ing. habil. Matthias Pätzold, phone +47-37 23 32 83, e-mail:, or Head of Department, Folke Haugland, phone: + 47 37 23 31 12, e-mail:,.

Closing Date: 30.04.16

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 UiA’s intention to exercise this right.

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