PhD Research Fellows in ICT - Machine learning

Agder University College
January 17, 2023
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PhD Research Fellows in ICT - Machine learning About the position

Two 100% positions are available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science as PhD Research Fellows in machine learning, affiliated to the Department of Information and Communication Technology, for a period of three years. The positions are located, at the present, at Campus Grimstad. The starting date is negotiable with the Faculty.


The positions are connected to the NRC project “CaReLearner: Causal Reasoning with Logical Interpretable Learning” and the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research. The objective of CaReLearner is to enable a paradigm shift from correlation-driven to scaled-up causality-driven machine learning. Building on the Tsetlin machine, the project deals with the unresolved learning challenge in logical engineering, the scaling challenge of probabilistic causal models, and the correlation-reliance of deep learning. The fellows will get the opportunity to develop novel Tsetlin machine-based approaches for learning causal knowledge from multimodal data (images, time series, natural language, tabular data, etc.), expressed in relational logic.

Research topics for the PhD research fellows include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Relational Tsetlin machine for multimodal data (images, time series, natural language, etc.)
  • Causal Tsetlin machines
  • Probabilistic interpretation of Tsetlin machines for causal inference
  • Required qualifications

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

    The candidate must hold a master's degree in ICT, Computer Science, Electronics, or a similar/related field and document competence in areas relevant to the position. The candidate who is in the final stage of the master's education within the relevant field may also be considered, given that a master's degree is to be achieved before the enrollment of this position.

    The ideal candidates will have expertise in the following areas:

  • Machine learning
  • Programming in Python, CUDA, and/or C/C++
  • Furthermore, the applicant must have strong academic credentials, written and spoken English proficiency, communication and teamwork skills.

    International applicants who are not exempt from the English language requirements pursuant to the guidelines of the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT), must document this 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 600 for the Paper based Test (PBT), or 92 for the Internet-based Test (iBT).
  • IELTS - International English Language Testing System, with the result of 6.5.
  • A prerequisite for employment is that the candidate must be admitted to UiA's PhD program of the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Specialisation in Information and Communication Technology within three months of appointment. More information about the programme and a complete list of admission requirements can be found here.

    Further provisions relating to the positions as PhD Research Fellows can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the post of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident.

    Personal qualities

    Personal suitability, good teamwork skills, inventiveness, and a proactive approach, 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. In return, we offer the opportunity to contribute to the strategic capabilities of a world-class research organization, 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.

    We offer
  • professional development in a large, exciting and socially influential organisation
  • a positive, inclusive and diverse working environment
  • modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
  • membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • More about working at UiA.

    The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017 PhD Research Fellow, NOK 501 200 gross salary per year. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

    General information

    UiA is an open and inclusive university. We believe that diversity enriches the workplace and makes us better. We, therefore, encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position independent of gender, age, cultural background, disability or an incomplete CV.

    Women are strongly encouraged to apply for the position.

    The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning the acts relating to Control of Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Appointment is made by the University of Agder's Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

    Short-listed applicants will be invited for interview. With the applicant's permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment. Read more about the employment process.

    In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act § 25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University's intention to exercise this right.


    The application and any necessary information about education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically. Use the link " Apply for this job ". The following documentation should 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; For those who are in the final stage of the Master's education but without a Master's degree yet, the transcripts without the results of thesis can be provided; The evaluation result of the thesis can be provided later.
  • 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.
  • The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English.

    Closing date: 17.01.23


    For questions about the position:

  • Professor Ole-Christoffer Granmo, tel. +47 37 23 33 57, email
  • Head of Department Folke Haugland, tel. +47 37 23 32 20, email
  • For questions about the application process:

  • HR Advisor Linda Marie Anderstrøm, tel. +47 37 23 37 03, e-mail
  • University of Agder

    The University of Agder has more than 1500 employees and almost 14 000 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.


    17th January 2023


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