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Post-doctoral Research Fellow in ICT

The University of Agder (UiA) invites applications for a temporary full-time position for a period of three years as Post-doctoral Research Fellow in ICT at the Faculty of Engineering and Science. 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 several active research groups, including 12 professors, 25 associate professors, 10 assistant professors, and about 20 research fellows on the PhD programme in ICT. The Department of ICT pursues a variety of research interests, focusing on mobile radio communications, e-health, embedded systems, data analytics, crisis management, and e-learning. 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.


Brief Description of the Research Project


The Post-doctoral Research Fellowship position will be offered in the areas of mobile radio communications and e-health, advancing both theoretical aspects and algorithm designs for the development of a wireless in-home healthcare monitoring system for supporting the independent living of elderly citizens. This position is related to the WiCare project, which was recently funded by the Research Council of Norway.


Aging and its resultant physical and mental disorders are very serious concerns around the world. In recent years, various in-home healthcare monitoring systems have been proposed for obviating dangerous consequences of incidents threatening elderlies living at home. The drawback of existing solutions is that they are generally based on wearable monitoring devices, which may easily be forgotten to wear or ignored by the user for privacy and comfort reasons. The WiCare project proposes a groundbreaking in-home healthcare monitoring solution that not only requires no user involvement, but also fully respect the user’s privacy. The aim of this research project is to design, prototype, and test a so-called WiCare system, which transmits radio waves from which information about the user activities will be extracted. The received signals will be processed to detect predefined threats, such as falls, irregular home-side activities, and home-leaving preparations, especially for people suffering from dementia. The detected incident will be reported to a caregiving centre (end-user), where emergency reactions are taken. The WiCare system does not require the involvement of the home occupants, which can live their private daily life without the need to wear any kind of sensors. The project utilizes the Agder Living Lab concept to assure a seamless transition from a novel research-level idea to a testable system prototype.


Research Topics for the Post-doctoral Research Fellow


The WiCare system is based on wireless techniques and requires highly reliable algorithms for the detection of unexpected falls and home-leaving actions. The challenge is to distinguish these incidents from other activities, such as sitting on a chair, laying down on a sofa or bed, as well as irregular activities caused by pets. Another challenge is to build a prototype of the WiCare system. This calls for extensive research in the area of mobile radio communications, signal processing, signal analysis, and estimation theory. Potential research topics for the post-doctoral research fellow include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Development of estimation and detection algorithms
  • Developing of time-frequency pattern recognition techniques
  • Design of time-frequency noise and interference cancellation schemes
  • Evaluation of the performance and reliability of wireless fall-detection algorithms
  • Prototyping of the WiCare system using Universal Software Radio Peripherals (USRPs) and processors (PXIs)
  • Testing and evaluating the WiCare system under real-world conditions

Admission Requirements

To be regarded as an eligible applicant, the candidate must hold a PhD degree in ICT, Electrical Engineering or a similar/related field. A PhD degree in Mathematics is also welcome as long as the candidate’s area of expertise intersects sufficiently with the research areas that are relevant for this position. To be considered for this position, applicants must have either already finished their PhD degree during the last five years or have a date for the defense of the PhD thesis that will take place not later than summer 2017. In any case, the PhD thesis should be related to one or several topics listed for this position.

Furthermore, the applicant should have:

  • Strong academic credentials, written and spoken English proficiency
  • Excellent knowledge in mathematics, especially in stochastic processes and estimation theory
  • Strong knowledge in mobile radio communications with expertise in both the physical layer and network layer
  • Strong knowledge of Internet and cellular networks
  • Excellent knowledge in signal processing and time-frequency signal analysis
  • Experience with prototyping RF and communications systems
  • Strong programming skills and years of experience in using numerical tools such as MATLAB

The successful applicant will ideally have experience from international research projects.


The person hired will be expected to participate in ongoing projects that are relevant to her/his expertise, as well as initiate independent research projects and collaborate on external research funding applications.

Further provisions relating to the position as Post-doctoral Research Fellow 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. 


Emphasis will be given to the applicant’s project description and its relevance in relation to ongoing teaching and research at the Faculty.


The working languages are Norwegian or English. A high level of oral and written proficiency in English is required.


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 their cultural background, gender, age or disability.


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

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

The position is remunerated according to the State salary scale, salary plan 17.510, code 1352 post doctor, salary NOK 489 300 – 577 400 gross per year. A 2 % compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

Submission Procedure


Applicants must submit their application and CV online. Please click on the link “Apply for this job”. The following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment with the online application:

  • CV with a complete list of scientific publications
  • Doctoral thesis
  • Certified copies of diplomas
  • Copies of selected scientific publications (no more than 10)
  • A description of the applicant’s research interest, background information about the problem the applicant wishes to work with and its relevance to the advertised position. The presentation should include a brief overview of current research regarding the design of studies and relevant issues for research

The applicants are fully responsible for submitting complete documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English. Without complete documentation, we cannot unfortunately include you in the assessment process.


Closing Date: 30.04.17


For further information please contact: Professor Dr.-Ing. habil. Matthias Pätzold, phone: +47 3723 3283, e‑ mail:, or Head of Department, Folke Haugland, phone: +47 37 23 3112, e-mail:


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 the University’s intention to exercise this right.

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