PhD position in Cognitive Data Analysis (University of Stavanger, Norway)

12. oktober, 2020


Job description

The University of Stavanger invites applicants for a Ph.D fellowship in Cognitive Data Analysis at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The position is part of an interdisciplinary project within the Cognitive and behavioural neuroscience lab.

This is a trainee position that will give promising researchers an opportunity for academic development leading to a doctoral degree.

The appointment is for three years with research duties exclusively, or four years with both research and 25% compulsory duties. This will be clarified in the recruitment process.

Project description

In this project the candidate will incorporate signal processing, image processing, machine learning and/or statistical modelling to extract information on the interplay between aspects of patient behavior, brain structure and functions (as measured using neuroimaging techniques, neuropsychological tests, caregiver report and/or actigraphy) related to cognition or emotion with regard to diagnostic accuracy, prognosis and functional status within topics related to dementia and age-related cognitive decline.

About the Cognitive and behavioral neuroscience lab

Cognitive lab at UiS is an inter-faculty initiative that will be an arena for interdisciplinary collaboration in cognitive and behavioral research. The Cognitive Lab provides the natural sciences and research on cognition and artificial intelligence with a meeting place for the health sciences, psychology and various disciplines that study social conditions, human behaviour and learning. Cognition is a term that usually incorporates mental processes such as comprehension, thoughts, reasoning, language, memory, perception, attention, and executive control functions. Cognitive neuroscience focuses specifically on the biological processes that constitute the basis for cognition. The cognitive sciences, in a broader sense, examine information processing systems in humans and animals and related to artificial intelligence. The information processed by a cognitive system may pertain to e.g. sensory perceptions, memories, thoughts or language and is often associated with knowledge, beliefs and feelings. Research can also examine interactions e.g. in the form of group dynamics or interplay between man and machine.

Qualification requirements

We are looking for applicants with a strong academic background who have completed a five-year master degree (3+2) within signal processing, image processing, machine learning or statistical modelling, preferably acquired recently; or possess corresponding qualifications that could provide a basis for successfully completing a doctorate.

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Stavanger both the grade for your master’s thesis and the weighted average grade of your master’s degree must individually be equivalent to or better than a B grade.

If you finish your education (masters degree) in 2020 you are also welcome to apply.

Applicants with an education from an institution with a different grade scale than A-F should attach a confirmed conversion scale that shows how the grades can be compared with the Norwegian A-F scale.

Emphasis is also placed on your:

  • motivation and potential for research within the field
  • ability to work independently and in a team, be innovative and creative
  • ability to work structured and handle a heavy workload
  • having a good command of both oral and written English

Requirements for competence in English:

A good proficiency in English is required for anyone attending the PhD program. International applicants must document this by taking one of the following tests with the following results:

  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet-Based Test (IBT). Minimum result: 90
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing Service. Minimum result: 6.5
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) og Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) from the University of Cambridge
  • PTE Academic – Pearson Test of English Academic. Minimum result: 62

The following applicants are exempt from the above requirements:

  • Applicants with one year of completed university studies in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, USA
  • Applicants with an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma
  • Applicants with a completed bachelor's and / or master's degrees taught in English in one of the Nordic countries or the Netherlands