PhD Fellowship in Cognitive Data Analysis

University of Stavanger


PhD fellowship in Cognitive Data Analysis

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

Dementia is a general term for deterioration in memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform everyday activities. Dementia usually is a chronic or progressive disease in which there is decline in cognitive function beyond what might be expected from normal aging.

The purpose of this project is to study the EEG signals from patients suffering from dementia, and to use signal processing methods to extract important features from these data. Through the project functional magnetic resonance images of the patients may be studied as well to investigate the dementia progression in patients. The project will use existing data.

The candidate will incorporate signal and/or image analysis, 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 behavior 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 and machine learning and/or statistical learning, 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 the spring of 2021, 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. You can use these conversion scales to calculate your points for admission.

Emphasis is also placed on your:

motivation and potential for research within the field
your professional and personal skills for completing the doctoral degree within the timeframe
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 Ph.D 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
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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 a EU/EEA country

We offer

varied duties in a large, exciting and socially important organisation
an ambitious work community which is developing rapidly. We strive to include employees at all levels in strategic decisions and promote an informal atmosphere with a flat organisational structure.
colleague-based guidance programme (NyTi) if teaching is a part of your Ph.D
salary in accordance with the State Salary Scale, 17.515, code 1017, NOK 482 200 gross per year with salary
development according to seniority in the position. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which provides favourable insurance- and retirement benefits favourable membership terms at a gym and at the SIS sports club at campus
employment with an Inclusive Workplace organisation which is committed to reducing sick leave, increasing the proportion of employees with reduced working capacity, and increasing the number of professionally active seniors "Hjem-jobb-hjem" discounted public transport to and from work
as an employee in Norway, you will have access to an optimal health service, as well as good pensions, generous maternity/paternity leave, and a competitive salary. Nursery places are guaranteed and reasonably priced
relocation programme language courses: On this page you can see which language courses you may be entitled to (look up "language courses" under employment conditions)


Being independent, involving and innovative are the university's values. We consider diversity to be a resource in our working and learning environment, and we are keen to show respect for one another's differences and backgrounds. Universal design must characterise of physical and digital learning environment, and the workplace will, if necessary, be facilitated for employees with disabilities.

If you find the position to be interesting, we encourage you to apply, regardless of gender, disability, cultural background or any periods of unemployment.

The university aims to recruit more women into positions as Ph.d Fellowship in the subject area; thus, if several applicants are considered to have equal qualifications, a femal applicant will be given priority over a male.

Contact information

More information on the position can be obtained from Associate Professor Mahdieh Khanmohammadi, tel: +47 51 83 27 61. e-mail:

Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR-consultant, tel: +47 51 83 11 91, e-mail:


To apply for this position please follow the link "Apply for this job". Your application letter, relevant education and work experience as well as language skills must be registered here. In your application letter, you must state your research interests and motivation for the position.

The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application:

CV with a full summary of your education and experience
publications or other relevant research work
references, certificates/diplomas and other documentation that you consider relevant
Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available in Jobbnorge at the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

The documentation must be available in either a Scandinavian language or in English. If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before upload.
Please note that information on applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants - see Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act.
UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in Jobbnorge.

General information

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to UiS.

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Employment as Ph.D Fellow is regulated in "Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral
research fellow and research fellow, research assistant and resident".
Your qualifications for the position, based on documentation registered in Jobbnorge, will be assessed by an internal expert committee. Based on the committee's statement, relevant applicants will be invited to an interview before any recommendations are made. References will also be obtained for relevant candidates. More about the hiring process on our website.

The appointee will be based at the University of Stavanger, with the exception of a stay abroad at a relevant centre of research.

It is a prerequisite that you have a residence which enables you to be present at/available to the academic community during ordinary working hours.

The position has been announced in both Norwegian and English. In the case of differences of meaning between the texts, the Norwegian text takes precedence.

In your application, please refer to