Postdoctoral - Engineering Education

School/Institution:University of Agder , Norway, Kristiansand

Discipline: Engineering Education

Employment Type:Full-time


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PhD Research Fellow In Controller Performance Monitoring

About the position

A 100% position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science as a PhD Research Fellow in Mechatronics, affiliated to the Department of Engineering Sciences, for a period of three years, or four years with 25% required duties. The position is located, at the present, at Campus Grimstad. The starting date is negotiable with the Faculty.


Control systems for large scale industrial plants can have hundreds or even thousands of control loops. Any fault or performance degradation in one part of the control system can adversely affect the product quality and over all economics of the industrial enterprise.

The size and complexity of the control system makes manual monitoring practically impossible. Therefore, effective and automated monitoring is needed to identify the faults and root causes of the poor controller performance.

The candidates will mainly perform research on data driven methods to identify poorly performing control loops. The focus will be to develop effective monitoring techniques, using adaptive data analysis, advanced signal processing and control system knowledge, to determine the types of faults and to isolate the root cause(s). In addition, machine learning techniques for fault detection and diagnosis may be explored. Candidates are also required to publish in top-ranking journals and conferences.

Required qualifications

The candidate is expected to hold a Master’s degree, with a minimum grade B, in Control Engineering or a similar/related field, preferably specializing in control design, system identification, state estimation, or fault detection; persons with knowledge within machine learning and time series analysis are particularly encouraged to apply. This year’s candidates/candidates who are in the closing stages of their master’s degree can also apply.

Good communication skills and a good command of English are required. Applicants from some countries must document their English proficiency through an English test (TOEFL, IELTS or CEFR). Please check this website to see if an English test is required.

A prerequisite for employment is that the candidate is to be admitted to UiA’s PhD programme in Engineering and Science, Specialisation in Engineering Sciences, Scientific Field in Mechatronics.

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.

Desired qualifications

  • Strong programming skills and experience with MATLAB/C++/Python/R are essential.

Personal qualities

The successful candidate should:

  • Be self-motivated, creative and independent
  • Possess strong communication and cooperation skills
  • Be able to work independently and in a team

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 479 600 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 the 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. 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 must be uploaded electronically:

  • Certificates with grades
  • Master’s thesis
  • References
  • Academic work and R&D projects, as well as a list of these
  • Project description with a maximum scope of 5 pages, including reference list. The outline should present and discuss possible research questions, theory perspectives, material, a progress plan, and methods within the given framework
  • Any other relevant documentation

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.


For questions about the position:

Associate Professor Faisal Aftab, tel. +47 37 23 34 77, e-mail

Assistant Head of Department, Tom Viggo Nilsen, tel. +47 37 23 32 55, e-mail

For questions about the application process:

Higher Executive Officer Lise Askbo Fylkesnes, tel. +47 37 23 31 25, e-mail

HR Advisor Nina Rønningen, tel. +47 38 14 20 16, e-mail

Job Details

Title: PhD Research Fellow in Controller Performance Monitoring

Employer: University of Agder (UiA)

Job location: Gimlemoen 25, 4630 Kristiansand S

Job types: PhD

Fields: Mechatronics, Control Systems Engineering, Machine Learning

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