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University of Stavanger

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Control for Digital-to-analogue Converters and Switched Systems

2022-01-03
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The University of Stavanger invites applications for a 3-year, research-only Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering, as part of the research project “Ultra-linear Digital-to-analogue Conversion” funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The position is available now.

The project aims to develop methods for digital-to-analogue conversion enabling a dynamic range in excess of 1 part-per-million, at high speed and with low latency, using advanced control theory and dithering techniques in combination with the latest CMOS fabrication technology. This level of performance has never been achieved before and will define the new state-of-the-art in the field.

High-resolution digital-to-analogue conversion and control has a wide array of applications, including adaptive optics, semiconductor lithography, fabrication, and inspection, laser interferometry, metrology (measurement science), imaging and manipulation in microbiology, chemistry, materials science, and scanning probe microscopy in general. Furthermore, methods relating to analogue-digital conversion will have major impact in renewable energy production and distribution, and communications technology.

The group you will be joining has used dithering techniques to build the highest resolution digital-to-analogue converter known in the literature and will serve as the starting point of the current project. The project is a collaboration between the University of Stavanger, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Aalborg University, Justervesenet (Norwegian Metrology Service) and Eindhoven University of Technology, as well as The University of Newcastle, Australia.

The objectives for this position are to develop mathematical models of digital-to-analogue converters and control schemes for optimal switching of output elements, focusing on:

  • developing models amenable to mathematical analysis
  • model comparison with existing commercial CMOS simulation tools
  • applying model-based, optimal control schemes, e.g., model-predictive control
  • developing sub-optimal control schemes with low computational load (e.g., dithering)

The overall objective for the postdoctoral fellowship is to strengthen research capabilities at the university and to provide the opportunity to advance competences, qualifications and career.

Qualification requirements

We are looking for applicants with a strong academic background who have completed, or are about to complete, a PhD in control engineering, electronic engineering, signal processing, physics, applied mathematics or a related field. The PhD thesis must have been submitted for evaluation before the application deadline and approved before entering into the position. Eligible applicants are required to have a record of scholarly publication.

A high level of proficiency in English must be documented or demonstrated (e.g., via publications, interview and/or language test; Acceptable tests are TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)).

In the assessment the following criteria will be emphasised:

  • the quality and relevance of your publications, and capacity for work
  • background or interest in systems and control
  • experience with mathematical modelling of physical systems
  • experience with optimisation and estimation (i.e., model-predictive control)
  • organisational and project management skills
  • motivation and potential for research within the field
  • your network, history of mobility and ability to cooperate with other researchers
  • experience and enthusiasm for experimental work
  • ability to work independently and in a team, take responsibility and be accountable, solve problems and be creative and innovative

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Conditions and Benefits

  • 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
  • salary in accordance with the State Salary Scale, paygrade 17.510, code 1352, NOK 530.000 - 590.000 gross per year. A higher salary may be considered in special cases. 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 university sports club, 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)

Diversity

University of Stavanger values independence, inclusion and innovation. Diversity is respected and considered a resource in our work and learning environment. Universal design characterises physical and digital learning environments, and employees with disabilities are facilitated for. 

You are encouraged to apply regardless of gender, disability or cultural background.

The university aims to recruit more women within the subject area. If several applicants are considered to have equal qualifications, female applicants will be given priority.

Contact information

More information on the position can be obtained from Associate Professor Arnfinn A. Eielsen, e-mail: arnfinn.a.eielsen@uis.no

Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR advisor Margot A.Treen, tel: +4751831419, e-mail: rekruttering@uis.no.

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Application

To apply, 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 the application letter, you must state your research interests and motivation for the position and how the project will contribute to your further qualification toward top academic positions.

Your application must include:

  • a cover letter addressing the selection criteria, and how participation in the project may advance your competences and qualifications
  • documentation of your PhD degree (if you have not completed the PhD; enclose a confirmation stating the date of submission and expected date of award)
  • your CV detailing relevant education and work experience
  • a list of nominated referees and contact information
  • a list of scholarly publications
  • up to 5 publications (including your PhD thesis)
  • diplomas, grade transcripts and certificates of service
  • other documentation that you consider relevant

The documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application in separate files.

The documentation must be available in either a Scandinavian language or in English, and the total size of the attachments cannot exceed 30 MB. Information and documentation to be considered in the assessment must be submitted within the application deadline.

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. If your request is not granted, you will be notified.

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 attachments are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment.

Employment as Postdoctoral 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". The appointee is required to prepare a project plan jointly with the project manager and submit it within 3 months of the commencement date. The project must be completed by the end of the engagement and will be carried out at the University of Stavanger or a partner institution via mobility arrangements. It is assumed that the appointee will work full time on the project and that she/he will participate in the academic community. It is a prerequisite that you have a residence which enables you to be available to the academic community during ordinary working hours.

Your qualifications for the position, based on documentation registered in Jobbnorge, will be assessed by an internal committee. Eligible applicants will be invited to an interview before any nominations are made. References will be obtained for nominees. Read more about the hiring process on our website.

The university has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

The position has been announced in both Norwegian and English. In the event of discrepancies, the Norwegian announcement takes precedence.

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UiS - challenge the well-known and explore the unknown

The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 12,000 students and 1,900 employees. The university has high ambitions. We strive to have an innovative and international profile, and be a driving force in knowledge development and in the process of societal change. Our common direction is driven by consideration for sustainable change and equitable social development, through new ways of managing natural resources and facilitating better cities and local communities. Energy, health and welfare, learning for life are our focus areas.

In constant collaboration and dialogue with our surroundings, regionally, nationally and internationally, we enjoy an open and creative climate for education, research, innovation, dissemination and museum activities. Academic life at the University of Stavanger is organised into six faculties comprising various departments/schools and National Research Centres, as well as the Museum of Archaeology. We are a member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university is located in the most attractive region in the country with more than 300,000 inhabitants. The Stavanger region has a dynamic labour market and exciting cultural and leisure activities.

Together with our staff and students we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.

The Faculty of Science and Technology offers study programs at bachelor, master and doctoral level. The faculty has established close cooperation on research with NORCE (Norwegian Research Centre AS) and the regional industry. A number of master's and doctoral theses are made in collaboration with the industry. The faculty has established research collaborations with universities in the US and Europe, and has developed several academic environments that are at the forefront internationally. The faculty has about 2,800 students and approximately 400 employees at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Structural Engineering and Materials Science, Department of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering, Department of Energy Resources and the Department of Safety, Economics and Planning.

Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering carries out research and offers study programs at all levels in Drilling Technology, Natural Gas Technology, Petroleum Engineering and Energy Technology. The department has established close research collaboration with the Norwegian Research Centre AS (NORCE) and the oil industry. The department focuses on internationalization, with development of English lingual study programs and high mobility among academic staff and students. There are currently 90 employees including research fellows and postdocs, and 750 students at the department. 

Job details

Title
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Control for Digital-to-analogue Converters and Switched Systems
Location
Kjell Arholmsgt. 41, Norway
Published
2021-11-08
Application deadline
2022-01-03
Job type
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