Professor in Artificial Intelligence

University of Agder

Grimstad, Norway

The primary aim of this position is to strengthen the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR), to be hosted by the Department of ICT. The vision of CAIR is to provide an attractive environment for cutting-edge research on artificial intelligence (AI), focusing particularly on machine learning.

Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR)

The research centre will conduct fundamental machine learning research, including development of novel theory and methods. The emphasis will be on machines that explore, experiment and learn; deep information understanding and reasoning; as well as natural language communication. Within these strategic research areas, CAIR researchers head or contribute to a number of research projects, funded by the Research Council of Norway and EU research programmes. CAIR will further be the host of the AI Circle – an innovation arena for co-creation with private and public sector.

About the position

The responsibilities of the open professor position include: a) research and PhD/master’s student supervision in the area of machine learning, and b) teaching on artificial intelligence (theory, algorithms and implementation) at the master’s and PhD level. Previous experience in teaching English-taught graduate master’s programmes in ICT will also be a plus for this position.


The successful applicant will need to have:

  • A PhD in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering/Computer Science (or similar in the area of ICT). A PhD in Mathematics is also welcome as long as the area of research of the candidate intersects sufficiently with the relevant research areas for this position.

The successful candidate must at least have competence in three of the following areas of research:

  • Deep learning, including recurrent- and convolutional neural networks;
  • Reinforcement learning;
  • Bandit algorithms, including game theory and decentralized decision making;
  • Bayesian learning and probabilistic reasoning;
  • Stochastic optimization;
  • Natural language processing.

In addition, applicants must have:

  • Proven successful experience in the supervision of research in ICT-related areas;
  • A strong record of scientific publications at an international level in the mentioned relevant areas, with special emphasis both on the best Tier-1 journal publications (Level 2 in the Norwegian system) and top international conferences in these areas;
  • Experience in the participation and cooperation within relevant scientific projects, either national or international projects (e.g. EU FP7 or H2020 projects), or both.

Emphasis will also be given to the applicants’ proven ability to contribute to the development of external sources of funding in research groups. Further emphasis will be given to applicants’ who show both theoretical and practical AI research, including, but not limited to, successfully applying machine learning in collaboration with industry partners.

The applicant must also have personal suitability, proactive attitude, good teamwork skills, scientific ambition, motivation and strong interest in cutting-edge research, good analytical and problem solving skills, and be flexible and willing to participate in multidisciplinary work carried out at some of the research labs within the ICT Department, contributing also to on-going research projects and future research project proposals.

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