WHY COMING TO NORWAY AND JOIN WISENET?

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The WISENET Lab regularly offers PhD and Postdoctoral researcher positions covering the three fronts of fundamental theory, algorithm design and Testbed implementation in our main research areas.

The next openings in our WISENET Lab will be announced shortly here.

Please, see the guidelines provided in the following link (guidelines for prospective PhD students and Postdoctoral researcher positions at WISENET),  before applying.

The rest of this page provides further information to aid prospective WISENET members.

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Why coming to WISENET-UiA ?

Wisenet’s project portfolio is highly diversified, and funding is secured from 6 different NFR programs: PETROMAKS, SFI, TOPPFORSK, IKTPLUSS, INFRASTRUKTUR and INTPART. TOTAL WISENET BUDGET around 10 Millions US DOLLAR.

We are constantly working hard to preserve our traditions of good teaching, research and a sense of closeness between the students, employees and the workplace. We are inclusive and have a strong culture of cooperation and sense of solid community. We are very open to new ideas and critical thinking, informal and future-oriented university. UiA has extended collaboration projects with industries and partners in the region, nationally and internationally, both to secure relevant jobs and relevant studies. Last but not least,  UiA is located in a region with the best climate of Norway (mild winters and beautiful sunny springs and summers). The following two links provide further details:

The Department of Information and Communication technology (ICT) has an academic staff of 40 persons and is responsible for education and research within ICT engineering and technology issues, it offers bachelor, master and PhD study Programmes with strong international profiles. The research at the ICT department research is widely recognized, and researchers have regularly received “Best paper” awards for their contributions in international conferences.

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The WISENET Lab research has a strong expertise in a broad range of areas, including data analytics, machine learning, in-network signal processing and distributed intelligence, next generation wireless communications, cyber-physical systems, information systems and security, embedded systems and water-related technology, having led more than 20 research projects funded by the Research Council of Norway and the EU Programs FP7 and H2020, maintaining world-wide international collaborations. The WISENET team has a solid experience in the three fronts of theoretical analysis, algorithm design and testbed implementation.

Relevant features of the WISENET Lab:

  • Cutting-edge research and large amount of funding in projects (10 Millions US Dollar budget)
  • Close collaboration with academic as well as industrial partners (see Figure below)
  • Possibility for research visits at foreign universities.
  • Expanding students future opportunities by building a solid resume with publications in top journals.
  • Large research group (over 20 members), plenty of possibilities for collaboration.
  • Possibility to consolidate an academic career. Permanent positions offered to students or postdocs with excellent performance.
  • Possibility to complement theory and algorithm design, with hardware implementation (students implement their algorithms in real devices!)
  • Possibility to create start-ups from the Lab: UIA Nyskaping 

WISENET Lab Collaborations

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Why coming to Norway?

Civil rights and freedom

Perhaps the most important factor to choose a country is the extent to which it respects and guarantees individual freedom and civil rights. Different from the countries of origin of many UiA students, and similar to many other European countries, Norway is a democratic country that respects human rights and individual freedom. Freedom of thought, expression, religion, right to life, equality before the law and gender equality constitute some prominent examples.

Immigration

Nature and environment

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  • More than 90% of Norway is considered nature
  • 98% of the total energy is renewable energy from hydropower
  • Nature (forest, shoreline, mountains) are free to access and camp in
  • Electric cars account for 19% of the cars which manifest that Norway is an eco-friendly country.

Welfare state and Advanced society

The Norwegian model is based on openness, transparency and equality. It promotes work-life balance and gender equality in the workforce. We have a well-functioning administration and a good infrastructure around our students and researchers. Several features can be enumerated and are described in the following links:

Forming a family in Norway

  • Children get free education and health care.
  • Very long maternity and paternity leave, nursery home available for children from one year old.
  • Flexible working time for parents, including working part-time.
  • Generous subsidies for having children

Research Cooperation 

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Doing research in Norway

Higher education and research are top priorities in the Norwegian policy. We welcome innovation and cooperate closely with the business sector in many areas.

We seek outstanding international researchers and offer them the opportunity to take part in cutting-edge research activities in Norway. A wide range of nationalities are already represented in Norwegian research centers. In 2015, approximately 40 % of all Norwegian doctorates were awarded to international candidates.

Norway spends around 1.7 % of it’s GDP on research and development. Arctic research, climate change and renewable energy are among the areas where Norwegian research enjoys international acclaim. Norway is taking part in Horizon 2020, the world’s largest research and innovation programme, on an equal footing with the EU member states. There are good grant schemes for researchers in Norway, which you may qualify for if you take up a research position here.

There is a high level of education, social trust and gender equality in Norway. Technology use is widespread, and there is close cooperation between the business sector, the authorities and research institutions.

Doing Business in Norway

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There are many good reasons for doing business in Norway, such as the high level of education, high productivity, and a longstanding culture of innovation. Norway has one of the world’s strongest economies. High priority is given to knowledge development, innovation, technology and maintaining a sustainable business sector.

The Norwegian authorities wish to encourage foreign investment and setting up businesses in Norway. Norway has a predictable business climate with an open economy and good access to major markets. Making the most of its natural resources is important for Norway, for instance by exporting hydro-power, seafood, oil and gas.

Starting a company

  • Huge investments in research: Research Council of Norway provides approximately 10.000 MNOK and Innovation Norway provides approximately 2.500 MNOK to SMEs and startups.
  • Several subsidies for starting up companies in Norway
  • Setting up a company is very simple in Norway — just need to start with an investment of approximately 3000 USD.