PhD Position in Distributed Learning in IoT with Adversarial Environments

Trondheim, Norway
08 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
06 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for  2 PhD Positions in Distributed Statistical Learning in IoT with Adversarial Environments

The position reports to Head of department

Job description

In the emerging paradigms of cyberphysical systems (CPS) and internet-of-things (IoT), large quantities of data are constantly collected by numerous sensors that are often geographically dispersed or, to make the matters even more challenging, mobile. This makes concentrating the data at a central processing hub unfeasible due to constraints imposed on the network infrastructure, e.g., the energy budgets of the sensors, as well as the capacity of the communication channels, and security requirements. Thus, distributed processing of data over networks of machines/agents is essential for solving inference problems related to many CPS/IoT-based applications.

Current methods for distributed inference and learning are not adapted for operation in IoT systems with malicious adversaries, vulnerable to data falsification and susceptible to privacy leakage. The goal of this project is to develop distributed signal processing and machine learning algorithms that preserve privacy and are resilient to malicious disturbances, while still maintaining the operational goal of the IoT system, i.e., to effectively convert the data collected by myriads of agents/sensors into actionable intelligence.

Qualification requirements

 We seek a highly-motivated individual who has

  • strong background in mathematics and signal processing, and a research-oriented master thesis in a related field, e.g., statistical signal processing, information theory, statistical machine learning, multi-agent networked systems, applied mathematics, or optimization
  • experience with programming
  • good written and oral English language skills

Publication activities in the aforementioned disciplines will be considered an advantage but is not a requirement.

For more information on the application submission and a detailed list of required documents, see subsection "About the applicationThe PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in Electrical Engineering, Applied Mathematics or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, postdoctor and research assistant

Personal characteristics

The successful candidate should

  • be creative, independent, and self-motivated
  • possess good skills to deliver oral and written presentations of research results

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 449 400 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 4 years with required duties. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Electronics and Telecommunication

As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

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 criterias in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

Questions about the position can be directed to Prof. Stefan Werner, e-mail:

About the application:

The application must contain:

  • CV with information about the candidate’s prior training, exams, and work experience
  • Certified copies of transcripts and diplomas (from both bachelor and master’s degrees)
  • Application letter describing your motivation, relevant experience, skills and qualifications
  • Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement or a similar describes in detail the study and grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree
  • Brief research statement (max. 2 pages) for the position
  • Proof of fluency in the English language (if applicable)
  • Names and contact information of at least 2 reference persons
  • A copy of the master thesis (in PDF).

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number 2019/10348 when applying.

Application deadline: 06.05.2019

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Department of Electronic Systems

The digitalization of Norway is impossible without electronic systems. We are Norway’s leading academic environment in this field, and contribute with our expertise in areas ranging from nanoelectronics, phototonics, signal processing, radio technology and acoustics to satellite technology and autonomous systems. Knowledge of electronic systems is also vital for addressing important challenges in transport, energy, the environment, and health. The Department of Electronic Systems is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 06.05.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Trondheim

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