PhD Research Fellow in planning and reinforcement learning for battery disassembly

University of Agder (UiA)

18 Nov 2023
Job Data

College of Agder (UiA)
Analysis Subject
Engineering » Management engineering
Pc science » Different
Engineering » Different
Researcher Profile
First Stage Researcher (R1)
Software Deadline
8 Dec 2023 – 22:59 (UTC)
Sort of Contract
Non permanent
Job Standing
Hours Per Week
Is the job funded by way of the EU Analysis Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job associated to employees place inside a Analysis Infrastructure?

Provide Description
Creating data collectively

When people who find themselves dedicated come collectively to additional data, something is feasible.

The College of Agder combines the distinctive heat and attraction of Southern Norway with first-class scientific, technological and inventive experience.

Would you prefer to work with us to create higher options to our shared challenges?

Concerning the place

A hard and fast-term 100% place is on the market at UiA, School of Engineering and Science as a PhD Analysis Fellow, affiliated to the Division of Data and Communication Expertise , for a interval of three years. The place is situated, at this time, at Campus Grimstad. The beginning date is as quickly as potential or to be negotiated with the school. The profitable applicant will grow to be a part of Centre for Synthetic Intelligence Analysis (CAIR) at UiA, in collaboration with Mechatronics within the Division of Engineering Sciences, UiA and companions from the HORIZON EUROPE challenge named RHINOCEROS (Batteries reuse and direct manufacturing of hellogh performances cathodic and anodic materials and different uncooked supplies from batteries recycling utilizing low cost and environmentally pleasant technologies). Rhinoceros will develop, enhance and reveal, in an industrially related surroundings, an economically and environmentally viable route for re-using, re-purposing, re-conditioning and recycling of Finish-of-Life EV and stationary batteries.

Analysis matter

The main focus of this PhD is to make use of most up-to-date AI strategies to optimize the dismantling technique of the battery. The cognitive agent will ship primitive actions that can function enter within the dismantling course of, the place crucial instruments are chosen to hold out the associated steps that may be assigned to the assorted operations. AI primarily based motion choice scheme is required to resolve on the sequence of operations and to outline a path, the place totally different instruments have to be used in line with the dismantling job. The robotic system will be capable of adapt to new Lithium Ion-Battery (LIB). This will likely be primarily based on AI to information the robotic on how various kinds of batteries ought to be dismantled and the processing sequences that have to be executed.

The profitable candidate will contribute with novel analysis in AI, particularly reinforcement studying, for optimization in sequence of operations, with the primary concentrate on robotics programs for LIB dismantling. The perfect candidate can have expertise in not less than three of the next facets:

  • Movement Planning for Multi-Arm Programs
  • Deep reinforcement studying
  • Deep neural community
  • Mechatronics – actuation, management, and sign processing
  • Robotics

As well as, the profitable candidate can have wonderful programming expertise. Willingness to work in a collaborative analysis challenge is important. Information in pc imaginative and prescient with 3D digital camera and level cloud, Robotic Working System (ROS) is a bonus.

Admission necessities

  • The profitable applicant ought to maintain a Grasp’s diploma in a associated discipline (e.g., Mechatronics, machine studying, AI). The candidate who’s within the remaining stage of the grasp’s training inside the related discipline may be thought-about, given {that a} grasp’s diploma is to be achieved earlier than the enrollment of this place.
  • The common grade of the Bachelor’s research ought to be C or above. The common grade of the Grasp’s research ought to be B or above.
  • Worldwide candidates who should not exempt from the English language necessities pursuant to the rules of the Norwegian Company for High quality Assurance in Schooling (NOKUT), should doc this by way of one of many following assessments with the said outcomes or higher:
    • TOEFL – Take a look at of English as a Overseas Language with a minimal rating of 600 for the Paper primarily based Take a look at (PBT), or 92 for the Web-based Take a look at (iBT)
    • IELTS – Worldwide English Language Testing System, with the results of 6.5

A prerequisite for employment is that the candidate have to be admitted to UiA’s PhD program of the School of Engineering and Science, Specialisation in Data and Communication Expertise. 

Additional provisions regarding the positions as PhD Analysis Fellows will be discovered within the Rules Regarding Phrases and Circumstances of Employment for the submit of Publish-Doctoral Analysis Fellow, Analysis Fellow, Analysis Assistant and Resident.

Private qualities

  • Capacity to work independently and proactively for goal-oriented analysis.
  • Have good teamwork expertise and inventiveness.
  • Shut working relationships with each the commercial and educational companions.
  • Good analytical expertise.
  • Good written and verbal communication expertise in an instructional setting.

Private qualities and suitability for the place will likely be emphasised.

We provide

  • skilled growth in a big, thrilling and socially influential organisation
  • a constructive, inclusive and various working surroundings
  • fashionable services and a complete set of welfare provides
  • membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

Extra about working at UiA.

The place is remunerated in line with the State Wage Scale, wage plan 17.515, code 1017 PhD Analysis Fellow, NOK 532 200 gross wage per 12 months. A obligatory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay in line with present statutory provisions. UiA, as a public college, doesn’t cost tuition charges even for worldwide college students.

Common info

UiA is an open and inclusive college. We imagine that variety enriches the office and makes us higher. We, subsequently, encourage certified candidates to use for the place impartial of gender, age, cultural background, incapacity or an incomplete CV.

Girls are strongly inspired to use for the place. 

The profitable applicant can have rights and obligations in accordance with the present laws for the place, and organisational modifications and modifications within the duties and obligations of the place have to be anticipated. The engagement is to be made in accordance with the laws in power in regards to the acts regarding Management of the Export of Strategic Items, Providers and Expertise . Appointment is made by the College of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Instructing and Analysis Positions.

Brief-listed candidates will likely be invited for interview. With the applicant’s permission, UiA can even conduct a reference test earlier than appointment. Learn extra in regards to the employment course of .

In accordance with the Freedom of Data Act § 25 (2), candidates might request that they aren’t recognized within the open record of candidates. The College, nevertheless, reserves the best to publish the names of candidates. Candidates will likely be suggested of the College’s intention to train this proper. 


Candidates should submit their utility and CV on-line. Please click on on the hyperlink “Apply for this job”. The next documentation ought to be uploaded as an attachment with the web utility:

  • CV with an entire record of scientific publications.
  • Transcripts for Grasp and Bachelor research. When attaching a non-Norwegian educational transcript that doesn’t embody an outline of the grading system (e.g., most grade and minimal passing grade) utilized by the issuing establishment, a (ideally official) description also needs to be connected. The outline might merely include a hyperlink to an official web site the place the grading system is defined.
  • Grasp thesis or hyperlink.
  • As much as 5 consultant publications or hyperlinks.
  • English certificates (IELTS or TOEFL) for worldwide candidates who should not exempt from the English language necessities.
  • An outline of the relevance of his/her experience to the marketed place and a preliminary work plan for the event of a cognitive agent in a position to disassemble spent Lithium-Ion batteries from electrical autos (max. 2 pages) together with reference record. The define ought to current and focus on potential analysis questions, principle views, materials, and a progress plan.

The applicant is absolutely chargeable for submitting full digital documentation earlier than the cut-off date. All documentation have to be accessible in English or in a Scandinavian language.

Unique paperwork have to be introduced for verification to the College of Agder along with the copies by the appointed analysis fellow upon arrival at UiA. Profitable candidates will likely be requested, usually throughout the interview, to make sure that the issuing college submits paperwork in a sealed envelope on to UiA or present entry to their paperwork on-line, which permits UiA to confirm the authenticity of those digital paperwork through a safe web site hosted on the issuing college (contact particular person at UiA will likely be offered later for sure candidates).

All documentation of training have to be within the authentic language and in English, and the interpretation ought to ideally be from the issuing college. Extra documentation have to be in English.

Deadline: 08.12.23


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