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PhD Scholarship!!!!

posted 12 Oct 2015, 10:19 by Havard Rue   [ updated 12 Oct 2015, 12:35 ]

PhD Candidate in Statistics at the Faculty of Science and Technology

Application deadline: 20.11.2015
Ref.  2015/4086

UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Science and Technology, has a PhD position vacant from 01.01.16 for applicants who wish to obtain the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD).

The position is attached to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the research group in Statistics.

The appointment is for a period of three years.

The PhD position is for a fixed term, with the objective of completion of research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD Candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD programme, application form and regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) are available at the following address:

Further information about the position is available by contacting associate prof. Sigrunn Holbek Sørbye, phone: +47 77645504, e-mail: or Head of department, prof. Trygve Johnsen, phone: +47 77644031, e-mail:

The position’s affiliation
The Faculty of Science and Technology consists of the following departments: Department of Chemistry, Department of Computer Science, Department of Engineering and Safety, Department of Geology, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and Department of Physics and Technology.
The position is at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The department has 15 permanent scientific positions: Applied mathematics (4 positions), pure mathematics (6.5 positions) and statistics (4.5 positions).  At the moment there are 6 PhD positions and 1 post-doctoral positions at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

The position’s field of research/research project
The PhD Candidate will focus on developing new and efficient approaches in statistical analysis of temporal, spatial and/or spatio-temporal models, applying a Bayesian framework. An important part of the project is to extend current methodology to analyse long memory processes and combine this with inference for flexible regression models.  Specifically, the project aims to make use of the methodology of integrated nested Laplace approximation (INLA), and also extend this to analysis of processes with long-range dependency structures. The developed methods will be applied to perform inference for climatic or other geophysical data sets, including analysis at different temporal and spatial scales.

Qualification requirements
The successful applicant must fulfil the requirements for admission to the faculty’s PhD programme, cf. Regulation for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at the University of Tromsø. In addition, he/she must be able to document proficiency in English equivalent to Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification, refer to the website about PhD regulations at UiT. In order to gain admission to the programme, the applicant must have an average of C or better in his/her Master’s degree and for relevant subjects of his/her Bachelor’s degree.