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Full-time researcher/senior researcher in Big Data, Knowledge Graphs, and Machine Learning


The Big Data Research Group at the Western Norway Research Institute welcomes applications for researcher positions.

The candidate will join our research group in solving exciting and challenging research problems with real-world applications that require machine learning, deep learning neural nets, natural language processing (AI-driven text classification and sentiment analysis), semantic web technologies (knowledge graphs). We are well recognized for designing and developing cutting-edge intelligent solutions. Our international, European and national projects' activities demonstrate how ICT enabling technologies can be applied to solve societal and business challenges within emergency management, transport and mobility, healthcare, energy and social cybersecurity.


  • A solid background in machine/deep learning and natural language processing or text analytics is essential

  • Good programming skills in both scripting and object-oriented programming languages are required (C/C++, Java, C#, python)

  • Experience with MySQL, MongoDB and framework such as OpenGL, jQuery is useful

  • Experience with NLP techniques like POS tagging, sentiment analysis, or summarization is useful, and a good understanding of neural networks, linked data and information retrieval is assumed

  • Motivated, self-driven and with a strong ability to learn independently

  • The ability to build research networks, and to demonstrate fresh thinking, problem solving skills and innovation

  • Experience with international research projects and grant applications is preferable for positions

Researcher is expected to perform high-quality research and to publish the results in international workshops, conferences, and journals. Researcher is also required to interact extensively with international and industrial partners, and therefore the candidate should have excellent collaboration skills.


  • A PhD degree in Computer and Information Science or equivalent is necessary, as well as a good publication record

  • Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language must provide evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken

  • In extraordinary circumstances, formal documentation of language skills can be relinquished. In such cases, the candidate’s language skills will be assessed in a personal interview

  • The candidate is expected to acquire a working command of Norwegian language in due course

General information

We offer a professional, stimulating, and innovative working environment, nice colleagues, good cooperative networks, flexible working hours, corporate sports team, good pension and insurance schemes and good welfare schemes.

The research group aims to increase the number of women in research positions. Female candidates are therefore encouraged to apply.

Salary will be in accordance with agreement. The place of work for this position is Sogndal.

The application must be sent electronically as one combined PDF file including the following to Professor Rajendra Akerkar, e-mail:

  • - Curriculum vitae (CV) with information about the candidate’s prior training, exams, and work experience

  • - Certified copies of transcripts and diplomas

  • - Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grading system

  • - A Statement of Purpose. applicants must include a short presentation of the motivation for the position and how they see their background as suitable. They must address the research challenges within the area of the position and discuss how their competence can contribute to solving these challenges. (maximum 2 pages)

  • - At least 2 names of reference persons

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

About Western Norway Research Institute

The Western Norway Research Institute is a research organisation that conducts contract R&D as a partner for the private and public sectors. We are about 30 employees with expertise in the fields of society and technology, climate and environment, and tourism. We perform research both at the regional and national levels and have long traditions for international research collaboration. We deliver knowledge that contributes to innovation and sustainable development. The institute is located in Sogndal in the county Vestland at Fosshaugane Campus in an active and innovative environment with both R&D activities, education, and entrepreneurship. Sogndal and the region is known for its fantastic nature which offers excellent opportunities for active outdoor life.