Two Senior Research Engineer positions at Simula Research Laboratory

Deadline: 31.01.2022

Simula Research Laboratory AS

Simula Research Laboratory AS is a publicly owned research laboratory located in Oslo, Norway. Simula’s mission is to solve important and fundamental problems of science and engineering, with the main goal of benefiting and advancing society. We focus on performing excellent research within five select research areas (scientific computing, software engineering, communication systems, machine learning and cybersecurity), developing and supporting our researchers, students and staff, and spinning out applicable results into profitable startups.

Two full-time permanent positions as Senior Research Engineers are available at Simula Research Laboratory, within the research areas of Software Engineering and High-Performance Computing.

Work Description

Simula is expanding its portfolio of contract research projects, and the two available positions will be important resources in this work. The chosen candidates will primarily work on industrially oriented R&D projects involving external stakeholders, either through contract research or innovation projects run in one of our research departments, or through commercial consulting projects channeled through our subsidiary Simula Consulting. Depending on the evolving project portfolio, there will also be periods of involvement in regular research projects in need of software development. High-quality software development is a common denominator for all these work modes, although some textual work like documentation or reporting to customers/partners might occur.

The day-to-day work situation will be integrated in one of our research departments for Software Engineering or High Performance Computing located at Simula’s headquarters in downtown Oslo. Development of advanced software tools based on novel methods and algorithms stands central to all these research departments, with topics spanning requirements engineering, model-based engineering, software testing and analysis, software security, data-driven software engineering, intelligent test automation, quantum-based software engineering, performance modelling in HPC, processor-specific code optimizations, code synthesis, and many more.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate for a Senior Research Engineer position should have a PhD in Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Scientific Computing, or High Performance Computing. Preferably, the academic credentials should be combined with a solid practical background, including advanced software development skills and successful technology transfer experiences. Candidates without a relevant PhD degree are welcome to apply, but must then be able to document 3+ years of industrial-strength experience from software development in the mentioned areas.

The candidate should be able to work in a collaborative environment, with a strong commitment to reaching assigned objectives and achieving excellence. In particular, it is required that the candidate will collaborate with industry, SMEs, entrepreneurs, and public partners on short-term projects. While most of the work will be conducted at Simula’s offices, periods of on-premise work for customers/partners might occur. Successful previous experience with software development in large and collaborative teams is required. Proficiency in one or more Scandinavian languages will be considered a strong plus.

Background knowledge and/or previous experience in the following areas, though not mandatory, will be considered very favorably:

  • Demonstrates successful consultancy experience;
  • Software development in large and collaborative teams;
  • Development expertise in at least three programming languages, including Python;
  • Good knowledge of software engineering methods, tools, and practices;
  • Advanced use of databases and cloud solutions;
  • Building machine learning / deep learning applications and pipelines;
  • Advanced us of high performance computing resources (for one of the two positions, this experience is regarded as a requirement).

Simula offers:

  • An excellent environment and outstanding opportunities for performing high quality research as part of a highly competent, motivated and enthusiastic team of researchers and engineers.
  • An informal and inclusive international working environment
  • Brand new office facilities located in the heart of Oslo with an extensive public transport network within a few minutes walk and a vibrant city life right outside the office door steps.
  • A competitive salary.
  • Generous support for travel and opportunities to build international networks, through established collaborations with industry, exchange programs and research visits with other universities, and funding to attend conferences.
  • Numerous other benefits: access to company cabins, BabyBonus arrangements, sponsored social events, generous equipment budgets (e.g., computer, phone and subscription), subsidized canteen meals and monthly bus pass, comprehensive travel/health insurance policy, etc.
  • Relocation assistance: accommodation, visas, complimentary Norwegian language courses, etc.
  • Administrative research support: e.g., quality assurance process for grant proposals (including RCN and EU programs).
  • Wellness and work-life balance. Our employees’ health and well-being is a priority and we encourage them to make use of Simula’s flexible work arrangements to help balance their work and home lives efficiently.

Simula is an equal opportunity employer, and women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application deadline:

The deadline for submitting your application is January 31, 2022.

Applications will be reviewed continuously and hiring decisions might be taken prior to the deadline.


Questions regarding the announced positions should be directed to Research Director Are Magnus Bruaset ([email protected])

Simula Research Laboratory uses Semac´s background check in our recruitment process.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

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