Research Scientist Position at the Data Science and Knowledge Discovery Department

Deadline: Open


Simula Metropolitan is a research unit that is jointly owned by Simula Research Laboratory and Oslo Metropolitan University. It is the home of Simula’s research activities on networks and communications, machine learning, and IT management, and it is OsloMet’s strategic partner in research, PhD- and MSc- education in digital engineering. Simula Metropolitan is organized as a limited company and it is part of the Simula Research Laboratory.

The mission of Simula Metropolitan is to do research in digital engineering at the highest international level, to educate and supervise PhD- and master students at OsloMet, and to contribute to innovation in society through collaboration, startup-companies, and licensing of research results.

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Research Scientist Position at the Data Science and Knowledge Discovery Department - Simula Metropolitan Center for Digital Engineering, Oslo, Norway

Data Science and Knowledge Discovery Department (DataSci) at SimulaMet (Oslo, Norway) has an opening for a researcher in data mining/machine learning. DataSci aims to advance the frontiers of machine learning and data mining by developing novel methods to analyze complex data sets and reveal underlying patterns. In doing so, we enhance knowledge discovery in real-world applications in a range of fields. This research scientist position will involve interactions with multidisciplinary groups consisting of applied mathematicians, computer scientists, engineers, statisticians, biologists, chemists, and clinical researchers. Candidates are expected to have an interest in fundamental methodological developments as well as impactful applications. For the current ongoing projects at the department, please see DataSci webpage.

What we are looking for:

We are looking for a highly-motivated researcher in pursuit of excellence and impact. The position requires a PhD in computer science, applied mathematics, statistics or a related scientific discipline.

Other required qualifications include

  • a strong publication record in data mining/machine learning. Research areas of interest are, in particular, graph mining, network science, low-rank approximations, tensor decompositions, and numerical optimization,
  • at least two years of post-doctorate research experience, with preference for those with additional experience as a research scientist,
  • excellent software development skills proved by previously released software packages,
  • the ability to work in a multidisciplinary team, with preference to those with experience in this regard,
  • independence and critical thinking demonstrated by publications that do not include PhD advisors, and where the candidate is often a first author or the leading author,
  • excellent communication skills (in English),
  • sharing Simula’s core values: respect, ambition, curiosity, and excellence.

Desired qualifications include:

  • hands-on experience with real data analysis, and impactful novel applications,
  • previous experience with efficient algorithm development, randomized algorithms,
  • previous experience in writing grant applications and attracting research funding.

Conditions of employment

This is a permanent researcher position that comes with a competitive salary and a generous start-up package (that may involve funding for a PhD student position depending on the level of experience). The place of work is Oslo, Norway. Tasks include conducting research, supervising junior researchers, publishing high quality papers, disseminating research findings, research-based education (when relevant) and attracting external funding.

What we offer:

  • An informal and inclusive workplace consisting of a highly competent and motivated team of international researchers and engineers.
  • Great opportunities for growth and development.
  • Competitive compensation package with excellent pension and insurance scheme.
  • Relocation assistance for candidates from abroad: accommodation, visas, complimentary Norwegian language courses, etc.
  • Numerous benefits: access to company cabins, sponsored social events, generous equipment budgets (e.g., computer, phone and subscription), subsidized canteen meals, comprehensive travel/health insurance policy, etc.
  • Administrative research support: e.g., quality assurance process for grant proposals (including RCN and EU programs).
  • Professional development and researcher training opportunities through the Simula Academy.
  • Flexibility in working conditions: our employees’ health and well-being is a priority and we encourage them to make use of our flexible work arrangements to help balance their work and home lives efficiently.

See (www.simula.no/careers) for more details

Application requirements

  • Cover letter
  • CV summarizing education, positions and academic or industrial work, scientific publications and talks
  • Research statement of max. two pages describing research focus and plans
  • Three references (including the PhD advisor)
  • Academic transcripts

Application deadline: open

Applications will be screened and interviews will be carried out continuously until the position is filled.

Further information

If there are questions specific to the position, please contact Evrim Acar (evrim@simula.no)

The employment for this position will be made according to the act relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and any attachments are considered to be in conflict with the export control regulations will not qualify for this position.

Simula Metropolitan 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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