Researchers in Critical Communication Systems (4 PhDs & 1 Postdoctoral Positions)

Deadline: 06.01.2023

SimulaMet CRNA: Research that matters

“We hire the best people, those who are personally driven to push boundaries and innovate - and then we give them the tools, space and freedom to do just that.”

-CEO Aslak Tveito


As a joint venture between Simula Research Laboratory and Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet), SimulaMet takes full advantage of the thriving, top level multicultural research culture of Simula, while being physically located at OsloMet, a large university with more than 20.000 students and 7 PhD programs.

SimulaMet is the home of Simula’s research activities on networks and communications, machine learning, and IT management. It’s main objective is to generate new understanding and create vital knowledge about fundamental scientific challenges that are of genuine value for society. This is achieved through high quality research, education of graduate students, industry collaboration, technology transfer and commercialization.

SimulaMet is a research unit that is jointly owned by Simula Research Laboratory and Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet). The mission of SimulaMet is to do research in digital engineering at the highest international level, to educate and supervise PhD- and master students, and to contribute to innovation in society through collaboration, startup-companies, and licensing of research results.

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Job Description

The Center for Resilient Networks and Applications (CRNA) at SimulaMet invites outstanding applicants for four 3-year PhD positions and one 2-year postdoctoral researcher position to carry out research activities related to Critical Communication Systems.

As society becomes increasingly dependent on applications running on top of the Internet, the consequences of failure become more severe. Technical failures, unplanned excessive load, design and implementation flaws, human error, and malicious intent all have the potential to interfere with critical services that rely on the internet.

The Center for Resilient Networks and Applications (CRNA) was established to address these problems. We conduct theoretical and empirical research on the robustness and security of ICT infrastructures. We seek ways to ensure that applications continue to function at their best possible level of quality and security, even in the face of unplanned events. We work in areas ranging from wireless access networks to global internet architectures, and from the physical to application layer.

Successful applicants will carry out research activities within one or more of the following areas:

  • Network architectures (Internet resilience and security, novel global architectures, self driving networks, predictable fast recovery, Software Defined Networking, network telemetry, automated control and management, machine learning for failure classification, root cause analysis and automated repair)
  • Cellular network infrastructures (Critical applications on commercial 5G networks, real-time applications with guaranteed latency, Time Sensitive Networking, Internet of Things, Edge Computing, CloudRAN, Software Defined Radio, Network slicing)
  • Security and dependability (robust networks, security analysis of digital services, geographical dependencies, privacy protection, digital value chains, machine learning for anomaly detection).

Your research in these topics will offer you the opportunity to:

  • contribute to basic research within network security and the resilience of digital services critical to modern daily life.
  • work in a research environment with a unique combination of theoretical and practical experience.
  • access state-of-the-art laboratory resources, including supercomputers and advanced network testbeds.


PhD researcher, postdoctoral researcher, Security, Privacy, digital value chains, Communications, Internet, 5G, edge computing, software defined radio, telemetry, network management, SDN (Software Defined Networking), self driving networks, automation, reliability, robust networks.

Candidate profile

Candidates must be:

  • highly motivated and be able to demonstrate their potential for conducting original independent research in Critical Communications Systems.
  • have good communication skills and be fluent in English, both writing and speaking.
  • have good interpersonal skills, and show willingness and ability to contribute to SimulaMet’s dynamic and inclusive working environment.
  • have expertise in at least two of the following subjects:
  • Software Defined Networking
  • Mobile systems
  • Software Defined Radio
  • Performance monitoring, optimization/tuning and modeling
  • Network technologies
  • Virtualization and computer architectures
  • Programming of real time systems

PhD applicants must:

  • hold a MSc degree in computer science, telecommunications or electrical engineering at the start date of the position.
  • satisfy the enrolment requirements for OsloMet PhD program in Engineering Science.
  • have a strong interest in scientific publication and dissemination.

Postdoctoral applicants must:

  • hold a PhD degree in computer science, telecommunications or electrical engineering at the start date of the position.
  • Have a strong track record in scientific publication and dissemination.

What we offer

  • Excellent opportunities for performing high quality research as part of a highly competent and motivated team of international researchers.
  • An informal and inclusive working environment.
  • Generous support for conference travel and equipment (incl. laptop, phone and electronic communication subscriptions).
  • Opportunities to build an international network through established collaborations with industry, exchange programs, and research visits to other universities.
  • Office facilities located in the center of Oslo.
  • For PhD positions: Option to extend the engagement to 4 years either by participating in consulting services in relevant industry projects via Simula Consulting or by teaching at Simula Learning.
  • Numerous benefits, such as access to company cabins, BabyBonus, sponsored social events, 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. We encourage flexible work arrangements to help balance work and home life efficiently

Application Requirements

Interested applicants are requested to submit the following:

  1. Cover letter: outline your motivation for applying to this specific position, for pursuing research in Critical Communication Systems, your research interests, and how/why you are qualified for the position (relevant experience, qualifications, etc). For postdoctoral applicants: A plus if you can indicate potential research directions.
  2. Curriculum Vitae: summarize your educational background, working experience (in particular, any relevant academic or industrial work), complete list of scientific publications, contact info of at least two references, etc.
  3. For PhD applicants: transcripts from Bachelor and Master degrees (in Norwegian or translated to English) and copy of Master’s thesis.
  4. For postdoctoral applicants: copy of PhD thesis.

Note that all attachments must be submitted in PDF format. To avoid misplacement, please make sure to include your first and last name in the filenames of all documents that you submit to us.

Application deadline

January 06, 2023. (Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. The positions will be filled as soon as possible.)

Start Date

As soon as possible. Late spring/early summer at the latest, unless agreed otherwise.

More information

For both PhD and postdoctoral candidates, the ability to get a Norwegian security clearance is not required but may enable certain research activities and directions within security applications.

SimulaMet uses Semac’s background check in our recruitment process. 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.

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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