2-year Postdoc position available at Simula in Explainable Machine Learning and NLP

Deadline: 31.08.2024

Simula Research Laboratory AS is a publicly owned research lab located in Oslo, Norway. Simula´s mission is to solve important and fundamental problems of science and engineering, with the main goal of improving society. We do this by concentrating on five select research areas in ICT and performing excellent research, by developing our people, and by spinning out applicable results into profitable startups.

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2-year Postdoc position available at Simula in Explainable Machine Learning and NLP for software engineering

Project and Job description

In the Department of Validation Intelligence of Autonomous Systems at Simula, we are looking for a Postdoctoral researcher to work on explainable machine learning and natural language processing (NLP) for software engineering. The position will last for 2 years.

The position is funded by an EU project that is developing a machine-learning-based solution for the continuous certification and recertification of software. To this end, the Postdoctoral researcher will work on explainable models and NLP techniques for increasing the transparency of (re-)certification process, including explainable traceability support linking requirements and all relevant certification artifacts such as test case results, formal proofs, and other evidence, to build the understanding of which artifacts contribute to the need for recertification. Today there exist no tools that can provide transparent automated software re-certification with the goal to enable the user to understand the causes of non-compliance between certified software and compliance requirements. The focus of the Postdoctoral researcher will be to develop open-source tools for this purpose, therefore hands-on experience with NLP or explainable ML is needed. 


Machine learning (ML), deep learning

Natural Language Processing, Explainable ML, Interpretable ML

Software certification, software testing, vulnerability detection, non-compliance detection

Candidate Profile

We are looking for interested candidates who have:

  • Completed (before the position starts) PhD degree in Artificial Intelligence, or Software Engineering, or Computer Science with excellent grades.
  • Hands-on experience with machine learning frameworks, such as PyTorch, Keras, or TensorFlow or others. 
  • Solid experience with Explainable ML or NLP techniques 
  • Understanding of software testing and/or certification process
  • Excellent level of spoken and written English, good interpersonal and communication skills, curiosity and creativity, and willingness to learn and work as part of an international team.

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

Simula Offers

  • Excellent opportunities for performing high quality research, as part of a highly competent and motivated team of international researchers and engineers.
  • An informal and inclusive international working environment.
  • Generous support for travel and opportunities to build international networks, through established collaboration with industry, exchange programs and research visits with other universities, and funding to attend conferences.
  • Modern office facilities centrally located in Oslo.
  • A competitive salary. Starting salary from NOK 575.400. Numerous benefits: access to company cabin, sponsored social events, generous equipment budgets (e.g., computer, phone and subscription), subsidized canteen meals, comprehensive travel/health insurance policy, etc.
  • Relocation assistance: accommodation, visas, complimentary Norwegian language courses, etc.
  • Wellness and work-life balance. 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.

Application Requirements

Interested applicants are requested to submit the following:

  • Curriculum vitae: summarize your educational background, working experience (in particular, any relevant academic or industrial work), list of scientific publications, etc.
  • Cover letter: outline your motivation for applying, relevant experience and qualifications, research interests and how/why you are qualified for the position.
  • Contact information of two references, including the PhD supervisor(s).

Application deadline: September 1, 2024.

 Applications will be continuously screened and the position will be filled as soon as the suitable candidate has been found. 


Additional enquiries regarding the position can be addressed to:

  • Dusica Marijan, dusica@simula.no

Simula Research Laboratory 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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