Simula Research Laboratory AS is a publicly owned research laboratory located in Oslo, Norway. Simula has a multi-cultural organization, employing about 200 individuals from 35 countries. 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.
Call for PhD student for Collective-Adaptive Testing of Coevolving Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems
Simula Research Laboratory is seeking one three-year fulltime paid PhD researcher position in the field of Collective-Adaptive Testing of Coevolving Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems.
This PhD position is originally a three year’s research position. Simula will for each PhD position, consider proposing 25% time (i.o.w a fourth year) of compulsory work to the original three years of research. Whether this specific contract will be 3 or 4 years will be evaluated depending on the availability of appropriate work tasks and each candidate’s individual skill set and aspiration
The appointment starts after in April of 2023. The review of candidates will be performed continuously until the position has been filled.
The position is funded by the Research Council of Norway under the FRIPO Co-tester project. Cyber-Physical Systems of Systems (CPSoS) exhibit unpredictable behaviours due to their coevolution, employed machine learning techniques, collective behaviours, and operation in uncertain environments and unreliable communication networks. Consequently, testing these systems is extremely challenging. The Co-tester project aims to addresses this challenge by developing novel collective-adaptive testing strategies. These strategies will be empowered with advanced artificial intelligence technologies (e.g., machine learning and evolutionary computation techniques), supported with novel strategies for discovering uncertain and unknown behaviours of CPSoS, its constituted Cyber-Physical Systems, operating environment, and networks for extensive testing of CPSoS.
We consider interested candidates who have a MS degree in software engineering with top grades. The candidate will also have to demonstrate an excellent level of spoken and written English, possess good interpersonal and communication skills and show willingness to work as part of an international team.
The master’s degree must have been awarded, with good results, before their start in the PhD position – in particular the candidate must satisfy the enrollment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Oslo. These requirements include:
C or better average for Bachelor’s degree, B or better for Master's degree and Master's thesis (in the Norwegian grading system)
Proof of English language proficiency (requirements vary, see UiO regulations)
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, with a starting range of NOK 501.200
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 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.
Interested applicants are must submit the following:
A cover letter explaining the candidate’s background, qualifications, research interests and how/why the candidate is qualified for the position;
Curriculum vitae (summarizing education, positions and academic or industrial work, scientific publications, and software development experience);
Academic transcripts including a copy of Master thesis.
Contact information of two references, including the Master supervisor(s).
Application deadline: May 31, 2023.
Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, until the position has been filled.
Applications must be submitted via the online submission system.
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.