6 PhD fellowships available through the SUURPh international training programme

Deadline: 15.08.2023

Simula Research Laboratory and the University of Oslo seek applicants for 6 PhD positions offered as part of a larger collaborative PhD programme between Simula, the University of Oslo (UiO), and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). This programme has been named SUURPh (the Simula–UiO–UCSD Research and PhD training programme), and more details can be found on the programme home page, and on the page for SUURPh applicants. These pages should be consulted for general information regarding the programme and descriptions of all applicable projects that will be offered as part of SUURPh.

In particular, detailed descriptions of the projects being offered can be found on the Projects Page. Each project will require slightly different expertise and experience, but all are within the scope of computational life science. Thus, we seek motivated and independent students from a wide range of training backgrounds, but particularly with a strong working knowledge in computational and quantitative sciences to take up these doctoral fellowships.

The duration of SUURPh doctoral fellowships will be 3–4 years, and the time of initiation will vary depending on the project but should be between September 1st 2023 and April 1st 2024. All SUURPh fellows will be enrolled as PhD students at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo.

As a SUURPh fellow you will work closely with your primary SUURPh supervisors in Oslo and at UCSD, and undertake coursework and training related to computational life science. Development of mathematical and computational techniques for analysing and reducing complex experimental data will be a common topic for SUURPh fellows, as will be development of complex and sometimes large numerical simulations of biological or medical systems.

Teamwork is an important feature of our working environment, and all SUURPh fellows will be expected to conduct themselves in an engaged and participatory way with their peers and colleagues.

An additional unique feature of the SUURPh programme is that SUURPh fellows will be required to conduct a portion of their doctoral research in San Diego, USA. As such, all applicants should be prepared and eager to spend a portion of their degree (generally 6 months – 1 year) at UCSD.

All projects are computational in nature, so it is strongly recommended that applicants have a working background in programming and the mathematical/quantitative sciences.

Beyond these general recommendations, the following requirements apply:1. Completion of Masters in an appropriate field for the project(s) of interest2. Suitable academic performance in Masters and undergraduate coursework3. Strong quantitative and analytical skills4. Experience in developing software or analysis tools for biological or medical applications is an advantage5. Good knowledge of the scientific field addressed by the project(s) of interest is desirable6. Good communication and interpersonal skills are necessary

We offer:

  • 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.
  • 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: generous equipment budgets (e.g., computer, phone and subscription), comprehensive travel/health insurance policy, etc.
  • Relocation assistance: 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.

Application requirements:

To apply for one of the SUURPh doctoral fellowships you will need to select at least one of the projects that have been proposed by UiO/Simula-based investigators for this programme. Detailed project descriptions are provided here, and each applicant is permitted to select up to 3 projects to which they would like to apply.

To apply for this SUURPh doctoral fellowship you will need to provide:

  1. A cover letter summarising the candidate’s background and motivation for the particular project(s).
  2. Curriculum vitae, listing contact information, education, prior research experience and specific research project involvement, and any publications.
  3. Copies of BSc and MSc diplomas and transcripts.
  4. Contact information (name, current position, relation to the candidate, phone and email) for up to 3 academic and research-oriented referees. At least one letter of reference is desirable.
  5. For non-native English speakers, proof of competency with English is required. Standardised test results (TOEFL 90, IELTS 6.5, or PTE 62) or completion of a University degree in an English-speaking country is suitable.

Simula and UiO seek to maintain strong representation of international and female researchers, which makes for a dynamic and well-balanced environment. Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

The above documents should be combined into a single PDF document in the order listed above, and submitted via the link at the right side of the page – applications submitted by email will not be considered.

We are accepting applications until August 15th. Applications will be reviewed continuously until this time. For more information please contact Dr. Kimberly McCabe (kimberly@simula.no).

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