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PhD Research Fellowship in Formal Methods for Real-Time Systems

Deadline: 25.04.2021

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.

The Department of Informatics (IFI) is one of nine departments belonging to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. IFI is Norway’s largest university department for general education and research in Computer Science and related topics.

The Department has more than 1800 students on bachelor level, 600 master students, and over 240 PhDs and postdocs. The overall staff of the Department is close to 370 employees, about 280 of these in full time positions. The full time tenured academic staff is 75, mostly Full/Associate Professors.

Job description

Position as PhD Research Fellow in formal methods available at the Department of Informatics, University of Oslo.

Depending on the candidate and the teaching needs of the department, the fellowship periods will be for either 3 years (fully devoted to research and research training) or 4 years (with a compulsory workload of 25% consisting of e.g., teaching and supervision duties and research assistance).

Starting date no later than 01.10.2021.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

Job description

This PhD project is part of the broader Real-Time Maude project, which aims at developing formal modeling languages and analysis methods that can be successfully applied to complex modern cyber-physical systems, and has been used, e.g., to find previously unknown faults in cars in Japan. The project involves leading universities around the world, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ETH Zürich, and POSTECH Korea.

In particular, Real-Time Maude is a rewriting-logic-based modeling language and formal analysis tool for real-time systems that has been applied to a wide range of systems, and also as a semantic framework and analysis backend to other modeling languages, such as fragments of Ptolemy II and AADL.

The goal of this PhD project is to integrate symbolic analysis methods such as narrowing analysis and SMT solving into rewriting-based analysis techniques for real-time and hybrid/cyber-physical systems, and into tools such as Real-Time Maude and Synchronous AADL. Since a number of formal cryptoprotocol analysis tools also are based on multiset rewriting, the proposed methods might also be used on security in cyber-physical systems.

This PhD position will involve collaboration with researchers in Korea (POSTECH), USA (University of Illinois), Polytechnical University of Valencia, and elsewhere.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

Required qualifications

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in computer science, with good background (M.Sc. thesis work, courses taken, etc.) in formal methods or closely related topics for this project.
  • Foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) corresponding to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system.
  • A solid background in theoretical computer science is an advantage.

Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 15 August, 2021 to complete the final exam.

Grade requirements:

The norm is as follows:

  • the average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree must be C or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • the average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must be B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • the Master’s thesis must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • English requirements for applicants from outside of EU/ EEA countries

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see:



We offer

  • Salary NOK 482 200 – 526 000 per annum depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow (position code 1017)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • A stimulating, flexible, and creative work environment in a research group with strong links both within academia and to industry
  • Career development programmes
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Cover letter, including statement of motivation and research interests indicating why this PhD topic fits their interest and background.
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of the original Bachelor and Master’s degree diploma and transcripts of records
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “Apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

Shortlisted applicants will be called in for an interview.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of 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.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact information

For further information please contact:

For questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Adviser Torunn Standal Guttormsen, phone:+47 22854272,e-mail:[email protected]

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