PhD student in Quantum Software Testing

Deadline: 31.07.2022

Simula Research Laboratory AS

Simula is a publicly owned research laboratory that conducts research in Information and Communication Technology. Our research is focused in the fields of scientific computing, software engineering, communication systems, machine learning and cybersecurity.

Simula's main objective is to solve fundamental problems of science and engineering that are of genuine value for society. This is achieved through high-quality research, education of graduate students, industry collaboration, and commercialization. Since 2001, scientific evaluations conducted by the Research Council of Norway has repeatedly placed Simula at the forefront of international research in ICT. In the most recent in-depth evaluation, the full range of research at Simula as given the grade of “excellent”.

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Call for One PhD student in Quantum Software Testing

Simula’s mission is to solve important and fundamental problems of science and engineering, with the main goal of benefiting and advancing society. We do this by concentrating on selected fields in ICT and performing excellent research, by developing our people, and by spinning out applicable results into profitable startups. Learn more about working at Simula on our careers page.

Simula Research Laboratory seeking one three-year fulltime paid PhD researcher position in the field of Quantum software testing with a particular focus on automatically testing quantum programs.

The appointments start in August of 2022; however, can also start earlier, if the candidates are available. The review of candidates will be performed continuously until the positions have been filled.

Project Description

The position is funded by the Research Council of Norway under the IKTPLUSS Qu-Test project.

The ambition of Qu-Test is to develop new methods for automated and systematic testing of quantum programs, based on a rigorous theoretical foundation with the ultimate goal of supporting future ubiquitous services and data related to QC applications to guarantee their dependability. To allow for testing complex quantum programs with a minimal amount of QC resources, the project will also propose novel quantum optimization algorithms.

Candidate profile

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. Moreover, we are looking for a candidate with extremely good programming skills (e.g., in Python) who can implement prototype quantum software testing tools and conduct large scale experiments on quantum computer simulators hosted on cloud platforms, and also on real quantum computers. The candidate shall have demonstrated good background in software engineering and is willing to learn quantum programming. This position is particularly targeted for software engineering background candidates; however, we will consider applicants with other backgrounds (e.g., physics) if the candidates can demonstrate that they build state of the art software testing tools.

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 conferences, established collaboration with industry, and exchange programs and research visits with other universities.
  • Modern office facilities located in downtown Oslo, Norway.
  • A competitive salary. Starting salary from NOK 491.200.
  • Numerous benefits: access to company cabins, sponsored social events, generous equipment budgets (e.g., computer, phone and subscription), subsidized canteen meals, comprehensive travel/health insurance policy, etc.
  • Relocation assistance: assistance with visas, complimentary Norwegian language courses, temporary accommodation, etc.
  • Administrative research support: e.g., quality assurance process for grant proposals (including RCN and EU programs).
  • Professional development and researcher training opportunities through the Simula Academy.
  • Flexibility in working conditions: 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.

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Application Requirements

Interested applicants 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: July 31, 2022.

Applications will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.


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Applications must be submitted via the online submission system.

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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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