Postdoctoral fellowship available in Scientific Computing - Scientific Machine Learning

Deadline: 15.10.2021

Simula Research Laboratory AS

Simula Research Laboratory AS is a publicly owned research laboratory located in Oslo, Norway. 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.

Postdoctoral fellowship available in Scientific Computing at Simula Research Laboratory: topic Scientific Machine Learning

Job description:

In the Department for Scientific Computing and Numerical Analysis at Simula, we now have an opening for 1 postdoctoral fellow to join our research project Scientific Machine Learning – SciML .

The successful candidate will join the SciML core research team consisting of several other PhD candidates, postdoctoral fellows, senior researchers as well as national and international collaborators, and become an integral part of the large, vibrant and open research environment within scientific computing, applied mathematics and computational physiology at Simula.

The overall ambition of the SciML project is to develop novel mathematics with corresponding software tools towards reliable formulations of solution strategies at the interface between scientific computing and data science.

This overall ambition will be addressed by the following five specific objectives:

  • to develop a theoretical framework for robust deep neural networks (DNNs) based on multigrid (MG);
  • to develop advanced MG algorithms that adapt based on DNN during the solution process;
  • to analyze the compatibility between DNNs and numerical methods for partial differential equations (PDEs);
  • to develop open source software of high quality for combining algorithms in for PDEs and DNNs.
  • to apply DNNs to uncover a so far not understood important biological process in the brain related to Alzheimer ́s disease.

Keywords: postdoctoral fellow, machine learning, scientific computing, simulation, HPC, neuroscience, Simula

Candidate profile:

We are looking for candidates for a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship. Candidates should have a solid background in applied mathematics, scientific computing, machine learning, computational science, bioengineering or related fields, and an interest in contributing to neuroscience. We are especially interested in candidates with a strong interest in high performance computing and in pushing the limits for what is feasible in terms of simulations.

Successful candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • A theoretical and/or computational background in applied mathematics, scientific computing, computational life science or bioengineering with knowledge of numerical methods for differential equations;
  • A strong track record (commensurable by career level) including excellent academic results;
  • Strong programming skills as well as experience with high-level languages (such as Python, Matlab or Julia).
  • Documented knowledge of brain physiology or an interest in studying, learning and discussing this subject.
  • For postdoctoral fellowship applications, we expect a solid track record of research including high quality scientific publications.

Simula offers:

  • 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, starting from 543.500 NOK for postdoctoral fellows.
  • 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 monthly bus pass, 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.

Starting dates:

The starting date for the position is flexible with an earliest starting date of 01.11.2021, and a latest starting date of 01.04.2022.

To qualify for a postdoctoral position, candidates must have successfully completed their PhD degree by no more than 6 months after the starting date. If you are interested in applying for the positions but with a later timeline, please contact SciML project leader Kent-Andre Mardal [email protected] directly.

Application requirements:

Interested applicants are requested to submit the following:

  • Cover letter (max 2 pages): outline your motivation for applying, relevant experience and qualifications, research interests and how/why you are qualified for the position;
  • Curriculum vitae: summarize your educational background, working experience (in particular, any relevant academic or industrial work), list of scientific publications if any, language skills etc;
  • All relevant diplomas and transcripts from Bachelor and Master degrees and PhD degree
  • A list of up to two references with contact information.

Application deadline:

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, with a cut-off date of October 15 2021.

Evaluation timeline:

We will evaluate applications on a rolling basis until October 15 2021. Applicants passing through to the first interviews (online) will be contacted before November 1 2021.


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.

If you have been funded by the Research Council of Norway (RCN) in a previous PostDoc position, you cannot apply for this job. RCN funding can only be granted for one PostDoc period.

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