PhD candidate in Scientific Computing and Numerical Analysis

Deadline: 04.12.2021

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.

PhD candidate in Scientific Computing and Numerical Analysis at Simula Research Laboratory

Job description:

In the Department for Scientific Computing and Numerical Analysis at Simula Research Laboratory, Oslo, Norway, we now have an opening for a PhD candidate to join the project "Data-driven Algorithms for Physical Simulations" (DataSim).

The goal of the DataSim project is to further develop the theoretical understanding, applications and software tools related to the hybrid models combining partial differential equations (PDE) with neural networks (NN). The topics to be investigated include for example

(i) stability of the learned models based on the chosen NN architecture and PDE discretization,

(ii) multilevel/one-shot training approaches,

(iii) applications of hybrid models in optimal control and links to physics-informed deep reinforcement learning or

(iv) using hybrid models to improve weather prediction models in partnership with the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.

Candidate profile:

We are looking for candidates for a 3-year PhD position. Candidates should have a solid background in applied mathematics, scientific computing or computational science. Practical experience with machine learning frameworks is a plus.

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 NOK 491.200
  • 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 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 this positions is no later than April 1st 2022, preferably earlier.

To qualify for the PhD candidate position, candidates must have successfully completed their MSc degree before the starting date.

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
  • A list of up to two references with contact information.

Application deadline:

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, until December 4, 2021.


Further enquiries should be addressed to Research Scientist Miroslav Kuchta, [email protected]

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.

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