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Simula School of Research and Innovation seeks applicants for 3 PhD positions

Deadline: 15.04.2019

The Simula School for Research and Innovation seeks applicants for 3 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 under the “Simula Projects” section. Each project will require slightly different expertise and experience, but all are within the scope of computational biology and medicine. Thus, Simula is seeking 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 years, and the time of initiation will vary depending on the project but can be as early as August 1st 2019. All Simula-based SUURPh fellows will be enrolled as PhD students at the University of Oslo Mathematics and Natural Sciences Faculty.

As a SUURPh fellow at Simula you will work closely with your primary SUURPh supervisors in Oslo and at UCSD, and undertake coursework and training related to computational biology and medicine. In some cases the tasks of SUURPh fellows may involve some experimental procedures, but the majority of work will be focused on computational approaches to major questions in biology and medicine. As such, development of mathematical and computational techniques for analysing and reducing complex experimental data will be a common application 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 the Simula working environment, and all SUURPh fellows will be expected to conduct themselves in an engaged and participatory way with their peers and colleagues at Simula.

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. As such, all applicants should be prepared and eager to spend a portion of their degree (generally 6 months – 1 year) at UCSD.

As mentioned above, the breadth of the SUURPh scope allows students of many training backgrounds to be excellent candidates for these fellowships. However, because the all projects are computational in their nature 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 interest
  2. Suitable academic performance in Masters and undergraduate coursework (academic records are required).
  3. Strong quantitative and analytical skills are an advantage
  4. Experience in developing software or analysis tools for biological or medical applications is an advantage
  5. Good knowledge of the scientific field addressed by the project/s of interest is desirable
  6. Good communication and interpersonal skills are necessary.

We offer:

  1. An engaging and interactive working environment with highly competent and motivated researchers
  2. High-standard facilities and offices located on the Oslo fjord only a 10 minute ferry ride or drive from Oslo centre
  3. Competitive salary.

Application requirements:

To apply for one of the SUURPh doctoral fellowships hosted at Simula you will need to select at least one of the projects that has been proposed by Simula-based investigators for this programme. Detailed project descriptions are provided here, and each applicant is permitted to select up to 3 (total between UiO and Simula) projects to which they would like to apply. This page is a portal for applying to the Simula-hosted SUURPh projects. As such, by submitting an application here you are only applying for the Simula-based projects. A similar application portal for UiO projects can be found here.

  1. A cover letter summarising the candidate’s background, and listing (in ranked order) all SUURPh projects (both UiO and Simula) to which the candidate will apply.
  2. Curriculum vitae, listing contact information, education, prior research experience and specific research project involvement, and any publication of conference contributions or scientific papers.
  3. Copies of relevant diplomas or graduation certificates.
  4. Letters of reference, and contact information (name, current position, relation to the candidate, phone and email) for up to 3 academic and research-oriented referees.
  5. For non-native English speakers, proof of competency with English is optional but recommended. Standardized test results or completion of a University degree in an English-speaking country is suitable.

Simula seeks 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 in a single pdf document and attached using the form below, and submitted via the link at the bottom of the page – applications submitted by email will not be considered.

Application deadline: April 15. 2019.

Starting date can be as early as May 1. 2019, but will vary depending on the project.

For general questions, please contact Kimberly McCabe, [email protected]

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