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Open position for Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Secure Software Engineering

Deadline: As soon as possible

Simula Research Laboratory AS

Simula Research Laboratory AS is a publicly owned research institute located at Fornebu outside of Oslo, Norway. Simula is a multi-cultural organization, employing about 150 individuals from 29 countries. Simula conducts Information and Communication Technology (ICT) research in the fields of communication technology, scientific computing and software engineering. Simula's main objective is to generate new understanding and create vital knowledge about fundamental scientific challenges that are of genuine value for society. This is achieved through high quality research, education of graduate students, industry collaboration, technology transfer, 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. The most recent in-depth evaluation was published earlier this year, grading all research groups at Simula as excellent. The official working language at Simula is English. Oslo is a vibrant European capital, uniquely surrounded by forests and hills offering unsurpassed natural beauty, a high quality of life, and the occasional troll. Oslo and its surroundings boast a wide range of cultural and recreational activities, such as exceptional hiking and cross-country skiing opportunities within 30 minutes of the city centre by subway.

Open position for Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Secure Software Engineering

Simula Research Laboratory is seeking outstanding candidates for a full-time 2.5-year Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in Secure Software Engineering. The appointment is available immediately and review of candidates will be performed continuously until the position has been filled. Note that a second postdoc position is available with a start date of April 2020.

Project Description

The position is funded by the Norwegian Research Council via the IKTPLUSS project secureIT. The overall goal of the project is to devise intelligent methods and techniques that will help software engineers predict the vulnerability of source code during development. More concretely, we will investigate the use of data-driven techniques to improve vulnerability prediction based on vulnerability smells and security anti-patterns, and to conduct anomaly-based vulnerability prediction.

Candidate profile

The appointment requires a PhD degree in Computer Science, with specialization in Software Engineering, Software Security, Artificial Intelligence, or a closely related direction. Applicants who have not yet defended their thesis may also apply provided that the PhD work is submitted for assessment before the closing date for the application. Applicants are expected to have a strong publication record in selective international academic conferences and/or journals, and demonstrate in-depth knowledge of secure software engineering or of applications of machine learning / software repository mining in software engineering context.

Interested candidates are expected to:

  • be self-motivated, organized, eager to work on challenging research problems and keen to communicate their results to others;
  • demonstrate an excellent level of spoken and written English;
  • possess excellent analytical and programming skills;
  • show good interpersonal and communication skills and a willingness to work as part of an international team.

Simula is an equal opportunity employer, and women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Simula Offers

  • excellent opportunities for performing high quality research, as part of a highly competent and motivated team of international collaborators;
  • an informal and inclusive international working environment;
  • generous support for travels and equipment;
  • excellent facilities located by the Oslo fjord and a 10-minute drive from the centre of Oslo;
  • competitive salary.

Application Requirements

Interested applicants are requested to 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);
  • a short research statement (maximum 2 pages);
  • digital copies of (max 3) original research publications that the candidate considers as being representative(s) of their research work;
  • letters of recommendation from maximum two references, including the PhD supervisor.

The starting date is at the earliest convenience, but not later than summer 2019. Review of applicants will be conducted continuously until the position has been filled, and candidates may be hired even before the deadline. Thus, interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


Further enquiries regarding the position should be addressed to Leon Moonen ([email protected]). Note that applications should be submitted via the online submission system.

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