Postdoctoral Fellow in Explainable Artificial Intelligence for Process Planning

Deadline: 30.06.2023

Simula Research Laboratory

Simula Research Laboratory is a publicly owned research laboratory located in Oslo, Norway. Simula’s mission is to solve important and fundamental problems of science and engineering, aiming to benefit and advance 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.

Call for 2,5 years Postdoctoral Fellow in Explainable Artificial Intelligence for Process Planning

At Simula Research Laboratory in the Department of Validation Intelligence for Autonomous Software Systems (VIAS), we are seeking a 2,5-years postdoctoral fellow in the EU-funded project MARS (Manufacturing Architecture for Resilience and Sustainability).


MARS will develop Industry 4.0 emerging technologies including digital twins of products, processes and machines, central intelligence with fleet learning approaches, and data-driven manufacturing process models using multi-criteria intelligent optimization of processes and resources especially addressing environmental footprint.

The postdoctoral fellow’s work will be central to Simula’s activities in the project. The tasks are centred around 1) the development of neuro-symbolic models for computer-aided process planning (CAPP) and data processing of sensor-based data, and 2) the explanation of machine learning models for quality assessment.


Postdoctoral fellow, explainable ai, machine learning, data science, constraint reasoning, symbolic AI, manufacturing

Candidate Profile

We are looking for a candidate for a 2,5-year postdoc fellowship. Candidates must have completed their PhD before the starting date and should have a solid background in one or multiple of the following areas:

  • (Explainable) machine learning
  • Constraint reasoning / combinatorial optimization / Constraint programming
  • Symbolic AI with data-driven components or inputs
  • Automated process planning for manufacturing
  • Data science and data processing

The candidate should further have

  • An excellent publication track record in international conferences or journals
  • Interest in neuro-symbolic approaches
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work and communicate well in an internationally collaborative environment

Simula offers:

  • An excellent environment and outstanding opportunities for performing high quality research as part of a highly competent 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 544.400 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, 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 date: The starting date for the position is flexible with a latest starting date of 31.12.2023.

Applications will be continuously screened until the position has been filled.

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, language skills etc;
  • All relevant diplomas and transcripts, and PhD degree;
  • A list of up to two references with contact information.

Application deadline: June 30, 2023.


Additional enquiries regarding the position can be addressed to Arnaud Gotlieb (arnaud@simula.no) and Helge Spieker (helge@simula.no). Applications must be submitted via the online submission system.

Simula Research Laboratory uses Semac´s background check in our recruitment process. Employment for this position will be made according to the Act relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and any attachments are considered to be in conflict with the export control regulations will not qualify for this position.

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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