Call for PhD students and Postdoctoral Research Fellows in Data-Driven Software Engineering

by Leon Moonen, July 22, 2019

Simula Research Laboratory is seeking outstanding candidates for three-year full-time paid PhD positions and two-year full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow positions in the field of data-driven software engineering with a specific focus on methods and techniques that enable intelligent self-healing software systems. The appointment is available immediately and review of candidates will be performed continuously until the position has been filled. Note that a second PhD position is available with a planned start date of October 2020 for which we also accept applications at this time.

Project Description

The position is funded by the Norwegian Research Council via the IKTPLUSS project cureIT.  The primary objective of the cureIT project is to significantly increase the dependability, robustness, and resilience of today's software systems by developing new methods and techniques that help software engineers with the creation of intelligent self-healing software systems. These are systems that can autonomously detect the occurrence of unanticipated faults during execution, diagnose their causes, and recover from these situations. 

To achieve this goal, we will build on the notion of an artificial immune system. Similar to the human immune system, it will recognize and take care of unanticipated pathogens (resp. faults/infections) that could have negative effects. In particular, the project will address the following key scientific outcomes:

  1. Intelligent data-driven techniques that can detect failures by learning what is the system's normal behaviour, and recognize when a system behaves abnormally.
  2. Adaptive learning techniques that will enable early recognition of failures that are similar to the ones that have been seen before.
  3. Cost-effective techniques to diagnose the root causes of a failure, and for containing its impact, both inside and outside the system.

About Simula and Norway

Simula Research Laboratory AS is a publicly owned research institute located at Fornebu, just outside Oslo, Norway.  It is a multi-cultural organization, employing about 150 people from 29 countries (the official working language at Simula is English).  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 have repeatedly placed Simula at the forefront of international research in ICT. The most recent in-depth evaluation graded all research groups at Simula as excellent.

Norway is famous for its epic outdoor scenery, with wonderful fjords, gorgeous waterfalls and majestic mountain ranges. Moreover, Norway is a safe and peaceful country with a thriving economy, offering a high standard of living and all benefits of a social-democratic welfare state, such as social security and universal public healthcare. Oslo is a vibrant European capital, uniquely surrounded by forests and hills offering unsurpassed natural beauty, and the occasional troll. Oslo boasts a wide range of cultural and recreational activities, such as exceptional hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing opportunities within 30 minutes of the city centre by subway. 

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;
  • a very competitive salary (the current range for PhD candidates is NOK 449,400 to NOK 497,000 and for PostDocs it is NOK 524,200 to NOK 597,400).

Candidate Profile

Both positions require a background in Computer Science, with specialization in Software Engineering, Robust/Resilient System Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, or a closely related direction. The PhD position requires an MSc degree, and the Postdoctoral position requires a PhD degree. Interested candidates are expected to be self-motivated, organized, eager to work on challenging research problems, and keen to communicate their results to others. Moreover, they should demonstrate an excellent level of spoken and written English, possess solid 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.

For more details and application requirements, see the respective application pages:

The planned starting date for the PhD postion is October 2019 and for the PostDoc it is April 2020, but there is some flexibility for adjustment. Review of applicants will be conducted continuously until the position has been filled, and good candidates may be hired before the deadline. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and before the deadline of August 31st, 2019 for the PhD position and September 30th, 2019 for the PostDoc position.


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