Open PhD position in Simula’s Networks department

Call for PhD position in Networks


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About Simula

Simula Research Laboratory AS is a publicly owned research institute located outside Oslo, Norway. We are a multi-cultural organization, employing about 150 individuals from 30 countries. Simula conducts ICT research in the fields of communication technology, scientific computing and software engineering, with the main objective of generating new understanding and creating vital knowledge about fundamental scientific challenges that are of genuine value to society. This is achieved through high quality research, education of graduate students, industry collaboration, technology transfer and commercialization.

Project Description

Centre for Resilient Networks and Applications (CRNA) at Simula focuses on robustness and security of ICT infrastructures. This implies research on networks and applications with the aim of making them resilient with respect to failures and changing environment. The Networks department works on resilience in communication networks and applications from a measurement perspective, through prototyping and through theoretical studies.
We are looking for a PhD student to join our team of senior and junior researchers in the Networks department of the CRNA. The successful candidate will be part of a national project called DOMINOS that aims to investigate, monitor, and improve the resiliency and robustness of the Internet infrastructure in particular and communication networks in general. The project also intends to explore interdependencies between communication networks and other infrastructures like the power grid. We will follow an empirical measurement-driven approach that involves using existing publicly available data sets as well as designing novel measurement tools and techniques.


The successful candidate is expected to:

• Investigate the resiliency of and the interdependencies in the global routing system
• Contribute to devising inference schemes to identify interdependencies between networks
• Collaborate with the project manager and external collaborators on building a framework
for assessing and improving network observability
• Supervise and cooperate with master students

The duration of doctoral fellowship will be 3 years, starting as soon as possible. All PhD students at Simula will be enrolled as PhD students at the University of Oslo Mathematics and Natural Sceince Faculty.

Your Profile

Interested applicants should:

• Hold a Master degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, network science or related fields
• Have a solid background in computer networks
• Basic knowledge of statistics and machine learning is a plus
• Demonstrate excellent level of spoken and written English
• Be able to start as soon as possible and no later than May 15th
• Possess good interpersonal skills and show willingness to work as part of an international team

Simula Offers

• Excellent opportunities for doing high quality research, as part of a highly competent and motivated
team of international researchers.
• Nice office facilities located close to the Oslo fjord and 10 minutes drive from the centre of Oslo, the
capital of Norway.
• An informal and including working environment.
• Professional courses and workshops led by international experts on topics such as Communication of Scientific Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Writing Effective Research Proposals.
• A competitive salary.

Simula strives to achieve a good balance between male and female employees, and women are
particularly encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements

Candidates MUST send their application via the link at the bottom of this page.
Applications sent by e­mail will not be examined.

The application MUST include:
• Curriculum vitae (summarizing education, positions and academic work – scientific publications)
• Master thesis, or abstract of thesis if the thesis itself is unavailable/unfinished
• Cover letter explaining the candidate’s background, qualifications and research interests
• Copies of educational certificates, and transcript of records
• Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number).The application deadline is as soon as possible, but no later than the 15th of March 2016.
Note that all attachments MUST be submitted in PDF format, and with the exception of the CV and the Master thesis, combined into one single PDF-document in the order specified by the list above. To avoid misplacement, please make sure to include your first and last name in the filenames of all documents that you send us.

We are interested in how you first came to learn about this position ­ please let us know in your cover letter.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


For more information, please contact Dr. Ahmed Elmokashfi (, +4747452315)

Apply here!