PhD position in Validation Intelligence for Autonomous Systems at Simula Research Laboratory

Application deadline: 
15 September 2019

Simula Research Laboratory has a three-year PhD position available in the intersection of artificial intelligence and software testing, validation, and verification. The position is associated with project “T3S: Testing of autonomous systems”.

Project description:

The PhD position is in the context of AI for testing of intelligent capabilities of autonomous systems. Autonomous systems are emerging technologies that are impacting a range of industries and many areas of human life nowadays (examples include driverless cars and collaborative robots). Autonomous technologies offer a significant opportunity to enhance economy and society, but they may also cause fatal harm if they malfunction. There are great open challenges of testing these autonomous systems, to prevent their malfunctioning, and to ensure their safe and fault-free behavior. 

We are looking for a student who is interested in developing and evaluating novel artificial intelligence techniques addressing the challenges mentioned above. 

Research environment: 

Simula Research Laboratory AS is a publicly owned research institute located at Fornebu (Oslo), Norway. Simula has a multi-cultural organization, employing about 150 individuals from 33 countries, who conduct 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 recently published, grading all research groups at Simula as excellent. 

Simula is an exciting workplace, offering an inclusive working environment, many opportunities for social and sport activities, and benefits, such as temporary housing for new employees from abroad, Norwegian language courses, etc. 

About Norway:

Norway has been ranked by the UN as one of the countries with the highest living standard in the world. The country is known for its unique and spectacular fjords and mountains. Summer is warm and gives sunshine around the clock.

Candidate profile:

  • Candidates must have a completed (before the position starts) MSc degree in Artificial Intelligence, or Computer Science or Software Engineering with excellent grades. 
  • The candidate should have excellent level of spoken and written English, possess good interpersonal and communication skills, be curious and creative, and show the willingness to learn and work as part of an international team. Simula is an equal opportunity employer and women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Simula offers:

  • A strong research environment and an opportunity to be part of a highly competent and motivated team of senior researchers, Postdoc researchers, and PhD students.
  • An informal and inclusive international working environment.
  • Good office facilities located in Oslo.
  • A competitive salary. Salary range from NOK 449.400 to NOK 497.000

Application requirements:

Interested applicants are requested to submit the following:

  • Curriculum vitae summarizing education, positions and academic or industrial work, scientific publications, and software development experience;
  • A cover letter explaining the candidate’s background, qualifications, research interests and how/why the candidate is willing to do Research;
  • Academic transcripts;
  • Copy of Master thesis (if available) ;
  • Contact information of two references, including the Master supervisor(s).

Application deadline: 15 September 2019

Applications must be submitted through the portal. Applications will be screened continuously, and a decision will be made as soon as we find the right candidate. Additional enquiries regarding the position can be addressed to Arnaud Gotlieb ( and Dusica Marijan (


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