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PhD position in Networks

Simula Research Laboratory AS


Simula Research Laboratory AS is a publicly owned company located outside Oslo, Norway. It is a multi-cultural organization, employing about 150 individuals from more than 30 countries. Simula is conducting 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 commercialisation.

PhD position in Networks

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 mainly work within a nationally funded project called DOMINOS which aims to follow an empirical measurement-driven approach for dissecting and modeling interdependencies between communications networks both at the national level and at the global level. Our goal is two folds. First, we would like to develop a framework for empirically quantifying interdependencies in a network of networks. Such framework will help different stakeholders including regulators, operators, and end users gaining insights into the overall reliability of the systems they manage, own, operate and use. Second, we would like to raise the awareness for the potential catastrophic impact of large-scale failures. Hence, bringing the reliability of communication networks to the forefront of the national and global debate about infrastructures. In addition, we envision that the methods we intend to develop can be reused by research that studies networks of networks in different contexts. For example, biological networks of networks and financial and trade networks. Thus, enabling future opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations. 

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

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 and network protocols 
-Basic knowledge of statistics and machine learning is a plus
-Demonstrate excellent level of spoken and written English
Possess good interpersonal skills and show willingness to work as part of an international team

Simula Offers
- Excellent working environment with highly competent and motivated 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)
-List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
-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 30th of November 2015.
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). 

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