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PhD student (f/m) in Distributed Systems

Simula Research Laboratory. Fornebu (Norwegen), Berlin, 31.03.2017

Call for PhD student in Distributed Systems

Simula Research Laboratory (Simula) is seeking a PhD student to work in the field of distributed systems. The student’s research work will be conducted within a collaboration between Simula and the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) within the Einstein Center Digital Future (ECDF).

The PhD student will interact closely with teams at Simula and at TU Berlin and work with an experienced team of PhD supervisors. The PhD student is expected to pursue a research topic within the fields of networks and parallel and distributed systems that lies within the scope of the Simula’s section for Communication Systems and TU Berlin’s faculty for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Possible research topics include (but not limited to):

  • Resource management in distributed systems
  • Reliability, trustworthiness and robustness of information flows
  • Paradigms for parallel programming
  • Future architectures for distributed systems
The candidate is expected to submit a discussion of a research topic within this scope as part of the application, argue for its relevance and novelty, and define her/his expected contribution. This document will form a basis for potential candidates discussions with potential supervisors.

The PhD student will be employed by Simula, but s/he will work for extended periods both in Oslo and in Berlin. The student will aim at obtaining a PhD degree from the TU Berlin. The contractual period is 3 years. The starting date is as soon as possible.

About Simula
Simula Research Laboratory AS is a publicly owned research institute located at Fornebu outside of Oslo, Norway. It is a diverse, international and multicultural organization, employing about 150 individuals from 32 countries. Simula conducts 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 basic research, education of graduate students, industry collaboration, technology transfer and commercialization.

About ECDF
The Einstein Center Digital Futures in Berlin has been conceived as an inter-university nucleus for research on the digitalization of our society. The aim is to foster innovative, cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, and to provide outstanding training for talented young scholars. Research will be carried out in the core IT field of digital infrastructure, methods and algorithms, and in the three areas of innovation: digital health, digital society and humanities as well as digital industry and services.

Applicant’s profile
  • Successfully completed university degree (Master, Diplom or equivalent) in one of the following or related disciplines: computer engineering, com­puter science or related disciplines
  • Strong analytical skills as well as solid knowledge of computing and programming
  • Very high level of commit­ment, responsibility and self-initiative, and eagerness to work on challenging research problems
  • Practical experience with working in a team
  • Speak and write English at an excellent level
  • Good oral and written skills in scientific communication
Simula Offers
  • Excellent opportunities for doing high quality research, as part of a highly competent and motivated team of international researchers
  • Competitive salaries
Simula is an equal opportunity employer, and women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements
  • A cover letter explaining the candidate’s background, qualifications, research interests and how/why the candidate is qualified for the position
  • A discussion of a research topic as requested above (2-3 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae (summarizing education, positions and academic or industrial work, scientific publications and software development experience)
  • Documentation of education and other relevant experience
  • Letters (max 2) of recommendation (if available)
  • List of references (max 3) (include in the CV)
To avoid misplacement, please make sure to include your first and last name in the filenames of all documents that you submit to us.

The application deadline is June 30, 2017. It should be noted that incoming applications will be continuously evaluated.

Inquiries about the PhD student position can be made by email to Carsten Griwodz (

Apply here

Bewerbungsschluss: 30.06.2017