Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biologically inspired artificial
01 July 2022
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A position as a Postdoctoral researcher in Biologically inspired neural
networks for artificial intelligence (Bio-AI) is available at Simula
Research Laboratory. The candidate may start immediately if offered the
position, preferably before October 2022, however, a later starting date can
be agreed upon. The candidate is hired for three years.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems are transforming society, opening
unprecedented opportunities for innovation and new fundamental understanding.
While AI systems are inspired by neural networks in the brain, they are far
from reaching the brain's robustness, flexibility, small need for training
data, and low energy expenditure. Bio-AI aims to implement brain principles
into AI systems to inspire new solutions that are more robust when facing
adversarial attacks and more flexible in transferring learning from one
context to another, allowing systems to continuously learn new tasks while
reducing the energy demands. Parallel studies in neuroscience and AI will open
for improved explainability, an important societal challenge. Depending on
their background, the Postdoctoral researcher will work on fundamental
problems in AI such as robustness and representations, explainability,
transfer learning, continual learning, causal representation learning, or
The project is interdisciplinary, including computer science, computational
physics, computational neuroscience, and experimental neuroscience aiming to
use insights from biological neural networks to improve methods and algorithms
for artificial neural networks. There are also opportunities to work closely
with neuroscientific data relevant to both healthy and diseased brains in
collaboration with the Center for Integrative Neuroplasticity (CINPLA),
University of Oslo (UiO).
The core team working on the project will consist of about 10 Ph.D. students,
one Research Scientist at Simula Research Laboratory, Mikkel Elle Lepperød,
and Professors Anders Malthe-Sørenssen and Marianne Fyhn at Simula and CINPLA,
UiO. The Postdoctoral researcher is expected to serve as a co-supervisor for
Ph.D. students and take part in project design.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Scientific Computing, Simula, Machine Learning,
Computational Neuroscience, Applied Mathematics.
We are looking for interested candidates with a Ph.D. in machine learning,
computational neuroscience, statistics, applied mathematics, physics,
scientific computing, or a similar subject. The candidate should be familiar
with programming, mainly using python.
Excellent opportunities for performing high-quality research as part of a
highly competent and motivated team of international researchers and
An informal and inclusive international working environment;
Generous support for travel, and opportunities to build international
networks through established collaboration with industry, exchange
programs and research visits with other universities, and funding to
Modern office facilities are located in the center of Oslo.
A competitive salary. Starting salary from NOK 543.500
Numerous benefits: access to company cabin, BabyBonus arrangements,
sponsored social events, generous equipment budgets (e.g., computer,
phone, and subscription), subsidized canteen meals, comprehensive
travel/health insurance policy, etc.
Relocation assistance: accommodation, visas, complimentary Norwegian
language courses, etc.
Administrative research support: e.g., quality assurance process for grant
proposals (including RCN and EU programs).
Wellness and work-life balance. Our employees' health and well-being are a
priority, and we encourage them to use our flexible work arrangements to
help balance their work and home lives efficiently.
Interested applicants are requested to submit the following:
Curriculum vitae: summarize your educational background, working
experience (in particular, any relevant academic or industrial work),
list of scientific publications, etc.
Cover letter: outline your motivation for applying, relevant experience
and qualifications, research interests, and how/why you are qualified for
the position and preferred starting date.
Relevant documentation to show completion of the doctoral degree.
Contact information of two references, including Ph.D. supervisor(s).
Application deadline: July 1, 2022
Candidates will be continuously screened, and the position is open until the
position has been filled preferably before October 2022, however, a later
starting date can be agreed upon .
Additional inquiries regarding the position can be addressed to Mikkel Elle
Lepperød, firstname.lastname@example.org +4792216758.
About Simula and Norway
Simula Research Laboratory AS is a publicly owned research lab located in the
center of Oslo, Norway. Simula conducts Information and Communication
Technology (ICT) research in the fields of scientific computing, software
engineering, communication systems, machine learning, and cybersecurity.
Simula's main objective is to create 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. 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 was published in 2017, grading the full range of research at Simula
Simula appreciates diversity. We currently employ approximately 200
individuals from 35 countries and strive to create a family-friendly working
environment. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage women to
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both in terms of research and education, and facilitates extended research
stays abroad. Our Master's and Ph.D. students conduct their research at
Simula, attend courses and receive their degrees from university partners.
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