Pilestredet, Oslo
Application deadline: 
25 October 2021

PhD Position in Temporal & Multi-Modal Data Mining

We invite applications for a PhD position at the Machine Intelligence Department (MIND) at Simula Metropolitan Center for Digital Engineering.

Simula’s mission is to solve important and fundamental problems of science and engineering, with the main goal of benefiting and advancing society. We do this by concentrating on specific research areas in ICT and performing excellent research, by developing our people, and by spinning out applicable results into profitable startups. In short, “we hire the best people, those who are personally driven to push boundaries and innovate -  and then we give them the tools, space and freedom to do just that.” (CEO, Prof. Aslak Tveito)

Learn more about working at Simula: Careers at Simula

About the Position

To understand the functioning of complex systems such as the brain or human metabolome, there is an emerging need to jointly analyze heterogeneous data sets from multiple sources, and capture the underlying patterns. Such multi-modal data sets have the potential to provide a deeper insight into the system of interest when analyzed together. Some of these data sets are static while some are time-evolving. We focus on developing data mining methods to jointly analyze data from multiple sources and capture interpretable patterns with the ultimate goal of improving our understanding of complex systems. The topic of the PhD research will lie at the intersection of temporal data mining, matrix/tensor factorizations, graph mining and temporal link prediction. The position requires both methodological developments (model formulation, algorithmic advances) and the use of developed methods in applications. Application areas of interest are metabolomics, social networks analysis, and neuroimaging data analysis. (For metabolomics, see the Tracer project.)

We consider interested candidates who have a BS and MS degree in computer science, data science/machine learning, signal processing, and applied mathematics. Other required qualifications include

  • strong background in at least one (or preferably more) of the following topics: numerical linear algebra, optimization, and data mining, proved by top grades,
  • ability to carry out interdisciplinary research, and strong interest in dealing with the challenges of real data,
  • fluency in MATLAB and/or Python with a well-established background in programming, proved by relevant programming courses,
  • an average GPA of at least B in BS, and A in MS,
  • previous experience with low-rank approximations is a plus.


All candidates will also have to demonstrate an excellent level of spoken and written English, possess good interpersonal and communication skills and show willingness to work as part of an international team.

We offer

  • Excellent opportunities for performing high quality research, as part of a highly competent and motivated team of international researchers and engineers.
  • 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 attend conferences.
  • High-standard facilities and offices located in Oslo.
  • A competitive salary, with a starting salary from 491 200 NOK/yr.
  • Numerous benefits: access to company cabin, BabyBonus arrangements, sponsored social events, generous equipment budgets (e.g., computer, phone and subscription), subsidized canteen meals and monthly bus pass, 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 is a priority and we encourage them to make use of our flexible work arrangements to help balance their work and home lives efficiently.

Application requirements

Interested applicants are requested to submit the following:

  • A cover letter explaining the candidate’s background, qualifications, research interests
  • CV summarizing education, positions and academic or industrial work, scientific publications
  • Academic transcripts (both BS and MS)
  • Contact information of three references

Applications can only be submitted via our online system, applications submitted by email will not be considered.

Applications deadline: October 25, 2021

Starting date: Flexible

Applications will be screened continuously, and a decision will be made as soon as we find the right candidate.


Further information

For detailed information about SimulaMet please consult https://www.simulamet.no/

For more information about our work culture at Simula, see https://www.simula.no/about/simula-culture

If there are questions specific to the position, please contact Dr. Evrim Acar (evrim@simula.no)

Simula Metropolitan Center for Digital Engineering uses Semac's background check in our recruitment process.

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