Postdoctor in High Performance Computing and Security

Trondheim, Norway
12 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
12 Apr 2018
IE 023/18
Contract Type
Full Time

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, invites applications for one 3-year postdoctoral position in the intersection between High Performance Computing (HPC) and Security, associated with the 5-year eX3 project. The position is affiliated with the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology (IIK, at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE, The position will be located in Gjøvik, with a negotiable amount of time spent at the eX3 infrastructure located right outside of Oslo.

Information about department

The department has 22 tenured professors, 20 adjunct professors, 2 assistant professors, and about 30 PhD students and Postdocs. Research activities are organized in seven cross-disciplinary labs covering the academic areas of Internet of Things (IoT), Applied Cryptology, Intelligent Transport Systems, Quantifiable Performance and Dependability of Communication Systems, Biometry, Digital Forensics, and Information Security. The department provides teaching in BSc in IT Operations and Information Security, MSc Programmes in Communication technology, Telematics, and Information Security, and PhD programmes in Telematics and Information Security.

Information about eX3

Experimental Infrastructure for Exploration of Exascale Computing (eX3) is a new 5-year project funded by the Research Council of Norway. In this project, we will design, build and run a national research infrastructure that enables research on how to most efficiently configure, program and use emerging hardware for future high performance computing (HPC), targeting exascale. Such research is fundamental both to future applications within the traditional HPC domains as well as to the data-driven algorithms (such as deep learning algorithms) fueling the digitalization of modern society. That is, through eX3 we will explore computational backbone infrastructures critical to tomorrow’s society, infrastructures that need to be inherently secure and reliable.

The physical appearance of eX3 will be a heterogeneous computational cluster with a mix of nodes ranging from many-core CPUs, via powerful GPUs, to FPGAs and processors developed specifically for machine learning purposes. These nodes will be backed by several types of state-of-the-art interconnection networks. By its experimental nature, eX3 will allow an unprecedented opportunity for conducting large-scale measurements and experiments on computational performance, network performance and security related aspect, considering production-oriented usage as needed by the individual research activities. The eX3 cluster itself will be located at Simula Research Laboratory’s premises at Fornebu, close to downtown Oslo.

Besides NTNU, the consortium behind eX3 consists of Simula (coordinator and infrastructure host), University of Bergen, University of Tromsø, Uninett Sigma2, and the commercial companies Fabriscale Technologies, Numascale, Dolphin Interconnect Solutions, and Skala Technologies.

HPC infrastructures and security

Traditionally, the primary focus when developing HPC technologies has been on performance, and less so on security due to the controlled environments of their operation. However, as traditional HPC needs and demands for computing power in big data applications converge to a common denominator, and HPC and data intensive computing is brought to a broader audience by means of cloud technologies, HPC technologies and infrastructures are making their way into enterprise data centers and multi-tenant cloud environments. Such new and dynamic operational environments put new demands on the security aspects of current and future HPC installations. In eX3, next-generation HPC technologies will be available for experimental research on the HPC infrastructure itself, including essential and fundamental security aspects. The person selected for the announced post-doctoral position will operate at the heart of this environment, exploring forefront research opportunities within the HPC/security field.

Work description

We are looking for an excellent candidate possessing skills within HPC and HPC interconnection networks, and/or data intensive computing – and with a solid knowledge about information security. You will need a strong desire to explore the intersection between next-generation HPC technologies and security, strive to conduct world class research within this field, identify future research opportunities and take initiative in writing corresponding research proposals toward national and international funding agencies. Within the eX3 consortium, you will be part of a highly competent and motived team of international researchers and have a unique opportunity to work with bleeding edge technologies that will be meriting for future career development in both academia and industry.

Qualifications required for the announced position

Startup in the post-doctoral fellowship requires:

  • A completed doctoral degree in information security or computer science (preferably within HPC)
  • High motivation for research work and the ability to work independently
  • Good programming and analytic skills
  • Good organizational and communication skills with interest in the wider context of own research, including the ability to engage in cross-disciplinary teams
  • Eagerness to disseminate research results through publications and presentations at international conferences.
  • Written and oral fluency in English.

If the applicant’s mother tongue is not English or a Scandinavian language, and the PhD Degree is not from an English speaking country, it is necessary to provide a proof of English skills. The following tests can be used as documentation of English language skills: TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL:  600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)
  • IELTS:    6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
  • CAE/CPE: grade A or B

All successful candidates must be able to secure residence and work permit in Norway.

NTNU is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in employment practices, and we would particularly like to encourage female candidates to apply.

Salary conditions

The position is in code 1352 Post doctor, salary grade range 57-72 in the Norwegian State salary scale, gross NOK 488,900 – 647,700 per year, depending on qualifications. A deduction of 2% is made as a statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.


We can offer

  • an informal and friendly workplace with dedicated colleagues
  • academic challenges
  • attractive schemes for insurance and pension in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

Information about living and working in Gjøvik:

NTNU wants to attract outstanding and creative candidates who can contribute to our ongoing research activities. We believe that diversity is important to achieve a good, inclusive working environment. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of the gender, disability or cultural background.

The appointment is subject to the conditions in effect at any time for employees in the public sector.

Under Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act, information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have his or her name entered on the list of applicants.

To apply

The application must be sent electronically via this page ( with information about education and relevant experience (all in one combined PDF file).

The application should contain:

  • The reference code IE-023-2018 for the position
  • A cover letter (1 page) explaining your motivation and how your skills and experience relate to the research focuses of the position applied for
  • A draft research proposal outlining a possible approach to the position applied for (2-4 pages)
  • A Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications and English language test scores or other supporting documents (as proof of the candidates’ study and language abilities)
  • Relevant transcripts of grades, diplomas, and certificates
  • A description of the PhD work (1 page)
  • Contact details of two referees, preferably academic supervisor(s).

Any inquires about the position can be made by email to the eX3 scientific leader of communication technology Associate Professor Ernst Gunnar Gran (

Application deadline, interview and starting date:

We accept applications received by 12. April 2018.

Interview soon after deadline. Skype interview might occur.

Mark your application/correspondence with IE-023-2018

Desired starting date is as soon as possible/by agreement.

About this job

  • Deadline Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Gjøvik
  • Place of service Gjøvik
  • Jobbnorge ID 149571
  • Internal ID 2018/5689
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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