Aalto University and the University of Helsinki, the two leading universities in Finland within computer science and information technology, are looking for several researchers in these areas.

A detailed list of the available positions at:

Post docs are sought for fixed-term periods of at most three years and research fellows at most five years. Starting and ending dates can be negotiated.

Why Helsinki?

The Helsinki metropolitan region is a leading hub of computer science and information technology. The two collaborating universities employ close to 60 professors and over 200 graduate students in these areas and graduate more than 40 new doctors in CS and ICT each year.

Helsinki has been ranked as the World's Most Livable City (Monocle, 2011), and is the capital city of Finland. Finland is in the top 10 of the most highly educated nations in the world (OECD, 2013), and has been selected as the world’s best country to live in (Newsweek, 2010). Finland has a comprehensive social security and health care system, including exceptionally good parental leaves, and children's day care services.


In addition to research work, the person hired is expected to participate in the supervision of students and teaching related to his or her research topic.                                                     


Applicants are expected to have an excellent track record in scientific research in one or several fields of computer science. Good command of English is a necessary prerequisite.

Post docs must have completed their PhD degree, but negotiations can naturally be started earlier. Exceptionally, an early contract can be made with a different title. Research Fellows must have completed a postdoc period with excellent performance. Successful candidates for the Research Fellow positions are expected to have substantial postdoctoral experience from outside of the departments participating in the call.  

Compensation and place of work

The starting salary for the postdoc position ranges from 3 200 to 3 600 euros per month, and for research fellows from 3 790 to 4 200 euros per month, both depending on experience and qualifications. In addition to the salary, the contract includes occupational health benefits. The positions are located at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus or at the University of Helsinki Kumpula campus.

Application materials and procedure

The application material consists of the following documents merged in a single pdf-file in the order given below:

  • An application letter addressed to the Dean of the School of Science at Aalto University, indicating “Post doc or Research Fellow position in computer science in Helsinki, Finland” and which includes at least the contact information of the applicant and the names and contact information of two senior academics available for reference per e-mail.
  • A research statement of at most three pages outlining planned research work, explaining how it ties with one or up to three research groups in which the applicant is interested.
  • A complete curriculum vitae describing education and employment history,
  • List of publications, with pointers to openly available online versions of at most three of the most relevant publications.
  • Degree certificate of the PhD degree, including a transcript of the doctoral studies. In case the doctoral degree is still pending, an up-to-date study transcript and a plan for completion of the degree must be provided.

All application materials are to be submitted in English through eRecruitment system Saima: (Please note! Application form access at the bottom of the linked page, click "Apply for this job")

The deadline for sending the abovementioned materials is October 12, 2014.

Short-listed candidates may be invited for an interview either at the Otaniemi or Kumpula campus or for an interview conducted via Skype. In the review process, particular emphasis is put on the quality of the candidate's previous research and international experience, together with the substance, innovativeness, and feasibility of the research plan, and its relevance to the research group in question. Efficient and successful completion of studies is considered an additional merit.

Should there be a lack of eligible outstanding applicants, the application period may be extended. While all applicants who have submitted an application by the deadline will be appropriately considered, the universities reserve the right to consider also other candidates for the announced position.

For additional information:


Espoo, September 12, 2014

Aalto University and University of Helsinki


About the Universities

Jobs are available at the following departments:

  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Aalto University
  • Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki
  • Department of Information and Computer Science, Aalto University
  • Department of Media Technology, Aalto University
  • Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, Aalto University and University of Helsinki

Aalto University is a new university created in 2010 from the merger of the Helsinki University of Technology TKK, the Helsinki School of Economics, and the University of Art and Design Helsinki. It has 20,000 basic degree and graduate students, and a staff of 5 000 of whom 350 are professors. The Aalto Otaniemi campus is surrounded by the largest innovation hub in the Nordic countries. Otaniemi has been awarded a prize as the most competitive and innovative region in Europe by the European Commission. Over 600 companies from start-ups to multinational corporations are located in the vicinity of the Otaniemi campus. For more information, see

The University of Helsinki, established in 1640, is the most versatile university in Finland. It has 36,500 students and 8 600 staff members working at four campuses. The university lays special emphasis on the quality of education and research, and it is a member of the League of the European Research Universities (LERU). For more information, see

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