Several Postdoctoral Researcher and Research Fellow Positions in ICT (Helsinki, Finland)


Several Postdoctoral Researcher and Research Fellow Positions in ICT (Helsinki, Finland)


Several Postdoctoral Researcher and Research Fellow Positions in ICT (Helsinki, Finland)

Aalto University and University of Helsinki, the two leading universities in Finland in computer science and information technology, are currently looking for several Postdoctoral Researchers or Research Fellows in ICT. These positions belong to the university career system and the selected person will be appointed for a fixed-term position, for postdoctoral researchers typically for two years with an option for renewal. For exceptional candidates, a longer term Research Fellow position can be considered. The length of the contract and starting and ending dates are negotiable. In addition to research work, persons hired are expected to participate in the supervision of students and teaching following the standard practices of the hiring department.

Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT is a joint research institute of Aalto University and the University of Helsinki for basic and applied research in information technology. HIIT's mission is to conduct top-level research, seamlessly moving between fundamental methods and technologies to novel applications and their impact on people and society. HIIT’s research programmes are ambitious, challenge-driven and typically interdisciplinary, operating across several departments and collaborating with the industry. In August 2016, HIIT launched four new research programmes that are now offering several researcher positions (areas 1-4) to complement the work of the participating research groups. The researchers to be recruited will be placed in one of the participating groups, or in some cases a shared position may also be possible. Interested applicants are encouraged to explain in their application which of the participating group or groups would be the best match to their profile, and how they would strengthen the research programme in general.

In addition to the HIIT programmes, several other positions are available in the Helsinki Metropolitan area, listed below as items 1-11 below. These positions are typically based on an externally funded research project, so that the scope may be more focused than in the HIIT research programmes (there may be some overlap with the research focus as some of the projects belong to one of the the new HIIT research programmes).

Positions are available in the following areas (please indicate in your application the areas you are interested in, and give motivations for your selections):

1. HIIT Research Programme on Computational Inference programme (COIN), Professors Samuel Kaski, Jukka Corander, Petri Myllyma╠łki, Antti Oulasvirta, Matti Pirinen, Aki Vehtari

2. Foundations of Computational Health, Juho Rousu, Aristides Gionis, Keijo Heljanko, Jari Saramäki (Aalto University), Tero Aittokallio, Ville Mustonen (University of Helsinki). NB! Up to 4 positions available.

3. HIIT Research Programme on Building Trust in Secure Computing Systems (BURST), Professors Tuomas Aura, N. Asokan, Valtteri Niemi, Stavros Tripakis,  Sasu Tarkoma

4. HIIT Research Programme on Augmented Research (AR), Professors Giulio Jacucci, Samuel Kaski, Petri Myllymäki, Aristides Gionis, Sasu Tarkoma, Niklas Ravaja

5. High-throughput bioinformatics and epigenomics, Prof. Harri Lähdesmäki

6. Solver Technology for Answer-set Programming, Professor Ilkka Niemelä and Dr. Tomi Janhunen Department of Computer Science, Aalto University

7. Machine Learning and Adaptive User Interfaces, Professor Antti Oulasvirta, Department of Communications and Networking, Aalto University; Professor Jukka Corander, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Helsinki; Professor Samuel Kaski, Department of Computer Science & Helsinki Institute of Information Technology HIIT, Aalto University

8. Probabilistic Machine Learning, Professor Samuel Kaski, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, Aalto University and University of Helsinki

9. Probabilistic machine learning for precision medicine and data-driven healthcare, Professor Samuel Kaski, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, Aalto University and University of Helsinki

10. Internet of Things, Mario Di Francesco, Department of Computer Science, Aalto University

11. New language modeling methods for video subtitling and foreign language learning, Mikko Kurimo, Aalto University, Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics

12. Complex Systems Computation Research Group,  Professor Petri Myllymäki, Department of Computer Science & Helsinki Institute of Information Technology, University of Helsinki

13. Creatively self-adaptive software architectures, Prof. Hannu Toivonen and Prof. Tomi Männistö
University of Helsinki, Department of Computer Science

14. Big Data Management, Prof. Jiaheng Lu, Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki

Each of the areas listed above has at least one position available on a postdoctoral or Research Fellow level. For more detailed descriptions of the topics, please visit:


The candidate should have a Ph.D. and are expected to have an excellent track record in scientific research in one or several fields relevant to the position. Good command of English is a necessary prerequisite. 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 or groups in question. Efficient and successful completion of studies is considered an additional merit.

 Compensation, working hours and place of work

The salary for the position is typically between 3 450 and 3 700 EUR per month depending on experience and qualifications. In addition to the salary, the contract includes occupational health benefits, and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. The annual total workload of teaching staff at recruiting universities is 1 624 hours. The position is located at Aalto University’s Otaniemi campus or University of Helsinki’s Kumpula campus.

Application material and procedure

The applications for the postdoctoral researcher position are to be submitted through the eRecruitment system (link 'Apply for this job' below) no later than March 19, 2017 Finnish time.

 The application for the position should contain (in single pdf document named as lastname_firstname_application.pdf):

  • Motivation letter including a tentative plan for the research work (1-5 pages)
  • CV
  • List of publications
  • A transcript of the doctoral studies and degree certificate of the PhD degree

All material should be submitted in English. The application materials will not be returned. Short-listed candidates may be invited for an interview either at the Otaniemi or Kumpula campus or for an interview conducted via Skype. The recruiting universities reserve the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

About Helsinki

The Helsinki Metropolitan area forms a world-class information technology hub, attracting leading scientists and researchers in various fields of ICT and related disciplines. Moreover, as the birth place of Linux, and the home base of Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent/Bell Labs, F-Secure, Rovio, Supercell, Slush (the biggest annual startup event in Europe) and numerous other technologies and innovations, Helsinki is fast becoming one of the leading technology startup hubs in Europe. As a living and working environment, Finland consistently ranks high in quality of life, and Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is regularly ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world.

About the host institutions

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and more than 400 professors. Our campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, see

The University of Helsinki, established in 1640, is the most versatile university in Finland. The University of Helsinki is an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. 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

Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT is a joint research institute of Aalto University and University of Helsinki for basic and applied research on information technology. For more information, see

 Further information

  • Research related information: Professors listed above
  • Application process, practical arrangements: e-mail "



Sunday, March 19, 2017
Employing university: 
Aalto University
University of Helsinki

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