Postdoctoral Researcher, Postdoctoral Fellow, and Research Fellow Positions in ICT

The Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT) invites applications for Postdoctoral Researcher and HIIT Postdoctoral Fellow positions starting in 2022 lasting two years, with the possibility of a one year extension. For more senior candidates, a longer-term HIIT Research Fellow position of three years, with the possibility of an extension, can be considered. The length of the contract as well as the starting and ending dates are negotiable.

All excellent researchers in any area of ICT can be considered, but priority is given to candidates who support one (or more) of the HIIT strategic focus areas:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computational Health
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Science
  • Foundations of Community

To find out more information about these focus areas and possible supervisors/research groups, please find the corresponding section below:

Qualifications:

The candidate must have a PhD at the time of the application. The candidate should also have an excellent track record in scientific research with publications in one or more fields relevant to the position. A good command of English is a necessary prerequisite.

Compensation, working hours and place of work:

HIIT follows the guidelines of the university agreement for salaries. The salary for a postdoctoral researcher starts typically from about 3500 EUR per month depending on experience and qualifications.  Those who are a more senior candidate and will work as a Research Fellow shall receive a higher compensation in regards to their experience. The length of the contract for both the HIIT Postdoctoral Researcher and HIIT Research Fellow as well as the start and end dates are negotiable. 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/research staff at the recruiting universities is 1624 hours. The position is located at Aalto University’s Otaniemi campus or the University of Helsinki’s Kumpula campus. The positions belong to the university career system and the selected persons will be appointed for fixed-term positions, for Postdoctoral Researchers typically for two years (unless otherwise stated) and for Research Fellows typically three years, with an option for renewal.  In addition to research work, the persons hired are expected to participate in the supervision of students and teaching following the standard practices of the hiring department.

Application Process:

In order to find the best match between candidates and supervisors, all applicants are asked to describe their prospective research topics and how they foresee the execution of their contributions in one of the research focus areas. Those applying for the more senior HIIT Research Fellow should provide a preliminary research agenda.

The applications are to be submitted through the eRecruitment system.

Required attachments:

(1) Cover letter (1-2 pages in length) which includes the itended potential supervisor(s), your motivation for applying to work with said supervisor, how you could contribute to the research produced by the supervisor and research area, and other relevant information. For more senior researchers, you should also include a preliminary research plan (3-5 pages) which includes background information, research objectives and methods,  possible hypothesised results, possible collaboration, and any other key information.

(2) CV

(3) List of publications (please do not attach full copies of publications)

(4) A transcript of doctoral studies and the degree certificate of the doctoral degree

(5) Contact details of possible referees from 2-3 senior academic people. We will contact your referees, if recommendation letters are required.

All materials should be submitted in English in a PDF format.

In the evaluation of the candidates, emphasis is put on the quality of the candidate’s previous research and international experience as well as the innovativeness, impact potential, feasibility of the research plan, and its relevance to one or more of the focus areas. The ability to link work between two or several research groups from different areas, and initiate or enhance collaboration, is an additional positive aspect.

Candidates short-listed for either the project-based Postdoctoral researcher position or the Postdoctoral Fellow position may be invited for an interview either at the Otaniemi or Kumpula campus or for an interview conducted via Zoom. Candidates short-listed for the Research Fellow position may be invited to provide a public lecture at either the Otaniemi or Kumpula campus or via Zoom.

Position Summary:

Postdoctoral Researcher

Postdoctoral researcher positions are intended for researchers who have recently completed their doctoral degrees, typically within the last three years. These Postdoctoral Researchers will work on a singular project or group of related projects with an intended supervisor at either of our sponsoring universities. These positions allow for the Postdoctoral Researcher to develop as a researcher and further their career as a scientist.

HIIT provides funding for two types of researchers: Postdoctoral Researchers and Research Fellows. These positions are meant to support the career development of excellent researchers who plan a career as a scientist.

HIIT Postdoctoral Fellow

HIIT Postdoctoral Fellow positions are intended for researchers who have recently completed their doctoral degrees, typically within the last three years. HIIT Postdoctoral Fellows are not hired to work on externally funded projects but are intended to support one or more of the aforementioned HIIT strategic focus areas. These positions provide opportunities for development as a researcher within a research area from one of the four departments conducting ICT research in Aalto University and University of Helsinki.

The initial contract period is normally for two years with the possibility of a one year extension up to a total of three years.

HIIT Research Fellow

HIIT Research Fellow positions support the career development of excellent advanced researchers who already have some postdoctoral research experience. While HIIT Research Fellows have a designated supervisor at University of Helsinki or Aalto, they are expected to develop their own research agenda and to gain the skills necessary to lead their own research group in the future. HIIT Research Fellows should strengthen Helsinki’s ICT research community either through collaboration or by linking ICT research with another scientific discipline. In either case, excellence and potential for impact are the primary criteria for HIIT Research Fellow funding.

The initial contract period is normally for three years with the possibility of a two year extension up to a total of five years.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is without a doubt one of the most important factors in the development of modern digital societies. Our main research focus is the study of methodological issues in AI and their wide applications, involving statistical and/or symbolic problems or their combinations, with partner usage.

Possible Supervisors/Research Group(s) with descriptions:

Supervisor Research Area/Project
Sami Kaski

Project Title

This is the description

Sampsa Hautaniemi Modeling and Machine Learning in Precision Oncology
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Computational Health

Computational Health aims to solve hard computational challenges faced upon the emerging digitalization and wide adoption of data-driven approaches in healthcare. We combine state-of-the-art computational methods with large-real world data arising in healthcare and personalized medicine, analysed in collaboration with experts from Aalto University, University of Helsinki, Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) as well as Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM). The computational health focus area studies computational challenges faced by the emerging digitalization and wide adoption of data-driven approaches in heathcare. The goal is to develop state-of-the-art computational methods and tools for large, real-world data arising in biomedicine, pharmaceuticals and healthcare.

Possible Supervisors/Research Group(s) with descriptions:

Supervisor Research Area/Project
Juho Rousu

Project Title

This is the description

Sampsa Hautaniemi (University of Helsinki) Modeling and Machine Learning in Precision Oncology
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Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is the protection of computer systems and networks from the theft of or damage to their hardware, software, or electronic data, as well as from the disruption or misdirection of the services they provide. This research area studies secure systems including human factors, software and hardware. The long-term mission of the Cybersecurity focus area is to enable the design, building and deployment of distributed large-scale systems, where each node (component, device, network element etc.) contributes in verifying trustworthiness of the entire system. Each node would also be able to verify whether any other node or even the entire system is trustworthy.

Possible Supervisors/Research Group(s) with descriptions:

Supervisor Research Area/Project Title
Valtteri Niemi Project Title

This is the description

Janne Lindqvist
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Data Science

The data science focus area deals with the task of extracting knowledge and insights from data, which is important across many fields of science. The aim is to solve significant societal and industrial challenges related to data analysis.

Possible Supervisors/Research Group(s) with descriptions:

Supervisor Research Area/Project
Jukka K Nurminen

Project Title

This is the description

Sampsa Hautaniemi (University of Helsinki) Modeling and Machine Learning in Precision Oncology
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Foundations of Computing

The foundations of computing focus area integrates a broad range of foundational expertise spanning multiple areas of algorithmics, cryptography, logic, and quantum computing. We welcome applicants working in all areas of theoretical computer science, broadly interpreted, including e.g. algorithmics and algorithm engineering, computability and computational complexity, computational logic, optimization, cryptography, computational geometry, natural computation, and foundations of distributed, parallel, and quantum computing.

Possible Supervisors/Research Group(s) with descriptions:

Supervisor Research Area/Project
Petteri Kaski Project Title

This is the description

Chris Brzuska Project Title

This is the description

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Contact Information

For any question regarding the electronic application system, please contact Sanni Kirmanen (firstname.lastname@aalto.fi)

For questions regarding these positions, please contact the HIIT coordinator at coordinator@hiit.fi

Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT brings together the world-class expertise of Aalto University and the University of Helsinki in joint research centers and programs. The mission of the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT is to enhance the quality, visibility and impact of Finnish research on information technology and support cooperation between ICT researchers, researchers in other fields, industry and public organisations. To find out more information about HIIT, please visit our website.