Postdoc positions open

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Aalto University and the University of Helsinki are looking for Postdoctoral Researchers and Research Fellows in the following areas of ICT, including:

  • artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • data science
  • privacy and security
  • computational health
  • human-computer interaction
  • natural language processing

We welcome applications linking two or more of these areas together, and encourage female applicants to apply!


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The deadline for applications is November 29th, 2018. By applying to this call, organized by Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, you apply with one application to both Aalto University and the University of Helsinki. The employing university will be determined according to the location of the supervising professor. Further information can be found below.


Aalto University and the University of Helsinki are the two leading universities in Finland in computer science and information technology, and Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT is their joint research institute for basic and applied research in information technology. HIIT’s research is organized in the form of joint research centers and research programs. There are multiple research groups participating in each of them. 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. In addition, positions are available in the specific projects listed below.


Research centers and programs


Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI). FCAI brings together the world-class expertise of Aalto University and the University of Helsinki in AI research, strengthened further with an extensive set of companies and public sector partners, creating an attractive, world-class ICT hub in Helsinki metropolitan area. FCAI research agenda builds on our world-class expertise in machine learning, and is spearheaded by 5 research programs with multiple research groups involved in each. FCAI is currently hiring postdoctoral researchers in the following FCAI research programs. For more information see

  • Agile probabilistic AI: Probabilistic programming; Robust and automated Bayesian machine learning.

Several professors contribute. Contact person: Aki Vehtari

  • Simulator-based inference: Approximate Bayesian Computation ABC; likelihood-free inference; Generative adversarial networks (GAN); applications in many fields including medicine, materials design, visualization, business, among others.

Several professors contribute. Contact person: Jukka Corander

  • Next generation data-efficient deep learning; including deep reinforcement learning.

Several professors contribute. Contact person: Harri Valpola

  • Privacy-preserving and secure AI: Privacy-preserving machine learning; differential privacy; adversarial machine learning.

Several professors contribute. Contact persons: N. Asokan, Antti Honkela

  • Interactive AI: Interactive machine learning; probabilistic inference of cognitive models from data; probabilistic programming for behavioral sciences.

Several professors contribute. Contact person: Antti Oulasvirta


How to apply


The applications are to be submitted through the eRecruitment system. Choose in the application form one or more of the research centers, programs and/or projects described above and explain in the motivation letter how you could contribute in the selected research area(s).


Required attachments:

  • Motivation letter including a tentative plan for the research work (1-5 pages)
  • CV
  • List of publications
  • A transcript of the doctoral studies and the 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 candidate should have a PhD and is 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 a postdoctoral researcher starts typically from 3 450 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 the recruiting universities is 1 624 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 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, the persons hired are expected to participate in the supervision of students and teaching following the standard practices of the hiring department.


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 high-quality research with significant impact on the international scientific community, industry and business, as well as the society at large. Aalto is an international community: more than 30% of our academic personnel are non-Finns. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students; it is in world’s top-10 of young universities (QS Top 50 under 50).

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 questions: The leader of the research center/program/project specified above

Application process and practicalities: Akseli Kohtamäki (