Doctoral Student, Learning and Educational Technology Research Unit (LET)

The University of Oulu is an international scientific community with 16,000 students and approximately 3,000 employees. The strengths of the University include wide multidisciplinary education/research interests, a modern research and learning environment, and good cooperation with international educational and research institutes.

Two Doctoral Student Positions in Learning and Educational Technology for the period from February 2019 to January 31, 2021

Both doctoral student positions are related to a large research project conducted in LET aiming to understand and support the regulation of complex learning processes in collaborative learning groups. In the doctoral thesis study, the focus will be on cognitive, motivational, and/or emotional learning processes grounded in the learning sciences. The applicant is expected to understand what is meant by process-oriented analysis and to develop skills to implement various multimodal sources in the analysis of the learning process (i.e., 360° video, log data, heart rate, skin conductivity, self-report).

LET ( is located at the Faculty of Education and contributes to Understanding Humans in Change and Digital Solutions in Sensing and Interactions,the two strategic research areas of the University of Oulu in working to understand how to increase human learning competence for the 21st century needs. LET focuses on understanding the learning and interaction processes at individual and groups levels and studying how digitalization can make these processes adaptive for ongoing learning in various contexts. Researchers use technology and multimodal data to study and make visible these mental and interactive processes, but also to support them for efficient and effective learning. LET is actively working within the University of Oulu profiling theme Generation Z and beyond: Co-evolution of human capabilities and intelligent technologies in the 21st century (GenZ).

We are looking for a candidate who has a strong background in learning research, and whose research interests are related to the themes of the LET. Ability to conduct independent scholarly research in English is required. The appointee to the position must hold a higher university degree.

The salary of the appointed researcher will be based on the demand level (levels 2-4) chart for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition to the basic salary, an additional salary component (not more than 50% of the basic salary level) will be paid based on personal achievement and performance. A separate agreement will be made on the teaching duties connected with the position within the framework of an annual work plan of 1624 hours, with the maximum being 5 % of the annual working hours as per the existing collective agreement. The position is subject to a trial period of 6 months.

The applications shall be submitted using the online application form on December 31st, 2018 at the latest.

The application should include the following documents (in English or Finnish):

  • CV (with education/previous degrees obtained, prior work/research experience, information on received research funding)
  • list of publications
  • motivation letter indicating personal interest and background for PhD studies
  • names of 1–2 referees

The assessment of an application is based on the quality of the motivation letter, scientific merits and other academic qualifications of the applicant, and the compatibility of the research interest in relation to the research themes of LET.

Further information:
Associate Professor Hanna Järvenoja, hanna.jarvenoja (at) and Professor Sanna Järvelä, sanna.jarvela (at)

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