Two Doctoral Student Positions, Machine Vision and Signal Analysis

The University of Oulu is an international science university creating new knowledge, well-being and innovations for the future through its multidisciplinary research and education. Close cooperation with various research institutes, companies and the public sector has created an internationally significant research and innovation hub that is changing the world. The University of Oulu has 13,000 students and approximately 3000 employees. 

Two one-year PhD student positions are open in Professor Guoying Zhao’s group in the Center for Machine Vision and Signal Analysis Research Unit (CMVS,,  to work on 1) facial expression and micro-expression analysis, or 2) multi-modal learning. The starting date is February, 2020 (negotiable).

A six-month trial period is applied in the positions.

A successful candidate for doctoral student position is expected to hold master degree in computer science or electrical engineering with previous experience and publications on computer vision or a related area. strong mathematical and programming skills with C/C++/Matlab/python are respected. Also, good knowledge of spoken and written English is required. After acceptance, the doctoral student will be enrolled to the University of Oulu Graduate School's (UniOGS) doctoral program. The general requirements for admission to the UniOGS can be found at

CMVS  ( provides an inspiring and international research environment. CMVS is renowned world-wide for its scientific breakthroughs in machine vision and signal analysis. Many of its results, including the Local Binary Pattern, face analysis and geometric camera calibration methodologies, are highly cited and have been adopted for different types of problems and applications around the world.  The unit is internationally attractive, with one visiting FiDiPro Professor and one Fellow, several visiting scholars and an extensive international collaboration network, enabling a large number of joint publications in leading forums.  The main research interests of CMVS are in computer vision and machine learning, affective computing, multimodal image and signal analysis, low-energy computing, and applications in affective human-computer interaction, biometrics, augmented reality, and biomedicine. In physiological signal analysis basic, applied and translational research in biomedical engineering is carried out to tackle key challenges of next generation personalized medicine and wellness solutions. In its field the Research Unit is globally highly ranked with research activities based on international collaborations. The partners of CMVS include three institutes of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Computing Technology, Psychology, and Automation), National University of Singapore, University of Georgia (USA), Imperial College London, Czech Technical University (Prague), University of Maryland (USA), Idiap Research Institute (Switzerland), and EPFL. At the University of Oulu the Research Unit and its leading experts are responsible for undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral education in the field.

The salary of the appointed doctoral student will be based on the demand level 2-4 in the salary chart for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition to the basic salary, an additional salary component (max. 50% of the basic salary level) will be paid based on personal experience, achievements and performance. In practice, the starting salary of a new doctoral student is approximately 2450 € per month and it will progressively increase along with the progress of the student.

Application procedure

The following documents must be attached to the application (to be submitted in English):

1) Cover/motivation letter describing prior background, research interests and career plans (1 page).

2) Curriculum vitae formatted according to the template of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity ( The CV should also contain a list of publications, if any, under the section ’Scientific and societal impact of research’. 

3) Contact information of two persons, who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate.


Applications must be submitted using the electronic application system by November 30, 2019, 23:59 (Finnish local time). 

Applications sent by email will not be considered.


For further information:

Concerning the research related information:

Prof. Guoying Zhao

Center for Machine Vision and Signal Analysis Research

Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

P.O.B. 4500, FI-90014 University of Oulu

Tel: +358 294 487564



Concerning the application process and practical arrangements:

Planning Officer Elina Rossi

Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

P.O.B. 4500, FI-90014 University of Oulu

phone: +358 294 48 4087




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