1-4 Postdoctoral researcher

Our naturally beautiful campus in the Jyväskylä city centre is home to a dynamic multidisciplinary research university – a modern, open and collaborative community of 2,500 experts and 15,000 students seeking answers to the pivotal questions of today and tomorrow. It was here, in 1863 that Finnish-language teacher education began. Since then, the University of Jyväskylä has been serving the future. The dialogue between research, education and society is our driving force. We cherish this balance of research and education, and work to promote open thinking. We kindle the skills, knowledge and passion to live wisely for the best of humanity.

Faculty of Information Technology is currently seeking to fulfill 1-4 post doctoral researcher level positions as of 1.7.2018 or as agreed (contract length maximum of four years, 2nd term contracts maximum two years)

The Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Jyväskylä is the first and largest in its field in Finland. The IT Faculty’s mission is to take on the challenges in research and education brought on by the developing information technology and digitalization. In research, education and stakeholder collaboration, the Faculty combines comprehensively technology and information to the viewpoints of organisations, business and people. The IT Faculty employs 200 people and, currently, there are 2200 undergraduate students and 150 postgraduate students. Teaching is arranged both in Finnish and in English.   

The research areas of the faculty are computational sciences, software engineering and data communication, information systems, computer science and cognitive sciences and education technology.

The duties of the postdoctoral researcher include research tasks specific to the researcher’s own area of research, high-level publishing productivity, teaching and thesis instruction as well as productivity in research projects and procuring research funding. Previous research collaboration with the faculty personnel is considered as an advantage.    

The Postdoctoral researchers are recruited for the faculty’s main research and study areas:

  • Information systems
  • Mathematical information technology (inc. data communication)
  • Education technology and cognitive sciences

and unifying development and profiling areas:

More details about the faculty’s research: https://www.jyu.fi/it/en/research

Teaching: https://www.jyu.fi/it/en/study/bachelors-and-masters-degree-programmes 

More details to the applicants

The duties and qualification requirements and language skills for the position of the Postdoctoral Researcher are stipulated by  the University of Jyväskylä Regulations and language skills guidelines. The candidate selected for the position should have finished their doctoral degree before starting in the position. Finnish language proficiency is required from a candidate elected as a member of the university teaching and research staff. According to Finnish law, a non-native university teaching and research staff member can be granted an exemption from the requirement of Finnish language proficiency. Good language skills in English are required. It is an advantage to the candidate to be able to teach in English.

The basic salary for the post-doctoral researcher position ranges between levels 5-6 (2865,30 €/month - 3340,77 €/month). Based on the personal performance evaluation, the basic salary is supplemented by a personal salary element which can amount up to maximum 46.3 % of the total salary.

A trial period of six months will be used when the position is first filled.

Upon the consent of the applicant, a background check can be made on the person to be appointed (Security Clearance Act 726/2014). For more information on the background check and the rights of the subject of the check, see www.supo.fi.

For enquiries about the positions, please contact head of faculty administration, Jaana Markkanen, jaana.markkanen@jyu.fi, +358 40 805 3279.

The application documents should include:

Please attach the following documents to the online application form:

  1. Curriculum vitae written in compliance with the responsible conduct of research and, when possible, considering the template for researcher’s curriculum vitae by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK). See: http://www.tenk.fi/en/content/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae. CV needs to contain a list of scientific publications, research areas, teaching experience and pedagogical competence, educational material produced by the applicant, other merits in the area of teaching, and other merits that are applicable for this job, and contact information of two academic referees.
  2. Short application / motivation letter, including applicant’s research interests and plan.
  3. List of publications
  4. A maximum of five main publications, numbered in accordance with the list of publications (as a single PDF file or in one zip-file). 

The application along with the required attachments should be sent by using the electronic application form on the University website.

The closing date for the application is 29th of April 2018.  

Research areas and study subjects

The information systems (IS) area includes three research groups, namely Cyber Physical Systems and Services, Information Security Management, and Software Business. The IS research groups have very strong industry connections. Data collection opportunities are outstanding. The Faculty of Information Technology aims to be one of the leading research institutions in Finland and Europe in the field of information systems. The annual intake of information systems students into the bachelors and master’s students is over 230, which is the largest in Finland and one of the largest in Nordic countries and also globally substantial.

The focus of the Mathematical Information Technology (“information technology") is to examine information technology from the natural sciences perspective. Deep understanding of mathematics, close cooperation with industry, interdisciplinary nature of doctoral education and global cooperation with other universities and research institutes are in the centre of the subject’s ethos.

The main research areas of the mathematical information technology area are computational sciences, software engineering, education and cognitive sciences and cyber security. Teaching is conducted both in Finnish and English.

The Postdoctoral researchers are recruited in the main research areas of mathematical information technology (“information technology”) and in education duties in bachelor’s and master’s education. A postdoctoral researcher is expected to have a suitable doctoral degree, ability to execute research independently and have the required teaching skills.

In this call for applications, the faculty more specifically seeks applicants who can teach in the area of networks (including IoT) in English and/or Finnish at Bachelor and Master level. We also welcome other excellent applicants who can contribute to this research groups/area.

Descriptions of the research areas and groups: https://www.jyu.fi/it/en/research 

Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary study of mind, experience, thinking and intelligence. In the Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Jyväskylä, cognitive science studies problems related to human-technology interaction (HTI). The research aims to solve HTI-related problems utilizing the concepts, theories, and methods of cognitive science. The Master’s program in cognitive science turns the students into experts of multidisciplinary HTI design and design management. The research and education in cognitive science emphasize deep, multidisciplinary understanding of human beings as the basis of interaction design.

Description of the research group is available at


In the field of Cyber Security the duties centre on the area of Information Systems Science, more specifically, Information Security Management, Information Security policy, designing and developing secure infrastructures, information systems and software. The Faculty of Information Technology hosts a Master’s Degree Program of Cyber Security, which is one of its kind in Finland. The objective of the Master’s program is to provide students a comprehensive expertise in cyber security that can be utilized in management and development positions dealing with the field of cyber security.   

From the viewpoint of Information Systems Science, cyber security is approached from the angles of information security management and security of information systems. In addition to empirical research, conceptual analysis and development of theories pertaining to phenomena of information security policy and management are emphasized in the field of research. Examples of research areas are, information security behaviour, investments in information security and development methods of secure information systems. The empirical part of the research is most often done in collaboration with national and international businesses.

From the viewpoint of Mathematical Information Technology, cyber security is interested in the information security and software security of landline and wireless networks. The research of network security focuses on protecting and preventing cyber-attacks, enhancing process behaviour and developing the mathematical methods in support of these activities. Software security focuses on enhancing formal methods and software security.

More about research: https://www.jyu.fi/it/en/research/research-areas/cyber-security