Doctoral researcher in Human-Centred Design and Digitalisation


University of Oulu is an international science university creating new knowledge, well-being and innovation for the future through multidisciplinary research and education. Close cooperation with research institutes, companies and the public sector has created an internationally significant research and innovation hub that has changed the world. Every day 2.6 billion people use technology developed in Oulu. In addition, the university’s multidisciplinary scientific structure offers unique possibilities for path breaking research.

We now open

a Doctoral Researcher position

in the area of Human-centred design and digitalisation. The position will be opened within INTERACT research unit Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu, Finland.


The position links together two University of Oulu strategic focus areas:

1) The Generation Z and Beyond (GenZ) programme and hub designed to do world-class interdisciplinary research on strengthening human capabilities in the new digital era, and

2) University of Oulu 6G Flagship that develops the fundamental technology needed to enable 6G and promotes digitalization in society.


Working environment

The person appointed for the position will become a part of a major expansion of the university’s profiling area Generation Z and beyond: Co-evolution of human capabilities and intelligent technologies in the 21st century. The appointed person is expected to conduct rigorous, nationally and internationally recognized research, and to live in Oulu, Finland. The position also includes some teaching duties. Research topic is related to advancing and developing children’s non-formal and formal education in India and Finland with means of digital technology. Research duties include reviewing relevant literature, collecting empirical data through working with stakeholders (schoolchildren, teachers, and other relevant actors), analyzing the data with help of theoretical frameworks, and writing academic conference and journal publications.


Qualification requirements

Background of the applicant needs to be in Human-Computer Interaction, or a related field with a clear contact with technology. We expect the applicant to:

- hold a master’s degree or have it completed latest on November 30, 2022

- have an interest in digital transformation of the society and understanding and strengthening human participation in the shaping and making of their digital futures

- have skills and interest in qualitative, interpretive, and participatory research work with stakeholders, taking a theoretically oriented approach

- have capability for independent work with a large number of stakeholders in an international environment

- be fluent in one or more Indian languages

- speak and write high quality English

- have a keen interest in writing (for research publications)

- previous experience with working with children is considered a merit

 See also the education requirements for Doctoral degree studies given by the University of Oulu graduate school, UniOGS


The position is fixed-term 1.12.2022-31.12.2023. A six-month trial period will be applied in the position. The salary of a doctoral researcher will be based on levels 2-4 of the requirement level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition to the basic salary, supplementary salary will be given for personal achievement and performance, the sum rising to a maximum of 50% of the basic salary level for the post. In practice, the salary is roughly 2300 – 2600 € (before taxes) per month.


The salary is paid for 12 months in a year. The successful candidate will receive also full benefits provided by the University of Oulu to all its employees, including free time corresponding to holidays and free occupational health care services.


How to apply


Applications must be submitted using the electronic application system by October 3rd, 2022, 23:59 (Finnish local time). Applications sent by email will not be considered. The following documents must be attached to the application (to be submitted in English):

1) Motivation letter describing prior background, research interests and career plans, maximum two (2) pages.

2) Curriculum vitae formatted according to the template of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (

3) A brief tentative research plan (maximum of 4 pages), on the topic area of this call, in English, detailing

-          Basis from existing research the applicant links to this research work

-          Interesting focus areas in the research from the applicant point of view

-          A plan for how the applicant would work with schools and related stakeholders in India, including companies

4) Contact information of two to three (2-3) persons, who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate.


We may start interviews during the application time. Decisions will be made during October. The applicant should be able to start working December 1, 2022.

More information:

Associate Professor Marianne Kinnula, e-mail:


About the City of Oulu

The City of Oulu is Northern Finland’s largest and oldest city, with a population of over 200,000. Located in the Gulf of Bothnia in the Oulu River delta, the city has good access from anywhere. Oulu is a very safe and family friendly community with one of the highest qualities of life in all of Scandinavia. This modern city with a beautiful harbour and market area offers plenty of cultural activities as well as opportunities for exploring the northern nature. Open space and parks can be found all along the Oulu River and throughout the area and they are easily accessed by bike – the favourite mode of transport in Oulu. There is an entire range of outdoor and sports facilities to choose from, not forgetting Finland’s biggest spectator sport, ice hockey. Winter is a season that is highly celebrated and lit bike trails and bridges bring the city alive. As the world’s northernmost tech hub, Oulu has a highly educated and innovative workforce and the University has a strong role in the community. Oulu is a marvellous place to live, work and enjoy a vibrant academic community. Welcome to the home of science with Arctic Attitude!

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