Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Empirical Software Engineering in Software, Systems and Services

The University of Oulu is one of the biggest and most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We create new knowledge and innovations that help to solve global challenges. We offer you an international and inspiring working environment where you are given responsibility and can use your skills, develop yourself and do work that matters. Our flexible and family-friendly workplace makes it easy for you to balance work and leisure. The University of Oulu is ranked in the top 3% of the world´s universities. 

We are now looking for

a Doctoral Researcher

to join us in the M3S Cloud research group at the Empirical Software Engineering in Software, Systems, and Services (M3S), to work on the Multimodal Fusion-based Anomaly Detection for Improving Microservice-based System project funded by the Academy of Finland.

About the job

The successful applicant will carry out their research in areas of software architecture in the cloud, and in particular on metrics and anti-patterns for microservice-based systems.

In particular, Mining Software Repositories techniques will be used to detect different types of metrics and anti-patterns from microservices-based systems. The research is part of a project funded by the Academy of Finland and Business Finland. The project develops methods for architectural anomaly detection of microservice-based systems. Motivating applications include experience with microservices and microservices metrics and patterns.

M3S (Empirical Software Engineering in Software, Systems, and Services) research unit at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the University of Oulu, Finland, M3S has a long tradition in industrial and international collaboration. It has actively participated in large European research projects since the 1990s. Over 30% of the research unit's staff are international. Members of the research unit have published their research in leading software engineering journals and conferences, e.g., IEEE Transactions on SE, IEEE Software, Empirical SE, Information and Software Technology, Journal of Systems and Software, and International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE).

What we offer?

  • The support of an experienced and enthusiastic team of 10 people where you can share your expertise and grow as an expert. Possibility to conduct doctoral research in a top-level research group
  • Working in a Research Unit with excellent collaboration with industry
  • International environment and projects, English as a working language
  • Regular salary is paid 12 months per year, including paid leave and an additional holiday bonus in the summer.
  • Wellness benefits ePassi, covering sport, culture, and well-being. Read more about other staff benefits.
  • Development and career options of the big organization.
  • Work that matters and a workplace that promotes flexibility and work-life balance. Read more about working with us.
  • Finland is one of the most livable countries in the world, with a high quality of life, safety, an excellent education system, and a competitive economy. Read more about living in Oulu.

Who are you?

We expect from you:

  • A master's degree in a related field, e.g., Computer Science, Software Engineering. Students near completion can also apply. The degree must be completed before the end of 2023.
  • Good programming skills, in particular in Data Science applied to Mining Software Repositories
  • Expertise in Microservices, knowledge of microservices patterns and metrics, knowledge in Literature Reviews, and preferably in Multivocal Literature Reviews.
  • Good English skills (writing, speaking)
  • See also the requirements of the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS)


The position is fixed-term for 4 years, starting as agreed in September-December 2023.

The salary will be based on levels 2-4 of the demand level chart for teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (a maximum of 50 % of the job-specific component). Starting gross salary will be approx. 2300-2600 € per month (before taxes). A trial period of 6 months is applied for the position.

How to apply?

Interested? If yes, please apply by 30.06.2023 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system.

The application should be written in English and include the following:

1) A cover letter (max. 2 pages) summarizing the applicant’s professional experience and expertise and describing why the applicant is interested in about this position. Also, information on personal research interests, experience, and career plans is valuable to provide here

2) Curriculum vitae (max. 4 pages) in accordance with the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity 

3) A research plan, max. 3 pages

4) List of publications based on the guidelines of the Academy of Finland, with the ten most important indicated

5) Certificates/Diplomas: Scanned copy of the original doctoral degree certificate and transcript of records and, when necessary, official translations to Finnish or English

6) Contact information of two senior/experienced researchers who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate

The eligible applicants fitting best in the profile expected for the position will be invited to an on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified during the selection process.


Contact Information

If you have any further questions, please contact prof. Davide Taibi, ITC. davide.taibi@oulu.fi

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Oulu
Country Finland
Reference number 2023/271
Published 02.Jun.2023
Last application date 30.Jun.2023

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