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 the M3S Cloud research group at the Empirical Software Engineering in Software, Systems, and Services (M3S), to work on empirical software engineering and data analysis.

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 where you can share your expertise and grow as an expert.
  • 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?

The successful applicant will carry out their research in areas of empirical software engineering and data analysis, and statistical methods.

In particular, the candidate should work on the definition and validation of new methodologies to be applied in the context of empirical software engineering and on the definition of robust data analysis approaches to analyze time-dependent data in software engineering. We expect you to have:

  • A complete master’s degree in a related field, e.g., Computer Science, Software Engineering. Students near completion can also apply. The degree must be completed prior to the beginning of the employment
  • Good English skills (writing, speaking)
  • Expertise in Empirical Software Engineering, data science, statistical methods for software engineering, and mining software repositories
  • See the requirements of the University of Oulu Graduate School.


The position is fixed term for 3 years, from 1.10.2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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 01.09.2023 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system.

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

  1. 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. CV following the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity
  3. List of publications based on the guidelines of the Academy of Finland.  [with ten most important indicated]

  4. Certificates/Diplomas
  5. Contact information of two senior/experienced researchers available for recommendation

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.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, such as people of different ages, genders, and lingual, cultural, or minority groups. 

Contact Information

If you have any further questions, please contact Assistant Professor Valentina Lenarduzzi, valentina.lenarduzzi@oulu.fi   


Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Oulu
County Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
Country Finland
Reference number 2023/262
Published 01.Jun.2023
Last application date 01.Sep.2023

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