Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Human Computer Interaction and Human-Centered Development

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 INTERACT research unit Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu, Finland.

Working environment

You will become a part of the Academy of Finland-funded research project “Critical DataLit: Cultivating justice-oriented data literacies among GenZ” (Critical DataLit). The appointed person is expected to conduct rigorous, nationally and internationally recognized research in Oulu, Finland. The position also includes some teaching duties. The research topic focuses on a social justice-oriented approach to data literacy with an arts and technology approach. Research duties include reviewing relevant literature, collecting empirical data through working with stakeholders (schoolchildren, teachers, activity organizers, and other relevant actors), analyzing the data with the help of theoretical frameworks, and writing academic conference and journal publications.

 What we offer?

Qualification requirements

The background of the applicant needs to be in Human-Computer Interaction or a related field with clear contact with technology. We expect from you:

  • A master’s degree or have it completed latest on August 31, 2023
  • Interest to develop data pedagogies using participatory design and creative methods with a focus on social justice
  • Skills and interest in qualitative, interpretive, and participatory research work with stakeholders, taking a theoretically oriented approach
  • Capability for independent work with a large number of stakeholders in an international environment
  • Speak and write high-quality English
  • Keen interest in writing (for research publications)
  • See also the requirements of the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS)

We also see as merit:

  • Previous experience with working with children and young people
  • Experience with arts-based approaches
  • Skills in technical development for prototyping technologies, such as making and digital fabrication
  • Finnish language skills



The position is fixed-term 01.09.2023-31.08.2027. A six-month trial period will be applied to 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, a 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.


How to apply

Interested? If yes, please apply by August 15th, 2023 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system.

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

1) Cover 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) Certificates/Diplomas

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

  • Basis from previous research, the applicant links to this research work
  • Interesting focus areas in the research from the applicant's point of view

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

Decisions will be made during August. The applicant should be able to start working on September 1, 2023.

More information:

Postdoctoral researcher Eva Durall Gazulla, e-mail: eva.durallgazulla@oulu.fi

Please note that there may be delay on answers due to summer holidays.

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Oulu
Country Finland
Reference number 2023/321
Published 29.Jun.2023
Last application date 15.Aug.2023

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