Faculty of Education and Psychology, Learning and Learning Process

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

Doctoral Researcher

to join us in the Hybrid Intelligence: Human-AI Co-evolution and Learning in multi-realities (HI) research programme at the University of Oulu. The programme is part of our national profiling actions supported by the Academy of Finland. HI stands on the fundamental research on emotion AI, learning processes and perception engineering for AI-based solutions e.g. in education and nursing. HI research combines the strengths of both humans and machines, emphasizing mutual understanding and learning from each other in their co-evolution. We propose building the metaverse idea by combining our physical and virtual realities towards a multi-reality. The programme focuses on international top-level collaborative and multidisciplinary research, supported by unique LeaF, a learning and interaction research infrastructure and its new Ethics Forum and Data Forum, which will establish a new deep crosscutting HI discussion in ethical and responsible ways. HI aspires to scientific leadership in solving global challenges by facilitating human-human and human-technology interaction, understanding and collaboration for the human capital behind AI. With its’ international networks HI will pave the way towards breakthroughs in how humans and machines interact and understand and learn from each other. HI will recruit new talented international researchers to bolster the scientific profile at the University of Oulu and initiate new collaborations with companies.

The doctoral researcher position will be located at the Faculty of Education and Psychology (Learning and Educational Technology (LET) Research Lab). We invite applications from candidates across various fields and disciplines who are interested in pursuing work that transcends disciplinary boundaries and who possess a strong background in learning sciences, computer sciences, or a relevant field.

About the job

The position is part of Hybrid Intelligence: Human-AI Co-evolution and Learning in Multi-realities (HI) profiling research programme at the University of Oulu, funded by the Academy of Finland in the Profi7 initiative. Your role will involve conducting multidisciplinary research employing advanced analytical methods, encompassing multimodal and AI-driven learning analytics, to comprehend human learning processes and to develop socio-technical systems for hybrid intelligence. You will conduct research within a team, manage project-related tasks, and disseminate research findings in leading international scientific journals.

What we offer?

  • The support of an experienced and enthusiastic team where you can share your expertise and grow as an expert.
  • Wellness benefit 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.
  • Our Buddy Programme and Spouse Network support you and close-ones in settling into Oulu.
  • We have a HR Excellence in Research -quality label which is a recognition awarded by the European Commission for the development of researchers’ working conditions and careers. 
  • Finland is one of the most livable countries in the world, with a high quality of life, safety, excellent education system, and competitive economy. Read more about living in Oulu.

Who are you?

In order to succeed and enjoy the position, we expect from you: 

  • Master's degree in learning sciences or computer science, or in a relevant field, that was awarded not more than five years ago. 
  • A transdisciplinary research orientation with demonstrated research experience or interest
  • A team player with solid research and development skills
  • Demonstrate a willingness to engage in the study of both human learning processes and the design and development of AI systems.
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills in English
  • See also the requirements of the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS)

We also appreciate

  • Experience with educational technology and/or software design and development
  • Finnish language skills


The position is fixed-term for 4 years as of 15.04.2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. The starting date for this role could be subject to negotiation with the successful applicant.

The salary will be based on the 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 (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 in the position.

How to apply?

Interested? If yes, please apply by 31.03.2024 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system.

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

  1. Cover letter
  2. Detailed CV
  3. Certificates/Diplomas
  4. Contact information of two persons 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 Andy Nguyen, andy.nguyen(at)oulu.fi  

 Application period extended from 15.3 to 31.3. All applications are being considered. /Updated 1.3.2024

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 2024/62
  • Andy Nguyen, +358505751301
Published 13.Feb.2024
Last application date 31.Mar.2024

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