Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, CWC - Radio Technologies

The University of Oulu is a multidisciplinary, international research university, with about 3,600 employees who produce new knowledge based on high-standards research and provide research based education to build a more sustainable, smarter, and more humane world. The University of Oulu community has about 17,000 people in total. Our northern scientific community operates globally and creates conditions for the emergence of innovations.  

6G Flagship is the world’s first major 6G research program running from 2018 to 2028. We are already a team of 400 researchers from 50 different countries. Having built the rigorous research program defined in our 6G White Papers, we are constantly looking for talents defining the 6G future with us. During 2023, a large number of international (Korea and Japan), EU-funded (Hexa-X-II), and national projects will be started. These new activities and our flagship base funding constantly need new talented researchers.

6GFlagship of the Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC)  is opening a position for

Doctoral Researcher

in the algorithm design and hardware/software acceleration for Robust 6G wireless systems. We are seeking talented and highly motivated doctoral researchers interested in 6G wireless research. This call is looking for a candidate enthusiastic about advancing a
vision for 6G networks that are robust to variability in a wireless environment. Especially in this call, we are looking for a person who is ready to contribute to more than one of the research themes below for  6G applications:

  • Robust wireless algorithm design
  • Proof-of-concept implementation of the algorithm by leveraging the experimental resources available at the wireless testbeds of the 6G Flagship
  • Hardware and software acceleration of 6G physical layer  algorithms
  • Machine learning for  6G networks

The faculty and the research group

CWC belongs to the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering and works on technologies relevant to evolving 6G wireless systems as part of the 6G Flagship. The Flagship contains algorithm designs and their implementation teams to work on the relevant algorithm, architecture, computation, and design aspects of supporting the realization of future wireless devices and systems.

Job Description

As a Doctoral Researcher, you will carry out research work within a research team, publish research results in the most esteemed international fora, attend doctoral courses, and complete your doctoral thesis within four years.

What we offer?

  • We offer you a place in a highly talented and motivated research group working to solve globally significant 6G systems.
  • Modern research facilities including state-of-the-art design tools.
  • 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 position requires the following:

  • To qualify as a Doctoral Researcher, you must possess an applicable Master of Science degree (or other applicable Master's degree) in electrical (or communications) engineering completed with very good/excellent grades.
  • See also the requirements of the UniOGS
  • Expertise in digital design and hands-on design experience with tools for FPGA development; be able to program in HDL and/or HLS.
  • You should have a background in digital signal processing, computer architecture, system-on-chip architecture concepts
  • Knowledge of physical layer transmission principles for wireless communication.
  • Familiarity with programming/computing concepts and proficiency in C and Matlab.
  • Capability to write scientific publications of the highest level

In addition, we appreciate the following:

  • Readiness for demanding challenges
  • High motivation and work efficiency both in theoretical and experimental studies
  • Co-operational and team working skills
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Positive mindset and the ability to interact with people from various backgrounds
  • Finnish language skills


The position is fixed-term for four years as of 15.05.2023 or as soon as possible after that.

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 13.04.2023 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system.

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

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV following the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity
  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 different backgrounds, such as people of different ages, genders, and members of foreign language, cultural, or minority groups. 


Contact Information

For further information, please contact

Associate Professor Zaheer Khan, zaheer.khan(at)oulu.fi

Director of 6GFlagship, Prof. Matti.Latva-aho(at)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 2023/166
  • Zaheer Khan, zaheer.khan@oulu.fi
  • Matti Latva-aho, matti.latva-aho@oulu.fi
Published 08.Mar.2023
Last application date 13.Apr.2023

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