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

Doctoral Researcher in Quantum Software Engineering

to join us in the M3S research unit at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Empirical Software Engineering in Software, Systems, and Services (M3S) unit conducts research at a high international level and publishes widely in top-tier software engineering journals and conferences. M3S has strong industry collaboration and a proven track record of making a high impact in the industry. The group has a versatile portfolio of externally funded projects, including Horizon Europe, ITEA, the Academy of Finland, and Business Finland.

The M3S research theme on software-based systems and services promotes innovative and intelligent applications in multiple domains, including quantum software engineering. In close collaboration with relevant industry and academic organizations, we study the overall lifecycle of developing a quantum software system with strong theoretical and practical viewpoints. The preliminary aim of this doctoral researcher position is to define a quantum software architecture process and implement a deployment pipeline and a monitoring dashboard to support the process activities, similar to modern-day continuous software engineering facilities. Assistant professor Arif Ali Khan leads the research theme.

About the job

In this position, you will:

  • Conduct self-initiated and collaborative research contributing to your Ph.D. project.
  • Participate in activities and projects that lead to high-quality academic publications.
  • Collaborate with the group leader, other researchers, and our collaboration partners to define a robust process model for architecting a quantum software system. This includes work in Oulu and internationally.
  • Participate in teaching activities subject to the unit's needs and the successful candidate's interests. For example, courses cover the software engineering domain. 

What we offer?

  • An exciting position in the novel and fast-forwarding research field of quantum software engineering.
  • The support of an experienced and enthusiastic academic environment where you can share your expertise and grow as an expert.
  • Great connections to the international academic research community and industrial partnerships with the leading ICT companies in Finland and internationally.
  • Development and career options of the big organization; Doctoral researcher peer support in your home unit and close-tight research environment where we aim to learn together and support each other. 
  • Wellness benefits ePassi covering sport, culture, and well-being. Read more about other staff benefits. 
  • 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 welcome applicants from various backgrounds, including software engineering, computer science, information processing science, quantum computing, or related areas. Applicants should have strong research skills in technical and empirical sciences and you are interested in learning new technologies, including novel programming paradigms in quantum software engineering and/or the latest ML/AI development.

To succeed and enjoy the position, we expect from you:

  • A master’s degree in a relevant field, e.g., computer science, software engineering, information processing science, quantum computing, or related areas.
  • Fulfilling the requirements of the University of Oulu Graduate School sets out to successfully apply for doctoral study rights.
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills; the working language is English.
  • Strong technical background (the project includes programming and technological development).
  • Positive attitude towards learning new skills and working in an interdisciplinary environment with people of different backgrounds.

We highly appreciate the following:

  • Previous publications experience in mainstream software engineering journals and conferences.
  • Previous experience (projects) in empirical software engineering research, machine learning, statistics, and quantum computing.
  • Experience in languages such as Python, Matlab, Java, and R.

Please feel free to add your Github or similar account in your CV or describe projects you have gained experience.


The position is fixed term for four years starting on 1.9.2023 or as negotiated. A probationary trial period of six months is applied to the position.

The starting salary will be based on level 2 of Finnish universities' demand level chart for teaching and research staff. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (a maximum of 50% of the job-specific component). The salary develops according to the achievements to be specified in the doctoral training plan. The starting salary is roughly 2500 - 2600 Euro/month (before taxes).

How to apply?

Interested? If yes, please apply by 20.5.2023 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system.

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

  1. Cover letter (max two pages) summarizing your professional experience and expertise, describing why you are interested in this position, and detailing your research interests, experience, and career plans.
  2. CV following the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity
  3. List of publications (if any) in line with the guidelines of the Academy of Finland
  4. Certificates/Diplomas
  5. 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 warmly welcome applicants from different backgrounds, such as people of different ages, genders, and members of foreign language, cultural, or minority groups. 

Contact Information

If you have further questions, please get in touch with Assistant Professor Arif Ali Khan, arif.khan@oulu.fi 

 Edited 26.4.2023: Application time extended from 30.4.2023 to 20.5.2023
Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 01.09.2023
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Oulu
County Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
Country Finland
Reference number
Published 31.Mar.2023
Last application date 20.May.2023

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