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

Postdoctoral Researcher

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) conducts research at a high international level and publishes widely in the top 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, 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 vehicular computing and sensing. In close collaboration with relevant industry and academic organizations.

About the job

You will work on 6G Visible project, and your primary duties attached to this position:

  • You will conduct research on vehicular sensing systems, a complex environment that requires simultaneous processing of varying data streams from the vehicle’s internal sensors and external data sources, such as driver’s behavioral patterns, road conditions, traffic situation, and weather data.
  • You will publish in high-quality journals and top-level conferences with the other research team members.
  • You will collaborate with group leaders, research team members, and partners to build real-life vehicular computing lab environments. This includes work in Oulu and internationally, especially across Europe.
  • You can participate in teaching activities, subject to the unit’s needs and the successful candidate’s interests.

What we offer?

  • An interesting position in the fast-forwarding research field of automotive sensing and software-defined vehicles, where we work closely with industry.
  • Great connections to the international academic research community and industrial partnerships with the leading ICT and automotive companies in Finland, Europe, and internationally.
  • Development and career options of the big organization, including opportunities to develop your academic leadership skills.
  • The support of an experienced and enthusiastic team of 45 people 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 here.
  • Our Buddy Programme and Spouse Network support you and close ones in settling into Oulu.
  • We have an HR Excellence in Research, a quality label, and a recognition awarded by the European Commission for developing researchers’ working conditions and careers. 
  • 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 invite applications from candidates across fields and disciplines of computer science, software engineering, and information processing science. You have strong research skills in technical and empirical sciences, and you are interested in learning new technologies and methods in complex sensing use cases and sensor data processing pipelines.

Suitable candidates have the capability and passion for working on a research project examining, for example, how to utilize vehicular and environmental sensing data for automotive decision-making, and developing open-source software and interfaces for vehicular computing environments.

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

  • A doctoral degree in a relevant field, e.g., computer science, software engineering, or information processing science.
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills (the working language is English).
  • Strong interest in performing high-quality research and producing research publications with a curious and open mindset.
  • Positive attitude towards learning new skills and working in an interdisciplinary environment with people of different backgrounds, experiences, and expertise.

We also highly appreciate, but not all of these are required:

  • Previous experience (projects, courses, or other experience) in sensor data analytics, sensor fusion, sensing networks, Internet of Things, industrial applications, practical machine learning, and/or edge/cloud computing.
  • Programming experience, for example, in languages like Python, Matlab, R, C-family languages, Scala/Java, or similar.
  • Interest or expertise in open-source software development.
  • Experience in paradigms that include distributed computing, service-oriented computing, wireless communications, digital twins, and software virtualization, or a strong interest in learning these in practice.

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 3 years as of 1.1.2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The salary will be based on levels 5-6 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). The starting gross salary will be approx. 3600-4200 € per month (before taxes).

A trial period of 6 months is applied for the position.

How to apply?

Interested? If yes, please apply by 20.10.2023 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system.

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

  1. CV, following the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity 
  2. Cover letter
  3. List of publications, following the guidelines of the Academy of Finland 
  4. Certificates/Diplomas
  5. Contact details of 2 persons available for recommendation
  6. Other attachments

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, different genders and members of different language, cultural or minority groups. 

Contact Information

If you have any further questions, please contact 6G Visible Project Manager Pertti Seppänen (email: pertti.seppanen@oulu.fi, tel. +358505640786)

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 2023/425
Published 19.Sep.2023
Last application date 20.Oct.2023
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