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 talented and motivated 

Two Doctoral Researchers

to join Learning and Educational Technology Research Lab (LET Lab), Faculty of Education and Psychology at the University of Oulu.

In this position, you will participate in the national 1000 doctorates pilot programme. As a partner in the programme, the University of Oulu is dedicated to ensuring you have a carefully planned and guided doctoral research experience which will be tailored to support your career plans, enabling you to continue into demanding expert positions in the changing job markets in industry, the public sector and academia.

About the job

We are looking for two doctoral researchers to contribute of research on self-, so and socially shared regulation in learning at the LET Lab. The two themes are:

  1. a) Unpacking the role of motivation and/or emotions in collaborative learning in the era of advanced learning technologies (PI Hanna Järvenoja) starting 1.8.2024
  2. b) Understanding self-regulated learning processes in and for human-AI collaboration (PI Sanna Järvelä) starting 1.1.2025

What we offer?

  • The support of an experienced and enthusiastic team of people 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 education
  • Understanding of learning theories and self-regulated learning theory
  • Fluent Finnish (research will be conducted in Finnish schools)
  • Agentic work approach and good collaboration skills
  • Have some experience in research data collection and/or data coding/analysis

Position and salary

Doctoral researchers selected in the pilot programme will by default be offered a three-year (36 month) fixed-term full-time employment contract by University of Oulu. These positions are available for highly motivated and talented researchers wishing to undertake and complete training for a research-focused doctoral degree, starting 1.8.2024 and 1.1.2025. A six-month trial period is applied in the position.

The salary of the selected doctoral researchers will be paid monthly. 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. 2500-2800 € per month (before taxes).  

The employment contracts are based on a total working time of 1 612 hours per year, which gives the doctoral researchers freedom to plan their working hours.

The position is fixed-term for 3 years.  

How to apply?

Interested? If yes, please apply by 26.05.2024 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system.

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

  • 1) Certificates/Diplomas Scanned copy of the original relevant Master’s degree certificates and transcript of records and, when necessary, official translations to Finnish or English.
  • 2) A motivation letter (max. 2 pages) summarizing applicant’s professional experience and expertise and describing why applicant is interested in this position. Also, information on personal research interests, experience and career plans are valuable to provide here. Letter should also include potential specific interests in [pilot, unit].
  • 3) Curriculum vitae

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.


Contact Information

If you have any further questions, please contact sanna.jarvela@oulu.fi; hanna.jarvenoja@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 2024/179
Published 10.May.2024
Last application date 26.May.2024
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