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

Project researcher

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

We do research in software-based systems and services with innovative applications in Automotive, Health and Wellness, and Cyber-Physical Systems. We utilize enabling technologies and platforms such as Artificial Intelligence, Edge/Cloud, IoT, Digital Twins, and 5G/6G Networks to achieve our research goals.

Our unit has strong industry collaboration and a proven track record of making a high impact on society. The group has a versatile portfolio of externally funded projects, including Horizon Europe, ITEA, Academy of Finland, and Business Finland. M3S is responsible for teaching software engineering at the Master's and Bachelor's levels. The unit is producing a large number of PhD degrees.

About the job

We invite applications from candidates across fields and disciplines who have strong interpersonal communication skills and organizational skills and are interested in pursuing work across and beyond disciplinary boundaries. Suitable candidates have the capability and passion for working on a research project examining, for example, digitalization, digital skills, the upcoming European Health Data Spaces (EHDS), health data sharing, related governance, and legislation.

As a project researcher, you will:

  • Communicate with stakeholders and Advisory boards to get feedback on the project activities.
  • Market and disseminate project activities, leading to co-designing courses on digital skills targeted for the manufacturing industry according to stakeholder needs. You will find participants and ensure the participation of employees from the manufacturing SMEs in the courses.
  • Plan stakeholder-centric activities in a project examining European Health Data Spaces concerning the target groups, including the Sami population and the companies in the healthcare sector that need access to secondary health data. You will disseminate and market project activities to the communities at the regional, European, and even global levels, e.g., the World Health Organization (WHO). 
  • Organize co-creation activities with the stakeholders and engage stakeholders from public sector entities (e.g., hospitals), companies, and educational institutions (e.g., universities, technical institutes, vocational schools) to understand the region's competence-building needs to facilitate the adoption of European Health Data Spaces.

What we offer?

  • The support of an experienced and enthusiastic team where you can share your expertise and grow as an expert. 
  • Wellness benefits ePassi cover sport, culture, well-being, and flexible multi-location and remote work opportunities. Read more about other staff benefits.
  • Work-life balance: we don't count Saturdays as holiday periods!
  • Development and career options of the big organization.
  • Work that matters! 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 expect from you:

  • A master’s degree in a relevant field. We invite candidates with a background in Technology, Information Systems, Software Engineering, Medicine, and Health (or related) research fields to submit applications.
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, especially English.
  • Excellent communication and networking skills


The position is on a fixed term until 31st of December 2024.

The salary will be based on the levels MV6-MV9 of the demand level chart for other experts and support 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. 3500 - 4000 EUR per month (before taxes). A trial period of 6 months is applied for the position. 

How to apply?

Interested? If yes, please apply through our recruitment system by 15.02.2024 (23:59 Finnish local time). 

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

  1. Application
  2. CV
  3. List of publications 

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 linguistic, cultural, or minority groups.

Contact Information

If you have further questions, please contact Professor Minna Isomursu, minna.isomursu@oulu.fi, 050 5979660. 

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 2024/13
Published 11.Jan.2024
Last application date 15.Feb.2024

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