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

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 two

Doctoral Researchers

to join us in the 6G Flagship program at the Center for Wireless Communications - Radio Technologies at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

6G Flagship is the world’s first 6G research program, a global leader in 5G adoption, and a preferred research partner in 6G development. We promote high-quality 6G research to create future know-how and sustainable solutions for society’s needs in the 2030s. We operate under the University of Oulu, which also funds us together with the Academy of Finland. Research in 6G Flagship is organized into four interrelated strategic research areas (SRA) where scientific breakthroughs are sought in the development of fundamental technology components for 6G systems. They are:

  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Devices and Circuit Technology
  • Distributed Intelligence
  • Services and Applications

These positions are part of the Wireless Connectivity SRA.

About the job

Wireless networks have traditionally been designed with moderate quality of service (QoS) guarantees, whereas most mission-critical communications, e.g., in industrial networks, are realized over wired networks which are usually robust but not as flexible as wireless links. Recent development in wireless technologies, such as the introduction of the ultra-reliable low-latency communications (URLLC) service class in 5G NR, opened the door for wireless networks to be deployed to serve mission-critical applications with stringent QoS guarantees. The shared nature of the wireless channel imposes different challenges in maintaining the stringent QoS requirements of mission-critical communication and ensuring that the network is resilient.

As a doctoral researcher in resilient wireless networks for 6G, you will investigate interesting and challenging research questions such as

  • What is a resilient wireless network?
  • What are the different key performance and value indicators (KPIs and KVIs) to measure resiliency?
  • What are different potential resiliency enablers for wireless networks?

You will be part of a multidisciplinary research group investigating different aspects of critical machine-type communications for various vertical applications. 

What we offer?

  • The support of an experienced and enthusiastic team of 100+ people where you can share your expertise and grow as an expert. Possibility to conduct doctoral research in a top-level research group. 6G Flagship and CWC-RT are home to a few of the top-class researchers in the field of wireless communications.
  • Working in the world's first 6G research program and in a Research Unit with excellent collaboration with industry.
  • International environment and projects, English as a working language
  • Regular salary is paid 12 months per year, including paid leave and an additional holiday bonus in the summer.
  • 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?

In order to succeed and enjoy the position, we expect from you:

  • A master's degree in a related field, e.g., Electrical Engineering, Wireless Communication Engineering, Applied Mathematics/Statistics, Computer Engineering, etc. Students near completion can also apply. The degree must be completed prior to beginning the employment.
  • Good programming skills, in particular in Matlab and/or Python.
  • Good English skills (writing, speaking).
  • An open mindset, willingness to learn, and the ability to work in teams.
  • See also the requirements of the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS)

We also appreciate

  • Research and/or industrial experience.
  • A track record of scientific publication.


The position is fixed-term for four (4) years as of 1st of September 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

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 as soon as possible, but no later than 11th of August 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
  5. Complete list of publications (if applicable)

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 Nurul Huda Mahmood, CWC-RT, ITEE faculty, nurulhuda.mahmood@oulu.fi. (Please note the response may be delayed due to summer vacation).


Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 2
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Oulu
Country Finland
Reference number 2023/306
Published 26.Jun.2023
Last application date 11.Aug.2023

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