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HICT: Doctoral Candidate in Virtual Atmospheric Laboratory

The Helsinki Doctoral Education Network in Information and Communications Technology (HICT) is a collaborative doctoral education network hosted jointly by Aalto University and the University of Helsinki, the two leading universities within this area in Finland. The network serves as a collaboration platform for doctoral education combining all the relevant subfields of computer science and information technology at Aalto University and the University of Helsinki. It involves at present 80 professors and almost 300 doctoral students, and the participating units graduate altogether more than 40 new doctors each year.

We offer the possibility to join world-class research groups in both universities with multiple interesting research projects to choose from. The list of all open Doctoral Candidate positions in this joint call can be found here:

HICT Doctoral Candidate in Virtual Atmospheric Laboratory

Supervisor(s): Kai Puolamäki (University of Helsinki)

We are looking for postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers to build Virtual Atmospheric Laboratory (VILMA). The objective of VILMA is to model atmospheric molecular level processes efficiently and to understand the underlying mechanisms and causal connections. VILMA will combine first-principles quantum chemical and other simulations and probabilistic machine learning/artificial intelligence (ML/AI) models with interactive visualization.

Examples of fundamental ML/AI topics are: probabilistic emulator / predictive regression models for atmospheric processes (Lange 2021; Lumiaro 2021), randomization methods for interactive visual data exploration (Puolamäki 2020), advanced statistical methods for ML/AI (Savvides 2019), explainable AI (Björklund 2019), and Bayesian optimization (Todorovic 2019). 

You will work in multidisciplinary team of computer and atmospheric scientists. You should have basic knowledge of ML and related mathematics. We will consider applicants with backgrounds in computer science, atmospheric science, physics, and chemistry. Knowledge of natural sciences is considered an advantage, but specific prior knowledge of atmospheric processes is not required.


More information: 

additional supervisors: Patrick Rinke (Aalto), Hanna Vehkamäki (UH), Theo Kurtén (UH)

This project is a part of the Finnish Center For Artificial Intelligence (FCAI). To find out more please visit

Ready to apply?

If you want to join our community and start your journey towards Doctoral dissertation submit your application via our electronic recruitment system. The application form will close 6th February 2022 at 23:59 Finnish time (UTC +2).

If you are currently working at Aalto University, please submit your application via HR System Workday (Career – Find jobs – Apply).

Please be prepared to add the following attachments:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Transcript of your Master’s studies

You will be asked to provide also the contact details of 2-3 academic referees.

What we offer?

HICT is a network of world-class professors and researchers with huge passion for their field of study. In HICT you will become part of enthusiastic and professional team of bold and innovative thinkers.

During your Doctoral studies you will be a full-time employee in either Aalto University or the University of Helsinki depending on the supervisor and the research area. You will be covered by occupational health care based on the employment contract.

More information:

General information about the joint HICT call and HICT:

General questions about HICT: Christina Sirviö, HICT team

General questions about recruitment process: Sanni Kirmanen, Aalto University HR

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