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HICT: Doctoral Candidate in Virtual Laboratories: Drug Design

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 Laboratories: Drug Design

Supervisor(s): Vikas Garg (Aalto University), Samuel Kaski (Aalto University), Markus Heinonen (Aalto University)

We develop modeling methods for drug design, both generative models of the drug molecules and their effects, and collaborative AI methods for assisting the drug designers in their task. The idea is to help experts steer the modeling system towards their design goals, while eliciting their prior knowledge to improve the models of the drugs. This is difficult because the goals may be tacit, uncertain and evolving.

We work with leading pharma companies and academic groups in Europe, USA, and Canada. Key methods we will need: probabilistic modeling and Bayesian inference, multi-agent modeling, sequential experimental design, POMDPs, reinforcement learning and inverse reinforcement learning. We expect applicants to master some of these, or be exceptionally eager and quick learners.

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

[email protected]

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