Open positions

HIIT: Postdoctoral and Research Fellow positions

The Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT) invites applications for Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Fellows. HIIT offers a HIIT Postdoctoral Fellow position up to three years. For more senior candidates, HIIT offers a HIIT Research Fellow position up to five years. The length of the contract as well as the starting and ending dates are negotiable.

All excellent researchers in any area of ICT can be considered, but priority is given to candidates who support one (or more) of the HIIT strategic focus areas:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computational Health
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Science
  • Foundations of Computing

Position Summary:

HIIT provides funding for two types of researchers: Research Fellows and Postdoctoral Fellows. These positions are meant to support the career development of excellent researchers who plan a career as a scientist.

HIIT Research Fellow

HIIT Research Fellow positions support the career development of excellent advanced researchers who already have some postdoctoral research experience. While HIIT Research Fellows have a designated supervisor at University of Helsinki or Aalto University, they are expected to develop their own research agenda and to gain the skills necessary to lead their own research group in the future. HIIT Research Fellows should strengthen Helsinki’s ICT research community either through collaboration or by linking ICT research with another scientific discipline. In either case, excellence and potential for impact are the primary criteria for HIIT Research Fellow funding. The contract period is up to five years in length.

HIIT Postdoctoral Fellow

HIIT Postdoctoral Fellow positions are intended for researchers who have recently completed their doctoral degrees, typically within the last three years. HIIT Postdoctoral Fellows are not hired to work on externally funded projects but are intended to support one or more of the aforementioned HIIT strategic focus areas. These positions provide opportunities for development as a researcher within a research area from one of the four departments conducting ICT research in Aalto University and University of Helsinki. The contract period is up to three years in length.

The deadline for applications is August 11th, 2024 at 11:59 PM (23:59 UTC+02:00). By applying to this call, organized by Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, you use one application to apply to positions for both of our hosting institutions, Aalto University and the University of Helsinki. Aalto University and the University of Helsinki are the two leading universities in Finland in computer science and information technology. Both are located in the Helsinki Metropolitan area, and the employing university will be determined by the supervising professor. Aalto University and the University of Helsinki are both committed to fostering an inclusive environment with people from diverse backgrounds, and researchers from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Ready to apply?

In order to find the best match between candidates and supervisors, all applicants need to describe their research interests and how they see themselves contributing to one or more HIIT focus areas. Those applying for the more senior HIIT Research Fellow positions should also provide a research plan.

Required attachments:

(1) Cover letter (1-2 pages in length) which includes the intended research area and how you intend to contribute to the focus area. If you have a potential supervisor(s), you should clearly state your motivation for applying to work with said supervisor, how you could contribute to the research produced by the supervisor and research area, and other relevant information. For more senior researchers, you should also include a preliminary research plan (3-5 pages) which includes background information, research objectives and methods, possible hypothesised results, possible collaboration, and any other key information.

(2) CV

(3) List of publications (please do not attach full copies of publications)

(4) A transcript of doctoral studies and the degree certificate of the doctoral degree

(5) Contact details of possible referees from 2-3 senior academic people. We will contact your referees, if recommendation letters are required.

All materials should be submitted in English in a PDF format. Note: files should be 5MB max. You can upload up to five files to the eRecruitment (Workday) system, each 5MB.

To find out more about these positions, please visit our website:

Contact Information:

For questions regarding these positions, please contact the HIIT coordinator at [email protected].

More about Aalto University:

  • Published:
  • Updated: