Postdoctoral Researchers and Doctoral Students

Are you developer interested in cutting-edge research on blockchains, Internet-of-Things (IoT) and their real-world applications?

We are looking for postdoctoral researchers and doctoral students to participate in the architecture development work at Aalto University’s SOFIE project. In this position you will have a chance to make an impact by designing and developing real-world IoT solutions utilizing blockchains.

SOFIE (https://www.sofie-iot.eu) is an Aalto-led European Union H2020 project researching the use of blockchains for IoT device access federation across multiple organizations, multiple blockchains and multiple IoT platforms. It enables cross-organization IoT device operation and through the use of smart contracts, enables secure and automated access control to shared and private resources. The SOFIE solution will be piloted in four real-world pilots. SOFIE project runs until the end 2020 after which further projects in the same field have been planned.

In this position you will work on interesting and challenging real-world problems using cutting-edge technologies, together with experts all around the Europe.

Your role and goals
The work focuses on developing further the SOFIE architecture and framework components, which will interact with blockchains and/or IoT platforms. The work also includes design and development of smart contracts using Ethereum, Hyperledger Fabric, and/or other suitable distributed ledgers.

The work includes the architectural design work, implementation work, and supporting trainees and master’s thesis workers in their development work.

Your network and team
The work will be done in co-operation with Aalto’s SOFIE team and other SOFIE partners. The Aalto’s SOFIE team is composed of a professor, 2 post-docs, and 2 doctoral students. Alltogether the SOFIE project consists of over 40 persons from 10 partners in 4 different countries (Greece, Italy, Estonia, Finland) including companies (LMF Ericsson, Rovio, Engineering, etc.), SMEs, university and public utility.

Your experience and ambitions

We except applicants to have:

  • At least master degree in computer science or related field
  • Experience in designing architectures/ designing software architectures for heteregoneous distributed service environment
  • Experience with distributed service design and API specification
  • Good programming skills, including Python and Web service backend development
  • Experience with Solidity and smart contracts
  • Familiarity with virtualization solutions (Docker, Kubernetes, etc.)
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative in an environment that relies on tight cooperation with others
  • Good command of written and spoken English
  • Ability to work in an international environment

This position enables work on novel technologies including blockchains in international, real-life environment.

Ready to apply?
If you want to join our community, please submit your application through our recruitment system by using "Apply now!" link below no later than 30.9.2019. To apply, please share your CV, motivation letter, course transcript and list of publications (postdoctoral researchers) with us.

If you wish to learn more about the position, you can reach out to Dr. Dmitrij Lagutin ([email protected]).

About Aalto University and Finland
Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has been ranked the 9th best young university in the world (Top 50 under 50, QS 2018) and one of the world’s top technology challenger universities (THE 2017), for its outside-the-box thinking on research collaboration, funding and innovation. Aalto has six schools with nearly 11 000 students and 4000 employees of whome close to 400 are professors. Our campuses are located in the capital area of Finland. With 37% of our academic faculty coming from outside Finland, we are a highly international community with strong academic standing.


At Aalto, high-quality research, art, education and entrepreneurship are promoted hand in hand. Disciplinary excellence is combined with multidisciplinary activities, engaging both students and the local innovation ecosystem. Our main campus is quickly transforming into an open collaboration hub that encourages encounters between students, researchers, industry, startups and other partners. Aalto University was founded in 2010 as three leading Finnish universities, Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Art and Design Helsinki, were merged to strengthen Finland’s innovative capability.


As a living and work environment, Finland consistently ranks high in quality-of-life. For more information about living in Finland, please visit our information pages for international staff: https://www.aalto.fi/aalto-university/international-staff-guide

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