Visiting professor in the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence

Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence FCAI ( opens a visiting professor program for leading researchers who wish to contribute to cutting-edge research with high impact. We welcome professors to join FCAI’s spearhead research programs and impact actions and our excellent team of AI researchers.

We have a long tradition and track record of decades of pioneering machine learning research and are now launching a set of new high-impact, grand-challenge type initiatives. FCAI research covers a broad range of machine learning and multidisciplinary AI research fields including probabilistic programming, simulator-based inference, deep learning, privacy and security research and interactive machine learning, all united by the goal of developing systems of AI that are both able to learn and plan.

Come and join us for a sabbatical or a research visit to create the next generation of AI that is data-efficient, trustworthy and understandable!

What is FCAI?

FCAI is a vibrant research center for Artificial Intelligence in the Helsinki, bringing together the expertise in AI research from both academia and industry. Hundreds of researchers are involved in various research and educational activities, and dozens of industrial actors collaborate in joint initiatives. Moreover, as the birthplace of Linux, and the home base of Nokia Bell Labs, F-Secure, Rovio, Supercell, Slush (the biggest annual startup event in Europe), Helsinki is the largest ecosystem of high-tech companies and R&D centers in Northern Europe.

FCAI is initiated by Aalto University, University of Helsinki, and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. It has been selected as one of the prestigious Flagships of the Academy of Finland, a status granted to very few selected centers of excellence with high societal impact. The total budget of FCAI is 250 M€ over the next 8 years.

What we offer?

FCAI visiting professor program is designed for outstanding senior researchers wishing to contribute to FCAI’s research spearhead programs and impact. We offer you a 2–12 month research visit in a dynamic environment and a possibility to work with an highly-competent team of AI researchers and industry partners in ambitious research projects with strong economic and societal impact.

Visiting Professors are expected to collaborate and form networks with FCAI researchers leading to preparation and execution of joint activities such as research projects, publications in top journals, and high-level talks. One of the goals of the research visit program is to establish long-term research collaboration.

Visiting positions are tailored for each visiting professor and may include:

  • Remuneration depending of your individual situation (0–1 FTE)

  • Reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses

  • Facilities, equipment and consumables

  • Research assistance from our pool of software developers and research assistants

Find out more about what you can do in FCAI, our researchers, research programs and impact here:

How to apply?

Please submit your application in Please include:

  • Motivation letter, including an activity plan describing the fields of research in FCAI that are of interest to you. Please describe 1) what you wish to do during the research visit, 2) with whom you plan to collaborate, and 3) why you are interested in the visit. (Max. 2 pages)

  • CV (preferably a short version e.g. 4 pages)

  • A list of ten selected key publications

FCAI supports the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Further information

  • Research-related information: coordinator at

  • Application process: Akseli Kohtamaki (firstname.lastname at

About the host institutions

Aalto University and the University of Helsinki form a globally top-ranked fundamental research cluster in AI with both universities being ranked e.g. in the top-20 in 2019 THE impact ranking.  Moreover, VTT brings to FCAI its strong track record and networks for application of AI technologies to industrial and societal problems. Together we have a long tradition and track record of decades of pioneering machine learning research, with no counterparts in the Nordic countries.

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business.  We are committed to high-quality research with significant impact on the international scientific community, industry and business, as well as the society at large. Aalto is an international community: more than 30% of our academic personnel are non-Finns. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students; it is in world’s top-10 of young universities (QS Top 50 under 50). For more information, see

The University of Helsinki, established in 1640, is one of the world’s leading universities for multidisciplinary research. The University of Helsinki is an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. The university lays special emphasis on the quality of education and research, and it is a member of the League of the European Research Universities (LERU). For more information, see

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is a visionary research, development and innovation partner. We drive sustainable growth and tackle the biggest global challenges of our time and turn them into growth opportunities. We go beyond the obvious to help the society and companies to grow through technological innovations. We have over 75 years of experience of top-level research and science-based results. VTT´s turnover and other operating income is 258 M€. VTT is at the sweet spot where innovation and business come together. For more information,

About Finland

Finland is a great place for living with or without family – it is a safe, politically stable and well-organized Nordic society. Finland is consistently ranked high in quality-of-life and was just listed as the happiest country in the world: For more information about living in Finland:

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