Two Doctoral Student Positions in Software Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction


The University of Oulu is an international scientific community, with 15000 students and approximately 3000 employees. The strengths of the University are wide multidisciplinary study/research interests, modern research and study environment and good cooperation with international educational and research institutes. More information

M3S (Empirical Software Engineering in Software, Systems and Services, and UBICOMP (The Center for Ubiquitous Computing, research units at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering ( at the University of Oulu, Finland, are seeking two Doctoral Students to work in content modeling and crowdsourcingstarting preferably in Jan 2021 (negotiable).

More detailed tasks include 

·         Developing mechanisms for computational content modeling of multi-modal data using ideas from combinatorial test modelling and software architecture variability modelling. Content will come from crowdsourcing (see below)

·         Developing crowdsourcing solutions to engage different crowds, e.g.  through crowdsourcing marketplaces, teacher trainees, and students, to create learning content for critical reading games. Studying the usefulness of different crowdsourcing approaches in producing high-quality, domain-relevant and timely content.

For public description of the funded project see:  The position includes no teaching obligation but opportunities to build teaching experience will be arranged.

The research work is part of the University of Oulu focus area “Digitalization and smart society” ( This is a joint project between two research units, M3S and UBICOMP.

M3S research unit’s research theme is empirical software engineering. M3S has a long tradition in industrial and international collaboration and has actively participated in large European research projects since the 1990’s. Over 30% of the research unit is international members. Members of the research unit have published their research in leading software engineering journals and conferences, e.g. IEEE Transactions on SE, IEEE Software, Empirical SE, Information and Software Technology, Journal of Systems and Software, and International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE).

UBICOMP conducts research on the next generation of interactive technologies. The scope of the research spans across AI, Ubiquitous Computing, Human-Computer Interaction, Crowdsourcing, Social Computing, Design Creativity and Virtual Reality, with a distinct focus on application-driven research in real contexts of use and with authentic end users. The centre is one of the largest clusters of Ubiquitous Computing and Human-Computer Interaction researchers in Europe. Members of the Center have demonstrated continued excellence in form of individual awards, including a fellowship of the Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor programme, a Marie Curie Career Integration grant, multiple Academy of Finland fellowship and postdoctoral grants and best-paper awards in many of the field’s highest-quality venues (e.g. CHI, IMWUT). UBICOMP is exceptionally networked and regularly collaborates internationally with top universities.

Conditions, requirements and benefits

We require:

– A completed Master’s degree in a related field, e.g. Computer Science. Students near completion can also apply,

– Good English skills (writing, speaking).

We appreciate:

– Interest in conducting high quality research in collaboration with the software industry.

We offer:

– Possibility to do a doctoral thesis in a top-level research group,

– Excellent collaboration opportunities with industry,

– International working environment and projects, English as a working language

– Free occupational health care provided by the university,

– Benefits of the Nordic welfare state, e.g. well-functioning daycare for children, safety, and beautiful nature.

The doctoral student position is available for 3 years. Starting salary will be based on demand level 2 in the salary system for teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In practice, the monthly gross salary will be about 2500 EUR at the beginning and can reach depending on performance 3300 EUR near the completion of the thesis. The salary is paid for 12 months in a year. After acceptance, the doctoral student will be enrolled to the University of Oulu Graduate School’s (UniOGS) doctoral program. The general requirements for admission to the UniOGS can be found at:

Application Procedure

Applications, including attachments, should be submitted using the electronic application form by 10 December 2020 (Finnish time UTC+2).

The following documents must be attached to the application:

                      1) Brief curriculum vitae in English in PDF format,

                      2) Motivation letter in PDF format,

                      3) Master’s thesis as a PDF document or as a link to an online version (preferred),

                      4) Contact information of 1-3 references.

For further information regarding the filling of this post:

Professor Mika Mäntylä / M3S,


Associate Professor Simo Hosio / UBICOMP,


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