Monday, December 22, 2014

[DMANET] Postdoctoral scholar & PhD student position in Helsinki

Postdoctoral Researcher and Doctoral Candidate, Helsinki

The Department of Communications and Networking (Comnet) at the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering is seeking to hire outstanding researchers for the User Interfaces group to two fully funded positions:
* Postdoctoral Researcher
* Doctoral Candidate

The positions will be placed in the ERC-funded project Computational User Interface Design [COMPUTED] (2015-2020). The project develops predictive models of human-computer interaction and uses them to computationally optimize user interfaces. The research topics include fundamental aspects of interface optimization - model acquisition, optimization methods, and interactive support for designers, as well as demonstrators for real design problems. More about the project:
* Press release of ERC:
* Homepage of the PI with example papers:

The successful candidate will join an ambitious research group that is at the forefront of this exciting research area. The group offers a collegiate and stimulating environment as well as access to state-of-the-art equipment. It works closely with groups in the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Germany and HCI groups in the Helsinki metropolitan area.


We invite applications from outstanding individuals with a MSc (or equivalent) or Doctoral degree in Computer Science, Cognitive Science, or a field relevant to the project. An interdisciplinary perspective and experience is highly valued. The successful applicant has demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following topics:
* Optimization
* Modeling
* Interaction techniques
* Design tools


For the Postdoctoral Researcher, the expected starting salary is around 3,400-3,800 €/month, depending on experience and qualifications, and it will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. For the Doctoral Candidate, the expected starting salary is 2,400 €/month, and it will increase with performance over time. The contract includes occupational health and social security benefits. The starting date is negotiable. The positions will be initially filled for 1 year, with a possible extension of up to 4 years.


Apply by submitting (a) full CV, (b) cover letter describing research interests, (c) degree information, (d) course transcripts with grades and (e) names and contact information for two references. Candidates for the Postdoctoral Researcher position are expected to add also (f) three representative papers in PDF format. Send applications via email to We start reviewing candidates on January 7, 2015, but applications will be considered until the positions are filled.


Aalto University is a new university with over a century of experience. Created from a high-profile merger between three leading universities in Finland – the Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Art and Design Helsinki – Aalto University opens up new possibilities for strong multidisciplinary education and research. The university has 20 000 students and a staff of 5 000 including 350 professors. In a recent MIT study of the world's leading 200 universities, Aalto University was grouped among the five rising stars.

The department is located at Otaniemi campus in the Helsinki metropolitan area, Finland. As a living and work environment, Finland is consistently ranked highly in quality-of-life. Finland has been selected as the world's best country to live in (Newsweek, 2010), and it is in the top 10 of the most highly educated nations in the world (OECD, 2013). The capital city Helsinki has been ranked as the World's Most Livable City (Monocle, 2011). It is the 2nd happiest place in the world according to a 2007 OECD study. For more information about living in Finland:


For additional information of the positions, please contact Professor Antti Oulasvirta:

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