Doctoral Researcher (The Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences), 20 positions/Väitöskirjatutkija (Informaatioteknologian ja Viestinnän tiedekunta), 20 tehtävää

Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences create a unique environment for multidisciplinary, inspirational and high-impact research and education. Our higher education community has competitive edges in technology, health and society.

The Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences invites applications for 20 doctoral researcher positions. 


We are looking for highly qualified and motivated doctoral researchers to join the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences at Tampere University. Our Faculty is made up of four units: Computing Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Communication Sciences and Languages. Our research combines a diverse spectrum of communication and interaction, be it between humans, between humans and machines, or between machines. Our research themes include, for example, robotics, game research, artificial intelligence,  wireless communications and radio systems, electronics and embedded systems, smart grids and power electronics, communication, journalism, media and culture, theatre and drama, and literature and linguistics.

The position of doctoral researcher offers you the opportunity to concentrate full time on your doctoral studies while receiving high-quality supervision along with the freedom and encouragement to develop your ideas in a supportive, inspirational and multidisciplinary research environment. 

Doctoral researchers are hired on a fixed-term basis for up to 4 years. The exact length of the contract will depend on the current stage of your studies and your expected graduation date. 

Besides conducting research for your dissertation, you will be expected to teach or perform other duties related to your studies. These duties may not exceed 5% of your overall working hours.  

The successful candidates will pursue a doctoral degree in one of the doctoral programmes of the Faculty.  

The successful candidates will be able to explore topics relating to any of the research fields of our Faculty. Depending on your research topic, you can apply to one of the five theme areas available in our doctoral programmes: 

 1. Communication, Media and Theatre

The Doctoral Programme in Communication, Media and Theatre is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary programme focusing on the role of communication, media and culture in changing societies, with different theoretical frameworks. It trains experts and researchers in journalism and media studies, audio research, communication and speech communication, theatre and drama research, and theatre arts. These fields are connected through the research of reality and the construction of performances of said reality, the public nature of these professions and the concrete dimension of skills, social aspects and an understanding of communications from the perspective of meaning: as images, words, and stories.

Possible areas of research include:

  • media, technology and society  
  • human interaction in a changing society
  • professional practices in the fields of journalism, communication and media
  • visual media culture 
  • audio media culture
  • theatre and the performing arts in a changing world
  • relation of well-being with communication and media

Read more about the Doctoral Programme in Communication, Media and Theatre

2. Information, Systems, Computing and Electrical Engineering

Information processing is a core activity in organisations and the broader society. Operations and events generate tremendous amounts of data that needs to be processed, analysed and transmitted wherever it is needed. Computing, signal processing and telecommunications are the scientific fields that deal with these tasks. Data analysis and information processing are based on mathematics and statistics. The required hardware and power are developed in the fields of electronics and computer and electrical engineering. The methods and applications of power generation and transmission, electronics and information technology pervade all human activity and are central in answering the global and local challenges that we are facing.

Possible areas of research include: 

  • software design, process and business
  • logic and algebra
  • inverse problems and mathematical analysis
  • statistical data analytics
  • data and knowledge modelling
  • machine learning
  • computer and robot vision
  • audio, image and video signal processing
  • computer engineering
  • network and information security
  • information systems
  • communications engineering and radio systems
  • electronics and embedded systems
  • electrical energy engineering and smart-grids
  • power engineering, power electronics and electromechanics

Read more about the Doctoral Programme in Information and Systems  and the Doctoral Programme in Computing and Electrical Engineering

3. Information Studies and Interactive Media

The Doctoral Programme in Information Studies and Interactive Media provides strengths in four areas. Our students become experts in either information practices, information management, information retrieval or gaming research. Upon successful completion of the programme, our doctoral graduates go on to pursue careers, depending on their selected specialisation, in the game industry, libraries, archives or information-intensive business organisations. Due to the cross-disciplinary nature of the programme, it also offers excellent opportunities for collaboration that cuts across disciplinary boundaries ranging from leadership and organisations to game design and from learning technologies to user interface development.

Possible areas of research include:

  • information practices of individuals and organisations
  • information searching and retrieval
  • archives and registries in contemporary society and the future
  • games as cultural items and processes
  • player studies
  • role-playing
  • location-based gaming
  • educational technologies and educational gaming
  • information literacies
  • playability
  • reading studies
  • knowledge management
  • open publishing, open access and open science
  • hybrid games
  • gamification

Read more about the Doctoral Programme in Information Studies and Interactive Media

4. Interactive Technology 

The Doctoral Programme in Interactive Technology provides students with the knowledge and skills to take on demanding research and development tasks relating to the interaction between humans and information technology. This field has a strong interdisciplinary dimension and it requires a command of several research methods and theoretical perspectives. The field is closely related to computer science, information studies, psychology and design research. The essential objectives of the programme include the design, research and development of new interaction technologies and user interface solutions in ways that allow them to support human behaviour and social processes with multimodal and intelligent information technologies. 

Possible areas of research include: 

  • multimodal and multisensory interaction
  • user, context, and behavioural modelling 
  • human olfaction, touch and gaze integration to VR
  • emotions in online digital media
  • accessibility and technology
  • computationally enhanced social interaction
  • user experience of conversational user interfaces
  • ethics of digital technology

Read more about the Doctoral Programme in Interactive Technology

5. Language Studies

The Doctoral Programme in Language Studies is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary programme that combines research on languages, literature and culture, as well as the study of translation and interpreting, with different theoretical frameworks. The programme offers doctoral degrees in the following fields: English language and literature, French, Finnish language, German language and culture, Russian language and culture, Scandinavian languages, and translation studies. 

 Possible areas of research include: 

  • sociolinguistics
  • spatial literary and cultural studies as well as environmental humanities 
  • sociology of translation 
  • linguistic challenges of the globalised, increasingly multilingual and multicultural society
  • mobility and cross-cultural relations in literature and other art forms  
  • translation and interpreting as professional operations; specialised translation
  • historical perspectives on language, literature and translation 
  • corpus linguistics and corpus-based translation studies 

Read more about the Doctoral Programme in Language Studies


We expect candidates to hold an applicable master’s degree and to have been admitted, or be eligible to be admitted, to one of the doctoral programmes administered by the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences at Tampere University. 

When considering candidates, we will focus on the following:

  • ambition, scientific quality and innovativeness of the research plan
  • feasibility of the proposed research
  • merits of the applicant  
  • research environment and/or support of the research group
  • demonstrated (during studies towards the master’s degree or otherwise) competence and motivation to successfully complete a doctoral degree

Please note that the successful candidates must apply for admission to one of our doctoral programme separately if they are not already students. Please be aware that the application period to our doctoral programmes (except to the Doctoral Programme in Computing and Electrical Engineering) runs from 1 October to 31 October (until 15:00 EEST/12:00 UTC). The Doctoral Programme in Computing and Electrical Engineering accepts applications on a rolling basis. More instructions for applying to our doctoral programmes


The positions will be filled for a fixed-term period of up to four years starting on 1 January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter but no later than 1 July 2020. 

The salary will be based on both the job requirements and the employee’s personal performance in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities. According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff, the position of a doctoral researcher is placed on level 2-4 of the job requirements scale. A typical starting salary for a doctoral researcher is €2,350/month. A higher salary may be agreed upon based on the successful candidate’s experience and the progress of his or her doctoral studies. 

A trial period of six months applies to all our new employees. 

We invite you to join our vibrant, active and truly international research community. We place a high value on interdisciplinarity as it allows you to expand your research network and exposes you to new perspectives and ideas to solve complex research problems and pursue new avenues of research. We are strongly committed to the highest level of scientific research and the provision of high-quality doctoral education.

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, such as occupational health care, flexible working hours, excellent sports facilities on campus and several restaurants and cafés on campus with staff discounts. Please read more about working at Tampere University. You can also find more information about us and working and living Tampere by watching our video: Tampere Higher Education Community - our academic playground.


Submit your application through our online recruitment system (link below). Please provide your application and all the accompanying documentation in PDF format. Please note that you must separately apply for admission to one of the doctoral programmes listed above if you are not already a doctoral student in one of our programmes. 

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2019 (at 23.59 EEST / 20.59 UTC). Late applications will not be considered. 

Please attach the following documents to your application:

1. Curriculum Vitae prepared according to the guidelines issued by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK)

2. Your research plan, max. 6 pages, including:  

  • A Gantt chart clearly showing the required period of funding and a clear indication of other funding received and the related funding periods, the start date of your doctoral studies and your expected graduation date  
  • A table of papers (or sub-studies in case of a monograph) with the following columns where the rows represent individual studies:
    • tentative title for the paper
    • research question explored in the paper
    • methods
    • data
    • expected results/contribution
    • targeted publication channels and justification for the choice of channel (such as relevance, quality)
    • date of submission
    • expected publication date

3. Preliminary list of courses to be completed and a list of completed courses that are counted towards your doctoral degree 

4. Signed agreement from your supervisor and co-supervisor (if applicable) demonstrating that they have read and agree with the proposal

5. A letter of motivation and description of your research interests (max. 1 page)

6. Copy of your MSc and BSc degree certificates, including transcripts of all university records and their English translations (Finnish certificates are accepted) and Diploma Supplement

If you have questions about the application process, please contact: 

HR Partner Eveliina Nurmi, tel. +358 40 1981825, 

For more information about  the doctoral programmes, please contact:

Communication, Media and Theatre

Research Manager Sanna Kivimäki (, tel. +358504280911) 

Information Studies and Interactive Media

Associate Professor Tuomas Harviainen, (, tel. +358504377127) 

Information, Systems, Computing, and Electrical Engineering

Senior Reseach Fellow Poika Isokoski (, tel +358401901718) 

Interactive Technology 

Professor Veikko Surakka (, tel. +358405573265) 

Language Studies

Associate Professor Johannes Riquet (, tel. +358504377060)

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Informaatioteknologian ja viestinnän tiedekunnassa on haettavana 20 väitöskirjatutkijan tehtävää. 


Etsimme lahjakkaita ja motivoituneita väitöskirjatutkijoita tiedekuntaamme määräaikaisiin työsuhteisiin enintään neljäksi vuodeksi. Tiedekuntamme koostuu Tietotekniikan, Sähkötekniikan, Viestintätieteiden ja Kielten yksiköistä. Tutkimuksessa yhdistyvät ihmisten välisen, koneiden välisen sekä ihmisten ja koneiden välisen vuorovaikutuksen monipuolinen kirjo. Esimerkkejä tiedekuntamme tutkimuksesta ovat mm. robotiikka, pelitutkimus, tekoäly, älykkäät sähköenergiajärjestelmät ja tehoelektroniikka, elektroniikka ja sulautetut järjestelmät, langaton tietoliikenne ja tietoliikenneverkot, viestintä, journalistiikka, mediakulttuuri, teatteri ja draama sekä kielet ja kirjallisuus. Väitöskirjatutkijoiden tutkimusaiheet voivat liittyä mihin tahansa tiedekuntamme tutkimusaloista 

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Application period starts: 2019-10-02 10:00Application period ends: 2019-10-31 23:59