The University of Helsinki ( is an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities in Europe and ranks among the top 100 international universities in the world.

The Department of Computer Science (, which is part of the Faculty of Science, is one of the leading Computer Science research and teaching units in Europe. The research themes of the Department cover machine learning and algorithms, computer networks and distributed systems, software systems and bioinformatics.

The Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Sciences, University of Helsinki invites applications for

1-2 Doctoral Students in Human-Artificial Intelligence Collaboration

Position description
The Cognitive computing research group is seeking 1-2 PhD candidates to conduct research in Machine learning for Human-AI collaboration. The candidate will work with machine learning, reinforcement learning, and deep learning methods that allow new types of man-machine interactions in which machines can learn directly from human behaviour and physiology. The methods will be developed and applied also for physiological sensing and brain-computer interfacing data. The position provides an opportunity to contribute both to fundamental computer science and ground-breaking human-computer interaction research.

The candidate will join world-class research environment and will be part of the Cognitive computing research group (

The starting date is negotiable, but the positions are filled when suitable candidates are found.

The work involves research-related activities, including conducting theoretical and applied research, data analysis, writing research articles, participating in and presenting research at academic conferences, and teaching-related activities.

The ideal candidate has a strong background in either machine learning or human-computer interaction. However, sole understanding of modern machine learning methods and good programming skills are required.

Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are needed.

Applicants should have an MSc in computer science, mathematics, or a related field.

Applicants who do not currently hold a doctoral student status in the Doctoral Programme in Computer Science at the University of Helsinki are eligible to apply, but in the event of hiring, they are expected to acquire the status during the standard 6-month probationary period. Please check at the time of applying that you are able to fill the admission requirements on time from….

Salary and benefits
The position is full-time and funded initially for three years. For a doctoral student, the starting salary is 2400–2700 euros/month, depending on previous qualifications and experience.

The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The University provides support for internationally recruited employees and their family members with their transition to work and life in Finland. For more on the University of Helsinki as an employer, please see

How to apply
Please submit your application using through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link “Apply for the position”.

The application shall include the following attachments as a single pdf file (in English):

• Curriculum Vitae
• List of publications (and/or link to thesis)
• Cover letter describing the candidate´s motivation and research interests and especially experience in machine learning and programming.
• Links to practical project implementations or other work showcasing the work of the candidate.
• Contact details of potential referees who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation

The deadline for applications is November 1st, 2021.

Additional information
For more information on the position, please contact the group leader Tuukka Ruotsalo (

For more information on the Doctoral Programme in Computer Science (DoCS), please visit….

The University of Helsinki reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

Due date

01.11.2021 23:59 EET

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