Post-Doctoral Researcher In Human Computation And/Or Knowledge Representation

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 01 Mar 2024

3 Feb 2024
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Research Field

Computer science
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Recognised Researcher (R2)
Established Researcher (R3)

Application Deadline

1 Mar 2024 - 00:00 (UTC)
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Offer Description

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki invites applications for the position of POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER IN HUMAN COMPUTATION AND/OR KNOWLEDGE REPRESENTATION for a fixed-term period of 36 months, starting in May 2024 or as agreed.

This position is based at the newly founded Multimodality Research Group  in the Department of Languages and funded by an ERC Consolidator Grant  awarded to Associate Professor Tuomo Hiippala . The project develops novel methods for studying the phenomenon of multimodality, that is, how communication and interaction rely on intentional combinations of multiple ‘modes’ of expression. The project will use crowdsourcing for gathering human insights at scale, which are then processed and searched for patterns using neuro-symbolic artificial intelligence, such as graph neural networks. The methods and resources developed in the project will enable developing empirically founded theories about multimodal communication in the domain of everyday cultural artefacts. The data studied in the project includes, for example, school textbooks, user-generated explanation videos on social media, news broadcasts, instruction manuals and online newspapers.


The post-doctoral researcher is responsible for developing graph-based representations of multimodal discourse, that is, how different modes of expression – such as written and spoken language, photographs, diagrams, embodied communication, etc. – are combined in page-based and audiovisual media studied in the project. Insights about multimodal discourse are collected at scale using crowdsourcing and compiled into graph-based representations, which is why the appointee is also expected to participate in designing crowdsourcing pipelines and computational methods for quality control and knowledge representation. The post-doctoral researcher will work closely with another post-doctoral researcher with a background in linguistically and semiotically oriented theories of multimodality. In addition to conducting research, the appointee is expected to report the results in lead- and co-authored publications submitted to suitable venues, which will be determined collaboratively with the PI.


The appointee must hold a doctoral degree in computer science, digital humanities or a related field. A deep understanding of modern approaches to knowledge representation (especially knowledge graphs) and/or human computation (crowdsourcing or citizen science) is considered essential for the planned research. A successful candidate should also have a solid understanding of programming languages such as Python and libraries used for processing and managing data (e.g. pandas, PyTorch, NetworkX). Experience in collaborative development of research software is considered an advantage. The post-doctoral researcher must be able to work both independently and as a part of a multidisciplinary research group consisting of researchers with diverse backgrounds. Strong teamwork skills and an excellent command of written and spoken English are also required. The appointee must also commit to principles of open science and ethical use of crowdsourcing.

The appointee is expected to reside in Finland while employed by the University of Helsinki.


The University of Helsinki is Finland’s oldest and largest academic institution, an international scholarly community of 40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki is usually within the top 100 universities in the world. The University of Helsinki is seeking solutions to global challenges and engendering new thinking for the benefit of humanity.

The University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Arts is Finland’s oldest and largest unit of teaching and research in the arts in terms of the organisation and selection of its disciplines. The faculty is also a significant international community of research, education and culture. The Faculty of Arts studies and teaches languages and literature spoken in Europe and the rest of the world, in total almost 40 languages. It also develops general theories of linguistics, translation and literary studies.

The successful candidate will become a part of vibrant research community at the Faculty of Arts. The three-year position offers an excellent opportunity to conduct pioneering research on the multimodality of human communication in a multidisciplinary environment. The project provides generous funding for conference travel, networking and crowdsourcing. The project also offers access to state-of-the-art computing resources provided free-of-charge by the CSC – the IT Center for Science.

The starting salary for the position ranges from 3727 to 3920 euro per month, depending on experience and qualifications. The selected candidate is also expected to contribute to teaching, which is limited to 10% of annual working time. Standard Finnish pension benefits and occupational health care are provided for university employees. The employment contract will include a probationary period of six months.

The University of Helsinki provides its staff with occupational health and fitness services, professional development opportunities, as well as a first-class research and teaching environment and the conditions necessary for international cooperation. Read more about staff benefits on our website .


Please submit your application, together with the required documents, through the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the link “Apply now” (“Hae nyt”). Applicants who are currently employed by the University of Helsinki are requested to submit their application via the SAP Fiori portal at . The closing date for applications is March 1, 2024.

The applicants are requested to provide the following documents written in English with their application:

  • A curriculum vitae with contact information for two references,
  • A statement of motivation for applying for the position, how the applicant would contribute to the project and a description of the applicant’s core methodological skills (max. 750 words),
  • A list of publications with key publications relevant to the position highlighted.

    For further information about the position and the research project, please contact Associate Professor Tuomo Hiippala ([email protected] ).

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    Helsinki, Finland

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    Helsinki, Finland


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