Postdoctoral Researcher, Agent-Based Modeling in Atmospheric Research

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 16 Aug 2021

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Position description

A Postdoctoral Researcher position with an initial 2-year appointment is available in the new Center for Atmospheric Research (ATMOS, ) led by Associate Professor (tenure track) Nønne Prisle, a recipient of an ERC Starting Grant  and an Academy of Finland Research Fellow grant, in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. 

The postdoctoral researcher is expected to conduct research on agent-based modeling of transportation and communication network emissions. Research will be conducted in close collaboration with partners from Finnish and international research institutions.

The position is filled as of September 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. A six-month trial period will be effective at the beginning of the initial 2-year contract. 

Required qualifications and assessment

The successful applicant must hold a PhD degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Atmospheric Science, or a related field. Knowledge of agent-based modeling is required. A strong background in ICT and networks, and knowledge of neural networks, complex systems, machine learning and deep learning are considered favorably. Candidates, whose PhD thesis has been submitted for review by 16.8.2021, are eligible to apply.

We expect high motivation, excellent analytical and research skills, and ability to work independently and achieve predefined goals. The postdoctoral researcher is expected to continually write and publish scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals and conferences.

Fluency in both written and spoken English is required, as well as excellent communication and teamwork skills. Demonstrated experience in writing scientific publications, acquiring funding or contributing to funding proposals, and teaching are considered merits. When assessing the qualifications, aspects to be considered include expertise on the research field and methodology, scientific publications, supervision experience, and activity in the scientific community.

Salary and benefits

The salary will be based on job requirement level 5 of the salary chart of teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50 % of the job-specific component). In practice, the salary will be roughly 3600 – 4000 € / month before taxes, depending on qualifications, performance, and experience. The employees will be insured by the university and provided occupational healthcare. Finland is known as a country with a high quality of life and good healthcare system.

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Application procedure

Applications must be submitted using the electronic application form by 16.8.2021 at 23:59 (Finnish local time). Applications sent by email will not be considered.

The following documents must be attached to the application as PDF files and written in English:

1) Cover letter describing prior background, research interests and career plans (maximum 2 pages).

2) Curriculum vitae formatted according to the template of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity ( ).

3) List of publications formatted according to the template of the Academy of Finland ( ), so that the ten publications most relevant to the position are clearly marked.

4) Scanned copies of degree certificates.

5) Contact information of two persons, who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate.

For further information on the position and application procedure contact via email:

Associate Professor Nonne Prisle,

Center for Atmospheric Research, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Due to university’s holiday season in July, please contact with possible questions during these time periods: 23.6.2021 – 5.7.2021 or 2.8. – 16.8.2021. Please expect longer response times in general.

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