Postdoctoral Researcher in Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Mobility

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 18 Oct 2022


The University of Helsinki has opened a position for a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Urban and Regional Studies (Urbaria). The University of Helsinki, founded in 1640, is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The University of Helsinki is an international academic community of 40,000 students and staff members. It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and at 15 other locations.

The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from a variety of gender identities, and linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Position description

Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies ( ) is seeking a talented and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher in Urban Studies with a focus in Computer Science, especially in machine learning. The goal of the Institute is to enhance understanding of the global urban challenge that the Nordic Welfare States are facing. The postdoctoral researcher will benefit from a novel research environment that emphasises scientific rigor, collaboration with cities and the pursuit of excellence in science and teaching. The close co-operation between the University of Helsinki, Aalto University and the cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa will provide a unique working environment in the heart of a changing and developing capital region. The cities of the Helsinki Capital Region are funding the research position, and the appointee will be working in close interaction with the cities. The postdoctoral researcher will administratively be placed at the Department of Computer Science and work under the supervision of Associate Professor Laura Ruotsalainen.

The postdoctoral researcher is expected to focus their research on modelling future sustainable mobility modes (automatization, electrification, improving the functionality of public transport and bicycling, developing the Mobility-as-a-Service concept), and their effect on the sustainability of the Helsinki Capital Region. The research will focus on developing machine learning methods for modelling and simulating different urban and traffic planning solutions and analysing their effect on the region’s sustainability. In addition, questions related to AI and ethics (in collecting the data, bias in data) or adaptation to changing mobility systems can be addressed in the research.

The postdoctoral researcher to be appointed shall have proven expertise in the development of machine learning algorithms for modelling and simulating dynamic systems. The main duties will include research in the respective field. The post will require scholarly publishing, teaching in the Master’s Programme in Urban Studies & Planning ( ) and interaction with the funding city organisations. The appointee is also expected to take a role in planning for new research projects to be conducted at the University of Helsinki. 

The postdoctoral researcher will play a key role in developing the educational offerings of the Urban Studies & Planning programme. Furthermore, they will

  • Contribute to programme delivery and continuous course and programme improvement
  • Develop or identify urban studies-related content and materials for courses
  • Develop, implement, and support extracurricular activities, including symposia and seminars

The postdoctoral researcher will be offered a contract for a three-year fixed-term period starting from the 1st of January 2023 onwards (or as agreed).


An appointee to the position of postdoctoral researcher must hold a doctoral degree in a relevant field, have the ability to conduct independent scientific research and possess the teaching skills required for the position. The candidate should have the proven capability to publish in scientific journals and have excellent analytical and methodological skills. In addition, the candidate is expected to have good communication skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a multidisciplinary working community and in close collaboration with the cities.

The candidates’ doctoral degree must have been granted by the awarding institution prior to the date for the job interviews. Furthermore, the doctoral degree is expected to have been granted no more than five years prior to the call (2017 or later). The five-year limit may be exceeded only for particularly compelling reasons (for instance parental leave or military service).

Salary and benefits

For a post-doctoral researcher, the starting salary is typically 3500 - 3800 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 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 as a single pdf file, which includes the following documents in English:

  • Curriculum vitae, including teaching merits (max. 3 pages)
  • List of publications (max. 2 pages)
  • Research Plan or Letter of Research Interests (max. 3 pages), in which the applicant outlines how his/her expertise would contribute to the research area
  • Summary (max. 2 pages) of the applicant’s scholarly activities, including original research at an international level, international academic networks, local co-operation, success in obtaining research funding
  • Names and contact details of one or two referees

External applicants, please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply Now button.

Applicants, who have a username and a valid employment contract, a grant researcher's contract, a visiting researcher's or visiting professor's contract at the University of Helsinki, are requested to leave their application by using the Employee login.

The deadline for applications is October 18, 2022 at 23:59 EEST.

Further information

Further information on the position may be obtained from:

Associate Professor Laura Ruotsalainen, University of Helsinki ( , +358 50 556 0761)

Professor Mari Vaattovaara, University of Helsinki ( , +358 50 415 4861)

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