PhD positions in physics-driven machine learning and quantum computing

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We are looking for highly motivated candidates who are excited about physics-driven machine learning or quantum computing, and who can contribute to developing various kinds of AI-assisted frameworks and tools. Potential projects include:

  • Physics-driven machine learning which combines physical models (e.g. differential equations) with neural network and Gaussian process models. Applications include meteorological forecasting, industrial processes, and various AI systems.

  • Development of fast distributed and parallel computing methods for machine learning, state-estimation, and control. Applications include tracking systems, model predictive control, and health technology.

  • Development of quantum machine learning algorithms (e.g. quantum Gaussian processes) in collaboration with VTT’s quantum computing experts who are developing quantum computer hardware.

Research group

The position is available in the growing Sensor Informatics and Medical Technology (Sensori-informatiikka ja lääketieteellinen tekniikka) research group. We aim to carry out original high-quality research and continuously publish in top journals and conferences of the field. We have an extensive international collaboration network, which will facilitate the mobility of our researchers to leading research groups abroad, and vice versa. Our group is located at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation at Aalto University in Espoo. It is also affiliated with the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI).

Number of PhD positions: 1-2

Supervisor: Prof. Simo Särkkä ( )


  • At least M.Sc. in physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, computer science, or related field

  • Knowledge in statistical inference, Bayesian filtering and smoothing, machine learning, or physics

  • Proficient in programming languages used in scientific computing, such as, Python, Matlab, or Julia

  • Fluency in English

  • Academic publication and presentation skills are appreciated

As a person, we hope that you are:

  • An enthusiastic technical writer

  • Proactive 

  • Comfortable in working in multi-disciplinary and international teams

  • Eager to learn

  • A team player

You are requested to achieve your PhD degree within approximately 4 years by gaining a sufficient number of course credits based on the requirements of Aalto University and publishing a number of publications in reputable forums. You should also help your supervisor in teaching and mentoring, as well as assisting the team routine work, project applications and academic services, especially after finishing course study. You are expected to be highly motivated in pursuing your academic degree.

In this position you are expected to apply the study right for doctoral studies in Aalto University. Please check the student information and application criteria . In particular, please pay attention to mandatory skill level in English.

Salary information

The expected starting salary for a doctoral candidate is approximately 2500 € per month, and the salary will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. In addition to the salary, the contract includes occupational health benefits, and Finland has a comprehensive social security system.

The annual total workload of teaching staff at Aalto University is 1 612 hours. The position is located at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus which can be easily reached by the metro train.

Ready to apply?

Please submit your application through our recruiting system using "Apply now!" link below. Please be prepared to add the following attachments:

  • Motivation letter describing why you want to work with us (e.g. which publications you liked)

  • CV (please highlight any open source, publications, or other projects that are relevant)

  • Transcripts of studies

  • Recommendation letter(s) if you have any

Application period closes 31 March 2022, but we will start reviewing candidates immediately. Applications will be considered until the position(s) are filled.

More information

If you wish to hear more about the position, please contact Prof. Simo Särkkä (, email: . Regarding the application process and practical arrangements, please contact HR Coordinator Camilla Hanganpää ( ).

About Aalto University and Finland

Aalto University is where science and art meet technology and business. We shape a sustainable future by making research breakthroughs in and across our disciplines, sparking the game changers of tomorrow and creating novel solutions to major global challenges. Our community is made up of 12 000 students, 400 professors and close to 4 000 other faculty and staff working on our dynamic campus in Espoo, Greater Helsinki, Finland.

We believe that people from diverse backgrounds can together reach the best results. Diversity is part of who we are. Over 40% of our academic faculty come from outside Finland. We warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply, as we want to ensure the continued diversity and inclusiveness of our community. Aalto is committed to equal and transparent recruitment procedures.

Gender equality, flexibility and low hierarchy are at the core of our Nordic working environment. Professional ambitions can be combined with a fulfilling personal life. As a living and work environment, Finland consistently ranks high in quality-of-life and was just listed again as the happiest country in the world.

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