Postdoctoral Researcher position at Aalto University

Postdoctoral Researcher position at Aalto University

Posted by Rebecca Martin on Wed, 21/08/2013 - 09:54

The Department of Information and Computer Science at the Aalto University School of Science ( is presently looking for a

Postdoctoral Researcher

The position belongs to the Aalto career system and the selected person will be initially appointed for a two-year fixed term period with a possibility of a two-year extension. The successful candidate will join the research group of Professor Juho Rousu (Kernel machines, Pattern Analysis and Computational Biology, The position gives good possibilities to flexibly choose a focus between the development of computational methods, and their application to metabolite identification.


The position is connected to the Academy of Finland research grant MIDAS (“Metabolite identification through algorithms and statistical learning”), where the goal is to develop next-generation machine learning methods for identifying metabolites from tandem mass spectrometric data. In addition to research work, the person hired is expected to participate in the supervision of students and teaching related to his or her research topic.


We expect the applicants to have a PhD degree (or close to completing one) in computer science, mathematics or statistics, with an excellent publication record. We expect solid research experience in one or more of the following fields:

• Supervised machine learning
• Kernel methods
• Structured output prediction
• Graph algorithms
• Large-scale optimization

Experience in bioinformatics and systems biology, especially with metabolomic data analysis, is considered an asset. Excellent technical and communications skills are required. Good command of English is a necessary prerequisite.

Compensation, working hours and place of work

The salary for the position is between 3 444 and 3 616 EUR per month depending on experience and qualifications. 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 1600 hours. The position is located at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus.

Application materials and procedure

The applications are to contain the following documents in one pdf-file in the order given below. The pdf-file is named ‘lastname_firstname_midas.pdf’.

• An application letter that includes at least:
• contact information of the applicant,
• names and contact information of two senior academics available for reference per e-mail,
• information whether the application can be used in filling other vacancies at the Department and,
• from which source the applicant received the information regarding the current call.
• A complete curriculum vitae describing education and employment history,
• List of publications, with pointers to openly available online versions of at most three of the most relevant publications.

Please cite the call identifier “MIDAS” in all the application documents. The applications for the position are to be addressed to the Head of the Department of Information and Computer Science at Aalto University, and submitted to the Registry of Aalto University no later thanSeptember 16, 2013 by email to

Short-listed candidates may be invited for an interview on the Otaniemi campus of Aalto University in Espoo. The candidates must have completed their PhD degree before the start of the contract period. Should there be a lack of eligible outstanding applicants the application period may be extended. While all applicants who have submitted an application by the deadline will be appropriately considered, Aalto University reserves the right to consider also other candidates for the announced position.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact Professor Juho Rousu (research related information) or HR Coordinator Stefan Ehrstedt (application process).

Application material will not be returned.


About Aalto University

Aalto University is a new university created in 2010 from the merger of the Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Art and Design Helsinki. The University’s cornerstones are its strengths in education and research, with 20,000 basic degree and graduate students, and a staff of 5 000 of whom 350 are professors.

The Department of Information and Computer Science at Aalto University in Espoo/Helsinki, Finland, pursues research on advanced computational methods for modelling, analysing, and solving complex tasks in technology and science. The research aims at the development of fundamental computer science methods for the analysis of large and high-dimensional data sets, and for the modelling and design of complex software, networking and other computational systems.

In the recent Research Assessment Exercise covering all the 46 units of Aalto University, the Department of Information and Computer Science was one of two units achieving an almost perfect score of 24 out of 25, from review panels assessing the units on a scale of 1 to 5 in the five subareas of scientific quality, scientific impact, societal impact, research environment, and future potential. For more information about the Department's research profile and activities, see the full RAE report available at ““.