Call for postdoctoral researchers at HIIT, Helsinki (deadline 13 May 2011)

Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT conducts basic and
strategic research on information technology. It is a joint research
institute of the Aalto University and the University of Helsinki. HIIT
is a leading IT institute with research ranging from fundamental
methods and technologies to novel applications and their impact on
other sciences, people and society. HIIT’s key competences are in
analysis of large sets of data, probabilistic modeling of complex
phenomena, Internet architecture and technologies, mobile and
human-centric computing, and user-created media.

HIIT now calls for applications for postdoctoral researchers. The
positions will be filled for three years maximum, starting 1 August
2011, or as agreed.

The postdoctoral researchers will undertake research work, teaching
and student supervision in some of HIIT’s research areas, but
preferably providing an extension to the competences presently
available in HIIT. Each postdoc will belong to one or more HIIT
research groups, and be mentored by one or more group leaders /
PI’s. See

This time, we are searching for postdocs for the following fields:

* We are launching a new focus area for which we are looking for
people in particular working in large-scale computational and
probabilistic modelling, with applications in Text analysis and
recommendations, Context-awareness and user modeling, or Biological
data integration, modelling, and bioinformatics. People involved
include: Antti Oulasvirta and Antti Honkela (contact persons;, Giulio Jacucci, Samuel Kaski and Petri

* Brain signal analysis (contact persons: Aapo Hyvärinen, Samuel

* Computational creativity (contact person Hannu Toivonen,

* Excellent applicants in other fields of HIIT are welcome as well
(contact persons: research group leaders and HIIT research programme

The applications should include:
– A research statement, including preferences on HIIT groups
and topics, and outlining proposed research (at most 3 pages)
– Curriculum vitae
– List of publications with links to pdf-versions of the three
most relevant publications
– Degree certificate of the PhD degree. In case the doctoral
degree is still pending, an up-to-date study transcript and a
plan for completion of the degree should be provided. The
doctoral degree should be completed during 2011.
– Two letters of reference, or email addresses of two senior
academics willing to provide more information.

Deadline: Friday 13 May 2011.

The applications should be submitted using a web form at
The research statement, CV, list of publications and degree
information should be attached in pdf.

The salary for beginning postdoctoral researchers is usually about
3000-3600 euro / month, and for more experienced researchers up to
about 4300 euro / month. The contract includes occupational health and
social security benefits.

The applicants will be informed about the decisions as soon as
possible, at the latest in the end of June 2011.

Contact persons in HIIT for practical information:
Institute secretary Päivi Kuuppelomäki kuuppelo at,
Research Coordinator Ella Bingham, ella.bingham at (please use
both addresses)
Contact persons in HIIT for scientific information:
The respective research group leaders and HIIT research programme