Doctoral Researcher 14 open positions

Doctoral Researcher, 14 positions, Faculty of Information Technology and Communications Sciences

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The Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences invites applications for 14 fully-funded doctoral researcher positions and Gamification Group is among the groups that supervise doctoral candidates from this call as part of the Doctoral program of Humans and Technologies.


We are looking for highly qualified and motivated doctoral researchers to join the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences at Tampere University. Our Faculty is made up of four units: Computing Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Communication Sciences and Languages. Our research combines a diverse spectrum of communication and interaction, be it between humans, between humans and machines, or between machines. Our research themes include, for example, robotics, game research, artificial intelligence, electronics and embedded systems, smart grids and power electronics, communication, journalism, media and culture, theatre and drama, and literature and linguistics.  

The position of doctoral researcher offers you the opportunity to concentrate full time on your doctoral studies while receiving high-quality supervision along with the freedom and encouragement to develop your ideas in a supportive, inspirational and multidisciplinary research environment.  

Doctoral researchers are hired on a fixed-term basis for from 2 years up to 4 years. The exact length of the contract will depend on the current stage of your studies and your expected graduation date.  

Besides conducting research for your dissertation, you will be expected to teach or perform other duties related to your studies. These duties may not exceed 5% of your overall working hours.   

The successful candidates will pursue a doctoral degree in one of the doctoral programmes of the Faculty.   

The Finland Fellowships are 4-year positions which are available to non-EU/EEA citizens who have got/will get a study right for postgraduate studies in 2022. Finland Fellowships are part of the national internationalisation programme of Finnish higher education, coordinated and funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. The aim of the programme is to enhance international activities and recruitment in Finnish higher education and support international students and researchers in establishing successful careers in Finland.  As outlined in the national programme, Finland Fellowship placements are available for non-EU/EEA citizens and are partly funded through the national Finland Scholarship programme. The Finland Fellowship contributes to the salary paid by Tampere University and includes a 2000 EUR arrival allowance paid after arrival in Finland. 

The successful candidates will be able to explore topics relating to any of the research fields of our Faculty.

  • Humans and Technologies 

The Doctoral Programme of Humans and Technologies explores the relationships between people, information and technology, covering research of Human-Technology Interaction, Interactive technology, Information studies, Information retrieval, as well as Games and Gamification. The Doctoral Programme prepares students for challenging research, R&D and specialist careers relating to interaction between people, society and technology. The field has a strong interdisciplinary dimension and it employs a broad range of research methodologies and approaches. Research in the program draws from knowledge and expertise in areas ranging from computer science and information studies to human sciences, such as psychology and sociology. 

Applicants for the Doctoral Programme of Humans and Technologies, with a focus on Games and Gamification research, should contact Professor Juho Hamari first to discuss possible doctoral topics and provide a max. 1-page proposal of their research topic.
Professor Juho Hamari (, tel. +358503186861)  

Examples for areas of research include:  

  • Human-Technology Interaction 
    • Novel forms of human-technology interaction, including multimodal and multisensory interaction  
    • Interaction and applications on new technology platforms such as Virtual Reality, social robots and autonomous vehicles  
    • Human-Centered aspects to computing systems and Artificial Intelligence  
    • User experience and emotions in information technology systems  
    • Societal impact, accessibility and ethics of digital technology  
  • Information Studies  
    • Information practices and information interaction  
    • Records, archives, and knowledge management  
    • Educational technologies  
    • Library and reading studies  
  • Games & Gamification  
    • Games and gamification and their effects in different domains such as education, literacy, health, organization, sustainable consumption and production  
    • Human-game interaction / player-computer interaction 

Read more about the Doctoral Programme of Humans and Technologies


We expect candidates to hold an applicable master’s degree and to have been admitted, or be eligible to be admitted, to one of the doctoral programmes administered by the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences at Tampere University. 

Please note that the successful candidates must apply for admission to one of our doctoral programme separately if they are not already students. Please be aware that the application period to the Doctoral Programme of Humans and Technologies, to the Doctoral Programme in Language Studies and to the Doctoral Programme in Media, Communication and Performing Arts ends on 29 April 2022 at 15.00 Finnish time (EEST). The Doctoral Programme in Computing and Electrical Engineering accepts applications on a rolling basis. More instructions for applying to our doctoral programmes .  

In addition to the above-mentioned four doctoral programmes, students from the following doctoral programmes are eligible to apply for the doctoral researcher’s positions as well: Doctoral Programme in Communication, Media and Theatre, Doctoral Programme in Information and Systems and Doctoral Programme in Information Studies and Interactive Media. Please note that there is no admission to these three doctoral programmes anymore. 

When considering candidates, we will focus on the following: 

  • ambition, scientific quality and innovativeness of the research plan 
  • feasibility of the proposed research 
  • merits of the applicant   
  • research environment and/or support of the research group 
  • demonstrated (during studies towards the master’s degree or otherwise) competence and motivation to successfully complete a doctoral degree 


The positions will be filled for a fixed-term period of from two years up to four years starting as soon as possible but no later than 1 August 2022. 

The salary will be based on both the job requirements and the employee’s personal performance in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities. According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff, the position of a doctoral researcher is placed on level 2-4 of the job requirements scale. A typical starting salary for a doctoral researcher is approx. 2400€/month. A higher salary may be agreed upon based on the successful candidate’s experience and the progress of his or her doctoral studies.  

A trial period of six months applies to all our new employees.  

We invite you to join our vibrant, active and truly international research community. We offer a wide range of staff benefits, such as occupational health care, flexible working hours, excellent sports facilities on campus and several restaurants and cafés on campus with staff discounts. Please read more about working at Tampere University. You can also find more information about us and working and living Tampere by watching our video: Tampere Higher Education Community – our academic playground


Please note that you must separately apply for admission to one of the four doctoral programmes listed above if you are not already a doctoral student in one of our programmes. Please be aware that the application period to the Doctoral Programme of Humans and Technologies, to the Doctoral Programme in Language Studies and to the Doctoral Programme in Media, Communication and Performing Arts ends on 29 April 2022 at 15.00 Finnish time (EEST). The Doctoral Programme in Computing and Electrical Engineering accepts applications on a rolling basis. 

Submit your application for the doctoral researcher’s position through our online recruitment system (link below). The closing date for applications is 29 April 2022 (at 23.59 EEST / 20.59 UTC). Late applications will not be considered. 

Please attach the following documents to your application in PDF format: 

  • Curriculum Vitae prepared according to the guidelines issued by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK) 
  • Your research plan, max. 6 pages, including:    
    • Summary/abstract, background, goals and research questions, expected contributions and novelty of results – please see the web page of the doctoral programme for potential instructions for the research plan structure 
    • Schedule (e.g. a chart including the start date of your doctoral studies and your expected graduation date), required period of funding and a clear indication of other funding received and the related funding periods    
    • A table of papers (or chapters/substudies in case of a monograph) with the following columns where the rows represent individual studies/articles/chapters:  
      • tentative title (topic) 
      • research question explored 
      • methods and data gathered  
      • targeted publication channels  
      • estimated date of submission 
  • A list of completed courses that are counted towards your doctoral degree and preliminary plan for topics of the courses intended to take during doctoral studies (for example in terms of methods, theories, academic skills, etc.) 
  • Signed agreement from your supervisor and co-supervisor (if applicable) demonstrating that they have read and agree with the proposal 
  • Copy of your MSc and BSc degree certificates, including transcripts of all university records and their English translations (Finnish certificates are accepted) and Diploma Supplement 

Apply Here: Doctoral Researcher, 14 positions, Faculty of Information Technology and Communications Sciences / Väitöskirjatutkija, 14 tehtävää, Informaatioteknologian ja viestinnän tiedekunta (

For more information about the positions, please contact: 

Humans and Technologies: Professor Kaisa Väänänen (, tel. +358408490731)  

With questions about the recruitment process, please contact: HR Specialist Meri Vuorela (, tel. +358504497502)  

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