Artificial city

Postdoctoral researcher in artificial intelligence for sustainable mobility job with UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI


The University of Helsinki has opened a postdoctoral research position at the Institute for 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 university community of 40,000 students and staff. It operates on four campuses in Helsinki and 15 other locations.

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

Job Description

Helsinki Institute for Urban and Regional Studies ( is looking for a talented and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher in urban studies with a specialization in computer science, particularly machine learning. The aim of the Institute is to improve understanding of the global urban challenge facing Nordic welfare states. The postdoctoral researcher will benefit from an innovative research environment that emphasizes scientific rigor, collaboration with cities, and the pursuit of excellence in science and education. The close cooperation 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 researcher position and the appointee will work in close interaction with the cities. The postdoctoral researcher will be placed administratively in the Department of Computer Science and will work under the supervision of Associate Professor Laura Ruotsalainen.

The postdoctoral researcher should focus his research on the modeling of future modes of sustainable mobility (automation, electrification, improvement of the functionality of public transport and cycling, development of the Mobility-as-a-Service concept) and their effect on the sustainability of the Helsinki Capital Region. The research will focus on the development of machine learning methods to model and simulate different urban planning and traffic solutions and analyze their effect on the sustainability of the region. In addition, issues related to AI and ethics (in data collection, biases in data) or adaptation to changing mobility systems can be addressed in research.

The postdoctoral researcher to be appointed should have proven expertise in the development of machine learning algorithms for the modeling and simulation of dynamic systems. The main tasks will include research in the respective field. The position will require scholarly publications, teaching in the Master of Urban Studies and Planning program ( and interaction with funding organizations in the city. The appointee is also expected to play a role in planning new research projects to be carried out at the University of Helsinki.

The postdoctoral researcher will play a key role in the development of the educational offer of the Urban Studies & Planning program. Moreover, they will

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

The postdoctoral researcher will be offered a fixed-term contract of three years starting January 1, 2023 (or as agreed).


A person appointed to the position of postdoctoral researcher must hold a doctorate in a relevant field, have the ability to conduct independent scientific research and possess the teaching skills required for the position. The candidate must have the proven ability to publish in scientific journals and possess excellent analytical and methodological skills. In addition, the candidate must have good communication skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a multidisciplinary working community and closely with cities.

The candidate’s doctoral degree must have been issued by the issuing institution before the date of the job interviews. Also, the PhD should have been awarded no more than five years prior to the call (2017 or later). The five-year limit can only be exceeded for particularly compelling reasons (eg parental leave or military service).

Salary and benefits

For a post-doctoral researcher, the starting salary is usually 3500 to 3800 euros/month, depending on previous qualifications and experience.

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How to register

Please submit your application in one pdf filewhich includes the following documents in English:

  • Curriculum vitae, including educational merits (max. 3 pages)
  • List of publications (max. 2 pages)
  • Research plan or letter of research interests (max. 3 pages), in which the applicant describes how their expertise would contribute to the area of ​​research
  • Summary (max. 2 pages) of the candidate’s research activities, including original research at the international level, international academic networks, local cooperation, success in obtaining research funding
  • Names and contact details of one or two referents

External candidatesplease 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, grant-funded researcher contract, visiting researcher or visiting professor contract at the University of Helsinki, are requested to leave their application using the employee login.

The deadline for applications is October 18, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EEST.

More information

Further information on the position can be obtained from:

Associate Professor Laura Ruotsalainen, University of Helsinki ([email protected], +358 50 556 0761)

Professor Mari Vaattovaara, University of Helsinki ([email protected], +358 50 415 4861)