Postdoctoral Researcher in Theory of Distributed Computing at The Department of Computer Science at the Aalto University School of Science, Helsinki, FinlandThe position belongs to the Aalto career system and the selected person will be appointed for a two-year fixed term appointment with an option for renewal. The starting and ending dates can be negotiated.

The researcher will take part in the project Charting the Landscape of Distributed Time Complexity”, funded by the Academy of Finland for 2015–2019. The project is related to the theoretical foundations of distributed computing, with the main focus on understanding the distributed time complexity of so-called local coordination problems. For further details on the research area, read the short survey, and for more information on our research team, visit our web page


In addition to research work, persons hired are expected to participate in the supervision of students and teaching following the standard practices at the department.


The candidate should have a Ph.D. or equivalent and an excellent track record in research related to theoretical computer science. Good command of English is a necessary prerequisite.

Compensation, working hours and place of work

The salary for the position is between 3 468 and 3 641 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 1 600 hours. The position is located at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus.

Application material and procedure

Please send your application through the electronic recruitment system ‘Saima’ (see link at the bottom of the page) no later than on Friday, 31 July 2015, at 4:00pm Finnish time.  Include your CV, list of publications, brief research statement, transcript of the doctoral studies, and names and contact information of two senior academics willing to give more information.

Short-listed candidates may be invited for an interview on the Otaniemi campus of Aalto University in Espoo or for an interview conducted via Skype. 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.

Further information

  • HR Coordinator, Mr. Stefan Ehrstedt, e-mail “” (application process, practical arrangements)
  • Professor Jukka Suomela, e-mail “” (research related information)

Application material will not be returned.

Espoo, 18 June 2015

Aalto University

About Helsinki

The greater Helsinki region is a world-class information technology complex, attracting leading scientists and researchers in various fields of computer science. Helsinki is regularly highly graded in world city rankings, such as global livability ranking by The Economist (Ranked eighth in 2014). As a postdoctoral fellow you will enjoy sophisticated, high-quality and vibrant life of Nordic charm.

Deadline: Friday, 31 July 2015, at 4:00pm Finnish time