Early Stage Researcher



The University of Eastern Finland is inviting applications for an Early Stage Researcher position on the Kuopio Campus. The position will be filled for a four-year term from 1 December 2021 (or as agreed) to 30 November 2025. Please find more information below and submit your application no later than 16 November 2021.

Role and salary

As our new Early Stage Researcher  you will be working at the A.I. Virtanen Insitutute for Molecular Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences. The position is located in Kuopio, Finland.  

Untangling the wiring diagram of the human brain offers exciting new opportunities to better understand how our brains work and what kind of changes occur during various brain disorders, including mental and neurodegenerative diseases. Owing to recent advances in neuroimaging technology, particularly in diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), it is now possible to study the structural connectivity network of the brain. To that end, our group develops novel computational algorithms to process neuroimaging data and to analyse brain networks using signal processing and machine learning techniques. Coding plays a vital role in our research to enable clinical and widespread use of our tools. Software developed by our group have won several awards in previous international competitions. 

We are looking for an Early Stage Researcher to work at the intersection of neuroscience and machine learning. The specific research topic is highly novel and it involves processing of MRI data and network analysis. The novel techniques that will be developed by the Early Stage Researcher will contribute to our software development effort as well. With that, we foresee a large number of clinical applications, Alzheimer’s disease being the potential primary target for investigation.

A person to be appointed as an Early Stage Researcher shall be qualified to pursue postgraduate studies, i.e. he or she is required to have completed a suitable higher university degree or an equivalent education abroad which in the country in question would qualify the person for similar academic studies. 

The position is filled for a four-year term from 1 December 2021 (or as agreed) to 30 November 2025. Positions of Early Stage Researchers shall always be filled for a fixed term.The position is filled for a fixed term because in the University of Eastern Finland, the objective is to complete the doctoral degree in a maximum of four years. A probationary period is applied to all new members of the staff. The salary of the position is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities and is based on 2 – 4 of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff (2,078.27 – 2,591.28 €/month). In addition to the job requirement component, the salary includes a personal performance component, which can be a minimum of 6 % and a maximum of 50 % of the job requirement component. Depending on the job requirement component and the personal performance component, the salary will be approximately 2,203.00 – 2,535.00 €/month at the beginning of the employment relationship.

Your benefits  

You will have access to the university’s staff benefits, including  

  • extensive occupational health care  
  • staff discount on lunch in our campus restaurants, as well as on a range of other services  
  • affordable sports services.  

Please read more in the Work at UEF section on our website.  

You will have an opportunity to work in an interesting role as part of our international, creative, participatory and inclusive academic community.    

How to apply?  

Submit your application by using our electronic application form no later than 16 November 2021 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time).     

Please note that you must include the following appendices in your application  


For further information on the position, please contact: Dr Dogu Baran Aydogan,  +358 45 8826216,  baran.aydogan@uef.fi.

For further information on the application procedure,
please contact Tarja Salmi, +358 29 4458220, tarja.salmi@uef.fi.