University of Turku

2-4 Postdoctoral Researchers or Senior Research Fellows, several disciplines

2024-05-27 (Europe/Helsinki)
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The Learning Analytics Research Institute (TRILA) of the University of Turku is looking for 2-4 postdoctoral researchers or Senior Researcher Fellows for a four-year fixed-term employment (1.5.2024 - 30.4.2028) funded by the EDUCA flagship project. The position is expected to begin in May-June 2024 or upon an agreement. The Academy of Finland funds Future of Education (EDUCA) flagship, which aims is to build an education ecosystem that produces an understanding of learning and the use of technology in teaching. The duration of the EDUCA project is 4+4 years. Using a multidisciplinary ecosystem, a data infrastructure is built to combine theoretical and multi-method expertise in education, psychology, learning analytics, sociology and economics, and to benefit from extensive longitudinal and register data. The flagship will strengthen the research basis of educational policy decisions and experiments, increase understanding of optimal learning situations and attachment to education, as well as research knowledge of social and individual learning processes, the competence of teachers and leaders, as well as increasing understanding of scalable educational technology solutions and learning environments. The consortium consists of the universities of Jyväskylä, Helsinki, Turku and Aalto.

Research areas applicable to the EDUCA research programme include learning analytics, computer science, information technology, mathematics, statistics, educational science, psychology, cognitive science, linguistics or other applicable field. The main themes of the programme are:

  1. Educational experiments, reforms and interventions (especially educational policy reforms and the effectiveness of RCT interventions),
  2. Variation in learning and support for learning (individual, group, kindergarten/school, municipality and regional level reviews),
  3. Scalable digital solutions for learning and teaching (especially learning variation and learning analytics to support learning),
  4. Strengthening the competence of teachers and principals and
  5. Data infrastructure as part of the EDUCA ecosystem.

The employment relationships now being sought focus on some of the following research areas related to EDUCA's objectives:

  • Learning Analytics
  • Learning Mathematics (most commonly STEM)
  • Computational thinking
  • School well-being and learning-related emotions
  • Language and Literacy Learning
  • Cognitive skills

Who we are looking for

The person selected for the position of Postdoctoral Researcher shall have

  • Ph.D. in a field suitable for research themes (learning analytics, computer science, computer science, mathematics, statistics, educational sciences, cognitive science, psychology, linguistics or other applicable field).
  • Previous experience in research methods related to the production and processing of large datasets.
  • Experience in research/development work related to electronic learning environments and data analytics consider as a benefit.
  • Good writing and communication skills in English.

The eligibility criteria is defined in the University of Turku Rules of Procedure. According to the rules of procedure a Postdoctoral Researcher is required to have a doctoral degree and the ability to conduct independent scientific work as well as having the necessary teaching skills. A Senior Research fellow is required to have a doctoral degree and the ability to conduct independent scientific work and evidence of scientific research work and the necessary teaching skills.


At the Learning Analytics Research Institute of the University of Turku, you can do meaningful work with knowledgeable colleagues. We are involved in major Finnish educational development research projects with top international research teams. Together with our partners, we contribute to better learning for a growing group of over one million children and youth worldwide.

We offer you responsible and interesting tasks and the opportunity to develop your professional skills in a versatile operating environment. You get a professional and inspiring team to support your work. We take care of your well-being at work and the functionality of your everyday life, e.g. with the help of flexible working hours and our well-being services.

Please read more about University of Turku as an employee from our Come work with us! pages.

The European Commission has awarded the University of Turku the right to use the HR Excellence in Research logo. The logo is a token of the University's commitment to continuous development of the position and working conditions of researchers according to the guidelines set forth in the European Charter for Researchers. 

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Salary and trial period

The salary is determined in accordance with the university salary system for teaching and research personnel. The salary of a Postdoctoral Researcher is at levels 4–6, and the job-specific salary element is 2775,28–3747,44 euros per month. The salary of a Senior Research Fellow is at levels 5–7, and the job-specific salary element is 3213,55–4320,23 euros per month. In addition, a personal salary element will be paid. The personal salary element (up to 50 %) which is normally between 6 and 19% of the job-specific salary for a new employee. Depending on previous experience and expertise, the salary at the beginning of the postdoctoral research position is approximately 3 050 – 3 800 euros per month and that of Senior Researcher Sr. 3 500-4 500 euros per month.

A six months trial period applies to the position.


How to apply

In your application, please include
• a CV
• a motivation letter
• list of publication
• research plan
• a degree certificate (Ph.D.)

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is 27.5.2024 at 16.00 (Europe/Helsinki)). Remember to attach all the above appendices to your application, as the applications will evaluated centrally based on them. 

For further information about the position, please contact: professor Mikko-Jussi Laakso, mikko-jussi.laakso(at)
With questions about the application process, please contact HR Specialist Susanna Virtanen, susanna.virtanen(at)

Turku Research Institute for Learning Analytics

The TRILA is a research group at the University of Turku's Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, focusing on digital teaching and learning analytics. The group supports the strategy of the University of Turku by developing the quality of teaching and promoting digital education and the spread of the learning analytics ecosystem in Finland and abroad. Most Finnish primary schools use the ViLLE system developed by the TRILA group.

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The University of Turku is an inspiring and international academic community of 25,000 students and staff in Southwest Finland. We build a sustainable future with multidisciplinary research, education, and collaboration. With us, your work will have a significant impact and relevance in the changing world.

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2-4 Postdoctoral Researchers or Senior Research Fellows, several disciplines
Joukahaisenkatu 3-5 Turku, Suomi
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2024-05-27 16:00 (Europe/Helsinki)
2024-05-27 15:00 (CET)
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