Doctoral Position in Cyber Security

University of Oulu Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering


We, at the University of Oulu, work as part of the international science community to produce new scientific information and science-based solutions. We are committed to educate future pioneers to build a more sustainable, intelligent and humane world. Creating new, taking responsibility and succeeding together build strong foundation in all our actions. We offer a working environment where individuals can cultivate their skills, do meaningful work, and develop professionally. Our university's several specialized research and service units enable extensive and diverse development and career opportunities for experts in various fields.

Position description

Doctoral student positions (2-3) with a 4-year appointment are available in the Oulu University Secure Programming Group (OUSPG, led by professor Juha Röning in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

The purpose of the Oulu University Secure Programming Group (OUSPG), active since 1996, is to study, evaluate and develop methods of implementing and testing application and system software in order to prevent, discover and eliminate implementation level security vulnerabilities in a pro-active fashion. Our focus is on implementation level security issues and software security testing.

The doctoral students will conduct research on two topics related to cyber security:

  • Cybersecurity of space systems (satellites, ground systems etc.)
  • The lifecycle and development of software and system weaknesses from weakness to vulnerability and possible malware and its use.

The positions are funded jointly by Oulu University and National Defence University, Finland.  The positions include collaboration with National Defence University, Department of Military Technology and the Finnish Defence Forces in the above topics.

The positions are filled as of August 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter. A six-month trial period will be effective at the beginning of the initial 4-year contract. 

Required qualifications and assessment

The successful applicant must hold a MSc degree in Computer Engineering, Electronics, Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related field. Candidates, whose MSc thesis has been submitted for review by 31.5.2021, are eligible to apply. Theoretical knowledge and hands on experience in following areas are considered favorably:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Programming (e.g. C, Java, Python, or similar);
  • Operating systems and network protocols
  • Vulnerability finding and ethical hacking
  • Curious attitude towards digital systems

We expect high motivation, commitment to achieve predefined goals, independent thinking, creativity, and adherence to supervision and guidance. Fluency in both written and spoken English is required, as well as excellent communication and teamwork skills. The candidate is expected to also present a suitable plan for achieving fluency in Finnish over the course of the employment.

Because of the selected persons will work in close collaboration with National Defence University and other parts the Finnish Defence Forces, national personnel security clearance process will be carried out with the consent of the applicant.

Salary and benefits

The salary will be based on job requirement level 2 of the salary chart of teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50 % of the job-specific component). In practice, the salary of a new doctoral student will be roughly 2500 € / month before taxes. The employees will be insured by the university and provided occupational healthcare. Finland is known as a country with a high quality of life and good healthcare system.

For more information on the General Collective Agreement and the salary system of the Finnish universities, please see: 

Application procedure

Applications must be submitted using the electronic application system by 10.6.2021 at 23:59 (Finnish local time). Applications sent by email will not be considered.

The following documents must be attached to the application as PDF files and written in English:

1) Cover letter describing prior background, research interests and career plans (maximum 2 pages).

2) Curriculum vitae formatted according to the template of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (

3) Scanned copies of degree certificates and transcripts.

4) Contact information of two persons, who may be asked to give a statement on the candidate.

For further information on the position and application procedure contact via email:

Professor Kimmo Halunen,

Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

University of Oulu

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