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Research Assistant (summer trainee), 25-35 positions (Physics Unit) / Tutkimusapulainen (kesätyöntekijä), 25-35 tehtävää (Fysiikan yksikkö)

Together, Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences form a higher education community that places faith in people and scientific knowledge. Leading experts in the fields of technology, health and society are changing the world at Finland’s second largest multidisciplinary higher education institution. www.tuni.fi/en 

The Physics Unit invites applications for several (25-35) summer trainee positions in the research areas of Aerosol Physics, Computational Physics and Photonics.  

Job description 

Summer trainees will work in the research groups in many different assisting tasks. The research is related to a wide range of fields, including environmental sciences, material physics, light-matter interaction, laser applications, and numerical algorithms. The objective of the Unit is to balance basic and industrially applicable research, having both performed with excellence in each of the research areas. 

The positions will be filled for a fixed-term period of 3 months, commencing on 1 June 2023 or as mutually agreed. Trial period of 1 month applies. 

1. Aerosol physics

Aerosol particles significantly affect ambient air quality and human health and play an important role in the climate system through seeding clouds and influencing radiative balance. Our research fields include aerosol instrumentation, combustion aerosols, atmospheric aerosols, aerosol chemistry, aerosol nanoparticle synthesis and nanostructured coatings. The strategic aim is to study anthropogenic emissions in a wider context including atmospheric relevance and fate. Our approach is both experimental and computational and covers topical items such as molecular level aerosol precursor formation, subsequent nanoparticle/cluster production and ultimate formation of secondary aerosols. 

2. Computational physics

Modeling and simulations have an increasing role in fundamental sciences and they are also pivotal in the analysis, interpretation and exploitation of Big Data. The Computational Physics Laboratory develops and uses advanced methodological and numerical tools for various applications in modern physics. Our current activities include material and molecular modelling, electronic structure theory, quantum control and dynamics, topological quantum matter, statistical physics, low-dimensional nanomaterials and multidisciplinary challenges in, e.g., computational cardiology. 

3. Photonics

Photonics, as an enabling technology similarly to electronics, underpins much of modern science and knowledge-intensive technology. Our vision is that the next revolution in photonics will rely on new advanced light sources, on exquisite control of light fields, as well 

as on new materials and nanostructures with tailorable and tunable optical properties. Advances in these fields will provide new capabilities in the future for multiple application areas such as medicine, communication, solar energy and monitoring of the environment. 

Requirements: 

We are looking for science and engineering students who enjoy problem-solving and are able to think independently while also being able to work in multinational research environment and have good social and team working skills. Potential candidate could be e.g. a 1-4-year student, who has successfully completed his/her studies e.g. in physics, mathematics and chemistry. A good command of English, both in writing and in oral presentations, will be an asset. 

We offer:  

The summer trainee program is the perfect chance for being part of a vibrant, international and multicultural research environment, which will not only provide insight on the research world itself, but will also represent the perfect occasion to get in touch with cutting-edge research. Summer trainees, moreover, are encouraged to discuss with the research group professors about BSc and MSc theses topics, related to the trainee period. Most of our summer trainees, in fact, stay for a master thesis, and they decide later on to continue they research career with a PhD. 

The salary will be based on both the job demand level and the employee’s personal performance in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System. According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff, the position of the Research Assistant is placed on the job demand level 1. In addition, employees will receive performance-based salary, which for Research Assistants is based on their study credits.  Salary for a Research Assistant is around 2032€ – 2358€ depending on completed study credits.

How to apply: 

Please submit your application by the online application form. Applications and attachments must be written in English. Applications must be enclosed with CV, letter of motivation and transcript of studies in pdf format. Please note that applicants may be invited to participate to an interview throughout the application time and therefore we encourage to apply as soon as possible. 

Closing date for applications is on Monday, February 13th 2023 (23:59 EET / UTC +2) . 

You can apply for several positions with the one application form. Please indicate in the application form your priority of research area (Aerosol / Computational / Photonics). It is also possible to indicate your priority of research groups in the application form, in case you will not be chosen for the research area which you have placed as a primary item. Regarding the applications on prioritized research area, we strive for making the decisions in late February. The ones without recruitment in the first round will be automatically moved to the second round, where the decisions are made based on secondary prioritizations. 

For more information, please contact: 

Aerosol Physics: Professor Jorma Keskinen (jorma.keskinen (at) tuni.fi) 

Computational Physics: Professor Esa Räsänen (esa.rasanen (at) tuni.fi) 

Photonics: Professor Juha Toivonen (juha.toivonen (at) tuni.fi) 

About the recruitment process: HR-Specialist Ilona Pekuri (ilona.pekuri(at)tuni.fi) 

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Tampereen yliopisto ja Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulu muodostavat yhdessä Suomen toiseksi suurimman monitieteisen, innostavan ja vaikuttavan tutkimus- ja oppimisyhteisön. Korkeakouluyhteisömme osaamiskärjet ovat tekniikka, terveys ja yhteiskunta. Lue lisää: www.tuni.fi

Fysiikan yksikkö hakee kesäharjoittelijoita (25-35) kolmelle tutkimusalueelle: Aerosolifysiikkaan, Laskennalliseen fysiikkaan sekä Fotoniikkaan. Tarjoamme kesäharjoittelijoille sekä kokeellisia että laskennallisia työtehtäviä sekä mahdollisuuden uuden oppimiseen sekä haasteita ensimmäisistä päivistä lähtien. Kesäharjoittelijan tehtävästä on mahdollisuus jatkaa diplomityöhön ja tutkijanuralle. Tutkimusta tehdään monilla eri aihealueilla, joihin kuuluvat mm. ympäristötieteet, materiaalifysiikka, valon ja aineen vuorovaikutus, lasersovellutukset sekä numeeriset algoritmit. Laboratorion periaatteena on toimia tasapainoisesti sekä perustutkimuksen että teollisten sovellutusten kehittämisen parissa. 

Hakuohjeet: 

Lue tarkemmat tiedot tehtävästä ja hakuohjeet yllä olevasta englanninkielisestä ilmoituksesta. Jätäthän hakemuksesi yliopiston sähköisellä hakulomakkeella (linkki löytyy tämän ilmoituksen alta). Liitä hakemukseesi CV tai ansioluettelo sekä opintorekisteriote pdf-muodossa. Käsittelemme hakemuksia jo hakuaikana, joten haethan pian! 

Hakuaika tehtävään päättyy maanantaina 13.2.2023 klo 23.59. 

Voit samalla hakemuksella hakea useampaa avoinna olevaa paikkaa. Merkitse sähköiselle hakemuslomakkeelle, mille tutkimusalueelle tai mihin ryhmään ensisijaisesti olet hakemassa kohtaan (priorisointi, 1. sija) ja missä muissa ryhmissä olisit kiinnostunut työskentelemään, jos et tule valituksi ensisijaiseen toiveeseesi (priorisointi, muut). 

Ensimmäiseksi priorisoitujen hakukohteiden osalta valintapäätökset pyritään tekemään helmikuun lopulla. Ensimmäisellä kierroksella valitsematta jääneet hakijat siirtyvät automaattisesti toiselle hakukierrokselle, jossa tehdään valinnat toissijaiseksi merkittyjen priorisointien mukaisesti. 

Application period starts: 2023-01-17 15:00Application period ends: 2023-02-13 23:59

Read the job description at the university homepage

Submit an application

Post expires on Monday February 13th, 2023

Research Assistant, 10-18 positions (Electrical Engineering, summer jobs)/ Tutkimusapulainen 10-18 tehtävää (Sähkötekniikka, kesätyö)

Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences create a unique environment for multidisciplinary, inspirational and high-impact research and education. Our universities community has its competitive edges in technology, health and society. www.tuni.fi/en

Tampere University Electrical Engineering unit at the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences offers summer intern positions (Research Assistant positions). Research Assistants work on interesting research topics in the research groups related to different branches of Electrical Engineering, namely 1) Electronics and Embedded Systems, 2) Communications Engineering and Radio Systems, and 3) Electrical Energy Engineering.

We are looking for BSc or MSc degree students at Tampere University for the summer 2023. We do not expect previous research experience but appreciate enthusiasm to work hard and learn more. It is also possible to continue as full-time or part-time research assistant during the fall, if mutually agreed. The topics are also suitable for BSc and/or MSc thesis works based on further discussion.

You will be supervised by our researchers and staff who are committed to give you a great experience!

JOB DESCRIPTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

1. Electronics and Embedded Systems, 5-8 positions

https://www.tuni.fi/en/about-us/electronics-and-embedded-systems

We explore sustainable electronics for healthier living and reduce carbon footprint. Through medical wearables we strive to improve healthcare for elderly, sick, disabled, as well as athletics and everyday people. We believe that whenever possible, materials of natural origin or side/waste streams of other sectors should be used to reduce resource consumption, and to promote circular economy and green transition.

Our research includes a wide range of activities on electronics and embedded systems, including printed electronics, thin-film devices and circuits, low-level software, and system design in industrial, healthcare, and consumer environments. We investigate and develop solutions related to ambient intelligent, sensors, user interfaces, wearable electronics including smart textiles and health patches, stretchable electronics, structural electronics, IoT-devices, energy harvesting and storage, low-power applications, and energetic systems.

Topics for the summer interns cover, e.g., 

  • thin-film electronics fabrication and characterization (e.g., transistors, diodes, tunnel diodes) 
  • device physics and equivalent circuit modeling (TCAD)
  • low-temperature atomic layer deposition (ALD) enhanced by pulsed plasma or UV laser photonic annealing  
  • RF circuit design and testing
  • microfabrication and characterization of printed supercapacitors materials and devices
  • developing and testing energy harvesting and storage technologies for low-power applications
  • designing new testing methods for wearable and stretchable electronics
  • developing embedded software for IoT applications
  • designing integrated circuit backends

2. Communications Engineering and Radio Systems, 3-6 positions

https://www.tuni.fi/en/about-us/communications-engineering-and-radio-systems

We carry out high-impact basic science and applied research related to the development of new data communication and networking concepts, processing methods and tools for electrical and electromagnetic communication systems, building the basis e.g. for 5G and 6G mobile radio networks, Internet-of-Things (IoT), Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, and/or the Industrial Internet. Additionally, developing new high-accuracy low-cost/energy-efficient radio positioning and radio-based sensing/radar methods is another strong research track. 

Topics for the summer interns can cover, e.g., 

  • developing future 6G mobile communication technology
  • carrying out practical data communication measurements in 5G networks and analyzing the results
  • experimenting how drones get data connectivity through 4G and 5G ground base-stations through field measurements
  • studying the radio sensor, radar and EW capabilities of F-35 scale fighter planes
  • developing GNSS-LEO integration methods for robust low-cost positioning
  • developing and experimenting 5G & satellite positioning methods for railway digitalization
  • studying hardware acceleration solutions for machine learning algorithms

3. Electrical Energy Engineering, 2-4 positions

https://www.tuni.fi/en/about-us/electrical-energy-engineering

The research group of Electromechanics works on electromagnetic and electromechanical energy conversion as well as superconducting magnets. The research on energy conversion focuses on the development of numerical computation techniques and magnetic material models to analyze the behavior of rotating electrical machines, transformers, inductors, energy harvesters and wireless power transfer systems. Experimental setups and laboratory prototypes are built to validate the developed modeling tools.

The research on superconducting magnets focuses on electromagnetic, thermodynamic and mechanical modelling of the magnets in different operational and faulty scenarios, e.g., in particle accelerator applications. One of the aims is to design magnet protection strategies that ensure safe handling of the stored energy during fault situations.

Topics for the summer interns cover, e.g., 

  • modeling of electrical machines
  • design and analysis of superconducting magnets
  • programming tasks related to simulation software with MATLAB, Python and C
  • developing control systems for wind-turbine generators
  • building a test setup for measuring losses in electrical machine windings

Requirements

Minimum formal requirements are a high-school degree and a study right in a university in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or Information Technology field. We value good study records at Tampere University, or in another well-established university, and ability and high motivation for working with us in one or more of the aforementioned areas. We require capability to communicate in English while also value command of Finnish language.


We offer

The positions are fixed-term for 3-4 months and the expected starting date and the exact length of the employment will be mutually agreed by both parties. A trial period applies to all our new employees.

The salary will be based on both the job demands and the employee’s personal performance in accordance with the University Salary System. The position of Research Assistant is placed on the job demand level 1 (the demand level chart for the teaching and research staff). In addition, employees will receive performance-based salary which for Research Assistants is based on their study credits. Salary for a Research Assistant is around 2032€ – 2290€ depending on completed study credits.


 
How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system (link below). The closing date for applications is Monday February 20, 2023 (at 23.59 EET / UTC+2). Please write your application and all accompanying documents in English and attach them in PDF format.

Applications should include the following documents:

  1. Motivation letter (one page PDF)
     In your motivation letter, indicate also your preferred research/work area among the three, while you can additionally express more detailed wishes on the specific topics
  2. CV (max two pages PDF)
  3. Transcript of records (MSc students also your BSc transcript)

For more information, contact:

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Tampereen yliopisto ja Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulu muodostavat yhdessä Suomen toiseksi suurimman monitieteisen, innostavan ja vaikuttavan tutkimus- ja oppimisyhteisön. Korkeakouluyhteisömme osaamiskärjet ovat tekniikka, terveys ja yhteiskunta. Lue lisää: www.tuni.fi

Informaatioteknologian ja viestinnän tiedekunnansähkötekniikan yksikössä on haettavana useita tutkimusapulaisen (kesätyö) tehtäviä. Aiempaa tutkijakokemusta ei vaadita, mutta hakijoilta toivotaan innokasta ja tehokasta työotetta sekä halua oppia uutta. Osassa tehtävissä voi myös jatkaa tutkimusapulaisena syksyllä yhteisen sopimuksen mukaan.

Hakuohjeet

Lue tiedot tehtävistä ja hakuohjeet yllä olevasta englanninkielisestä ilmoituksesta, sekä tehtäviin liittyvistä yhteystiedoista. 

Jätäthän hakemuksesi yliopiston sähköisellä hakulomakkeella (linkki löytyy tämän ilmoituksen alta). Hakuaika tehtävään päättyy maanantaina 20.2.2023, klo 23.59.

Lisätiedot

Tarkempia lisätietoja voit tiedustella eri tutkimusalueiden yhteyshenkilöiltä, ks. englanninkielinen ilmoitus.

Application period starts: 2023-01-09 14:12Application period ends: 2023-02-20 23:59

Read the job description at the university homepage

Submit an application

Post expires on Monday February 20th, 2023

Doctoral Researcher 02 (CONVERGENCE of HUMANS and MACHINES): Human and Machine Perception of Affect in Speech / Väitöskirjatutkija: Puhutun kielen tunneilmaisujen havaitseminen ja tarkastelu koneen ja ihmisen näkökulmasta

Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences create a unique environment for multidisciplinary, inspirational and high-impact research and education. Our universities community has its competitive edges in technology, health and society. www.tuni.fi/en

CONVERGENCE of HUMANS and MACHINES project at the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences is looking for a Doctoral Researcher to work on the topic of Human and machine perception of affect in speech.

Convergence is the trailblazing doctoral field, aiming at bringing together expertise of natural sciences & engineering (ENG) and social sciences & humanities (SSH) in multidisciplinary union. As many as 16 doctoral research projects are related to the following developments: affective computing, gamification, augmented reality, cybernetics, ubiquitous connectivity, dispersed computing, AI & machine learning, and robotics & machine perception. Each student will be supervised by two leading senior faculty members (and, sometimes, a PostDoc or company/organization representative). The main supervisor and the co-supervisor are from different research fields: ENG and SSH. Check the end of the position description for the supervisory team details.

Join Convergence… And make a change!

* Convergence has 16 funded doctoral positions. The applicant may only apply for up to 3 positions within Convergence. If you are unsure if this (#02) is the correct one – please, check the website with the list of Convergence positions. Make your selection first and only apply the ones that are suitable for your background.

Project background

Convergence is a new research field that brings together academics from Social Sciences & Humanities and Technology & Engineering to train the next generation of Doctoral Expertise and address future challenges and opportunities of multidisciplinary Convergence of Humans and Machines. Convergence is funded by the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.

Convergence is based on the premise that, on the one hand, people are increasingly integrated with technology and our culture and practices are increasingly dictated by information technology. On the other hand, machines are becoming more alive, creative, and dynamic. In other words, human and machine are converging. The project has emerged from the need to redefine and renegotiate the roles of human and machine in society and from the need of cross-disciplinary collaboration understand this rising area. 

Job description

We are looking for a Doctoral Researcher at the intersection of speech technology, machine learning, phonetics and linguistics to pursue the research towards “Human and machine perception of affect in speech”.

Successful candidates will pursue a doctoral degree at Tampere University. Full-time doctoral studies are expected to be completed in four years. The position will be placed in Speech and Cognition research group (Unit of Computing Sciences) and research centre PLURAL  (Language Unit) of the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences. 

An applicant  may only apply for maximum 3 Convergence positions from this list. This position number is 02.

Short description: 

Language is not only about the linguistic content, but the feelings that talkers (and writers) express and listeners (readers) perceive are central to everyday human communication. While numerous AI solutions to emotional analysis of language exist, they usually treat emotional language as an invariant system shared by all language users and situations. In a similar manner, sentiment analysis can be conducted on written language where the emotional “tone” of the text gets evaluated based on the used vocabulary and expressions. However, it is well-known that human communication and perception of affect depends on many personal and situational factors, including speakers, listeners, speaking style and communicative context. In addition, the same linguistic content with certain word choices can be spoken in different affective tones. The goal of the present project is to address the richness of affect communication in conversational speech and gain understanding on the factors that may influence how affect is communicated and perceived by language users. 

The project will first focus on preparing a dataset of Finnish conversational speech. The data will be used as the research material for the project and as the basis for developing automatic speech emotion recognizers for conversational Finnish.  For this, already existing and potentially newly collected data will be utilized. This stage may also include utilization and/or development of semi-automated tools for identifying representative samples of affective speech from large-scale speech materials. 

The second stage of the project can focus on one or both of the following aspects: 

A)  Developing machine learning solutions for automatic analysis of affect in spoken Finnish and applying these methods to the study of affect in conversational language, paying particular focus on performance and explainability of developed system behavior. 

B) Investigating properties of affective language use from a linguistic perspective, paying particular focus to the convergence and divergence of affect expressed through language, as perceived by a listener/reader, and linguistic content with emotional loading (e.g., words such as “war” or “happiness”, and certain grammatical constructions). 

Both tracks can also investigate the nature of the acoustic-phonetic cues employed by speakers and listeners for communication and perception of affect, and how this varies across speakers. 

The research track and details of project implementation depend on the chosen candidate’s expertise and research interests, and both tracks will combine speech technology with linguistic research. Given the multidisciplinary nature of the supervisory team and involved research groups, a linguistics-oriented candidate will also be supported by researchers in speech and language technology in the application of automatic methods for speech analysis and processing. Likewise, a technology-oriented applicant will also have access to linguistic expertise to support data collection, analysis, and system development. 

Tentative Research problems/questions:

Overall, the project aims to produce:

  • new research data for the study of affect in conversational speech, 
  • new solutions for socially-competent and affect-aware AI systems, and/or 
  • new knowledge on how affect is expressed in spoken Finnish, and how these expressions vary across different individuals or speaker groups.

Requirements

The applicant needs to have a Master’s degree in speech and/or language technology, machine learning, signal processing, statistics, linguistics, psycholinguistics, phonetics, or another comparable field. A successful applicant must be fluent in Finnish and English (both spoken and written) due to the nature of the data used in the project. Applicants should also have strong motivation to pursue postgraduate studies in machine learning and/or language research. Please be prepared to provide proof of your merits when requested.

Successful candidates must be pursuing or will be accepted to study towards a doctoral degree in the Doctoral Programme of Humans and Technologies (DPHAT). Please visit the admissions webpage https://www.tuni.fi/en/study-with-us/programmes/doctoral-programmes for more information on eligibility requirements. Please, pay special attention to the language requirements.

Preferred applicant’s qualifications:

In addition, the research path with a technological emphasis requires:

  • Passion towards understanding spoken language perception and processing in humans and/or machines, including affective language.
  • Basic skills and existing experience in signal processing and machine learning.
  • Experience from speech, audio or natural language processing.
  • Strong programming skills in Python or Matlab.
  • Experience from TensorFlow or Pytorch frameworks for audio, speech, or other time-series analysis.
  • Capability to develop, implement, evaluate, and document computational algorithms (as demonstrated, e.g., via public GitHub repositories).

Research path with emphasis on linguistic aspects requires:

  • Passion towards understanding spoken language perception and processing in humans and/or machines, including affective language.
  • Strong theoretical understanding of spoken language variation (phonetic, phonological, morphological, lexical, and syntactic).
  • Experience in the analysis of spoken Finnish.
  • Basic programming skills. 
  • Experience from quantitative language research and/or use of statistical methods for data analysis are considered as an advantage on this track. 

In addition to the above criteria, candidates are evaluated based on the level of promise that they show, their previous success in studies, previous research experience, suitability of their background, their research interests and vision, as well as their motivation towards the research topic. Candidate selection will be based on a holistic assessment across all the criteria.

Tampere University is a unique, multidisciplinary and boldly forward-looking, evolving community. Our values are openness, diversity, responsibility, courage, critical thinking, erudition building, and learner-centeredness. We hope that you can embrace these values and promote them in your work.

We offer

An applicant  may only apply for maximum 3 Convergence positions from this list. This position number is 02.

The position will be filled for a fixed-term period of maximum four (4) years. The starting date is 1 September 2023 or as mutually agreed. A trial period of six (6) months applies to all our new employees.

The salary will be based on both the job requirements and the employee’s personal performance in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities. According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff, the position of a Doctoral Researcher is placed on level 2—4 of the job requirements scale. A typical baseline starting salary for Doctoral Researchers is approximately 2,500 EUR/month.

We are inviting you to be a part of a vibrant, active and truly international research community. We value interdisciplinarity, as it allows you to expand your research network and exposes you to new perspectives and ideas to solve complex research problems and pursue novel research findings. We are strongly committed to the highest level of scientific research and the provision of high-quality doctoral education. 

As a member of staff at Tampere University, you will enjoy a range of competitive benefits, such as occupational health care services, flexible work schedule, versatile research infrastructure, modern teaching facilities and a safe and inviting campus area as well as a personal fund to spend on sports and cultural activities in your free time. Please read more about working at Tampere University. You can also find more information about us and working and living Tampere by watching our video: Tampere Higher Education Community – our academic playground.  

Finland is among the most stable, free and safe countries in the world, based on prominent ratings by various agencies. Tampere is the largest inland city of Finland, and the city is counted among the major academic hubs in the Nordic countries. Tampere region is the most rapidly growing urban area in Finland and home to a vibrant knowledge-intensive entrepreneurial community. The city is an industrial powerhouse that enjoys a rich cultural scene and a reputation as a centre of Finland’s information society. Tampere is also surrounded by vivid nature with forests and lakes, providing countless opportunities for easy-to-access outdoor adventures and refreshment throughout the year. 

Read more about Finland and Tampere: 

How to apply

To address these rising challenges, Convergence is looking for 16 funded doctoral researchers. Note, the applicant may only apply for 3 positions within Convergence.

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is 15 February 2023 (23:59 EET /UTC +2). Please write your application and all the accompanying documentation in English and attach them in PDF format.

Please attach only the following documents (in PDF format) to your application: 

  • A letter of motivation and description of your research interests (max. 2 page(s)). Named “Surname_Motivation_Letter.pdf”
    • The selected applicant will have to apply and be admitted to the doctoral programme prior to the start of the work. The student needs to write a more detailed research plan at that stage.
  • Curriculum vitae according to the TENK template. Named “Surname_CV.pdf”
  • Pdf copy of your MSc and BSc degree certificates, including transcripts of all university records and their English translations (Finnish and Swedish certificates are also accepted).
    • If you do not have the certificates yet, please, include the letter from your university that provides the expected graduation date as well as your current transcript of records. Named “Surname_Degrees.pdf”
  • Certificate of language proficiency “Named “Surname_Lang.pdf”
    • The minimum English language test result requirements: Test name: minimum test result (*The previous CAE and CPE have been renamed as C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency): TOEFL iBT / TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition: 92 overall, with no section below 20; IELTS (academic) / IELTS Indicator: 6.5 overall, with no section below 5.5; PTE (academic): 62 overall, with no section below 54; C1 Advanced*: C; C2 Proficiency*: C1; Finnish National Certificate of Language Proficiency (English): Proficiency level 5
    • Exemptions to the language requirements: It is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you have completed a higher education degree in English in certain countriesIf you apply without a valid language test result, carefully examine the exemptions that your studies fulfil the requirements.
  • Either 2 Recommendation letters [preferably] OR the contact details of two referees [if the first option is not possible, and with explained reasoning], e.g., your M.Sc. supervisors / employers. Named “Surname_Recommendations.pdf”

For further information, please contact the supervisors:

Associate Professor Okko Räsänen, okko.rasanen@tuni.fi 

University Lecturer Liisa Mustanoja, liisa.mustanoja@tuni.fi 

For general question about Convergence, contact: Coordinator, Dr. Aleksandr Ometov, aleksandr.ometov@tuni.fi

For questions about the doctoral studies enrollment, check DPHAT doctoral programme contacts.

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Tampereen yliopisto ja Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulu muodostavat yhdessä Suomen toiseksi suurimman monitieteisen, innostavan ja vaikuttavan tutkimus- ja oppimisyhteisön. Korkeakouluyhteisömme osaamiskärjet ovat tekniikka, terveys ja yhteiskunta. Lue lisää: www.tuni.fi

ITC on käynnistänyt uuden monitieteisen tutkimussuunnan Ihmiset ja teknologiat -tohtoriohjelmaan (DPHAT) sijoittuvan CONVERGENCE – Ihmisen ja koneen konvergenssi -tutkimusalan puitteissa.

Maailma on täyttymässä erilaisista koneista, autonomisista ajoneuvoista, reaaliaikaisista käännöstyökaluista, puettavasta teknologiasta ja muista laitteista, joissa ihmisen ja koneen välinen raja on katoamassa. Ihmisen ja koneen konvergenssi -ohjelman päätavoitteena onkin tutkia tulevaisuutta, jossa tietoa, asiantuntemusta ja taitoja voidaan siirtää reaaliajassa ja jossa tekoälyyn perustuvat toimijat ymmärtävät ja aistivat ihmistä reagoiden tähän ennakoiden ja eettisesti. Kehitys näyttää johtavan modernin ihmisen ja koneiden yhteistoimintaan ja rinnakkaiseloon eli konvergenssiin, joka tuo mukanaan täysin uusia tutkimusongelmia.

Näiden haasteiden ratkaisemiseksi ITC-tiedekunta rekrytoi 16 palkkapaikallista väitöskirjatutkijaa. Jokaista opiskelijaa ohjaa pääohjaaja ja sivuohjaaja, jotka ovat eri aloilta (toinen yhteiskunta- ja humanistisista tieteistä ja toinen tekniikan alalta).

Luodaan uutta eri alueet yhdistävää osaamista yhdessä!

Tehtävänkuvaus

Väitöskirjatutkija (Puhutun kielen tunneilmaisujen havaitseminen ja tarkastelu koneen ja ihmisen näkökulmasta)

Projektin tarkoituksena on kehittää koneoppimismenetelmiä tunneilmaisujen automaattiseen tunnistukseen ja luokitteluun suomenkielisestä puheesta ja/tai tutkia tunneilmaisujen ilmenemistä ja käyttäytymistä puhutussa suomen kielessä. Lisäksi tarkoituksena on erityisesti tutkia puheen kuulijalle välittyvien tunneilmaisujen sekä puheen sanasisällön tunnelatauksen yhteneväisyyksiä ja eroja, sekä tutkia miten tunneilmaisujen ilmeneminen vaihtelee tilanteesta ja puhujasta riippuen. 

Kokemuksesi ja kiinnostuksesi mukaan keskityt työssäsi esimerkiksi seuraaviin aihealueisiin:

  • Kielellisen affektin tutkimukseen ja koneoppimisen menetelmäkehitykseen soveltuvan puheaineiston koostaminen.
  • Menetelmäkehitys automaattiseen affektin tunnistukseen puhutusta kielestä koneoppimisen ja signaalinkäsittelyn keinoin.
  • Puheteknologian ja/tai kielentutkimuksen näkökulmasta tehtävä suomen kielen tunneilmaisujen (sekä sanastollisten että kielen rakenteisiin kytkeytyvien) analyysi.

Tehtävä voidaan täyttää joko puhe- ja kieliteknologiaa tai kielentutkimusta painottavalla hakijaprofiililla, jolloin projektin tarkempi sisältö määräytyy tämän mukaisesti. Molemmissa tapauksissa käytettävissäsi on monitieteinen ohjaajajoukko, joka tukee poikkitieteellisen tutkimuksen tekemistä ja siinä kehittymistä väitöskirjaprojektin aikana.

Hakuohjeet ja lisätiedot 

Jätäthän hakemuksesi yliopiston sähköisellä hakulomakkeella (linkki löytyy tämän ilmoituksen alta). Katso tarkemmat ohjeet ja yhteystiedot englanninkielisestä ilmoitukselta. 

Hakuaika tehtävään päättyy 15.2.2023 klo 23.59.

Application period starts: 2022-12-30 13:00Application period ends: 2023-02-15 23:59

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Post expires on Wednesday February 15th, 2023

Doctoral Researcher 01 (CONVERGENCE of HUMANS and MACHINES): AI/Human-generated Worlds: Merging Psychophysiology and Machine Learning for Creating Virtual Realities / Väitöskirjatutkija: Tekoälyn ja ihmisen tuottamat maailmat

Doctoral Researcher 01 (CONVERGENCE of HUMANS and MACHINES): AI/Human-generated Worlds: Merging Psychophysiology and Machine Learning for Creating Virtual Realities / Väitöskirjatutkija: Tekoälyn ja ihmisen tuottamat maailmat

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Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences create a unique environment for multidisciplinary, inspirational and high-impact research and education. Our universities community has its competitive edges in technology, health and society. www.tuni.fi/en

CONVERGENCE of HUMANS and MACHINES project at the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences is looking for a Doctoral Researcher to work on the topic of AI/Human-generated worlds: Merging psychophysiology and machine learning for creating virtual realities.

Convergence is the trailblazing doctoral field, aiming at bringing together expertise of natural sciences & engineering (ENG) and social sciences & humanities (SSH) in multidisciplinary union. As many as 16 doctoral research projects are related to the following developments: affective computing, gamification, augmented reality, cybernetics, ubiquitous connectivity, dispersed computing, AI & machine learning, and robotics & machine perception. Each student will be supervised by two leading senior faculty members (and, sometimes, a PostDoc or company/organization representative). The main supervisor and the co-supervisor are from different research fields: ENG and SSH. Check the end of the position description for the supervisory team details.

Join Convergence… And make a change!

* Convergence has 16 funded doctoral positions. The applicant may only apply for up to 3 positions within Convergence. If you are unsure if this (#01) is the correct one – please, check the website with the list of Convergence positions. Make your selection first and only apply the ones that are suitable for your background.

Project background

Convergence is a new research field that brings together academics from Social Sciences & Humanities and Technology & Engineering to train the next generation of Doctoral Expertise and address future challenges and opportunities of multidisciplinary Convergence of Humans and Machines. Convergence is funded by the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.

Convergence is based on the premise that, on the one hand, people are increasingly integrated with technology and our culture and practices are increasingly dictated by information technology. On the other hand, machines are becoming more alive, creative, and dynamic. In other words, human and machine are converging. The project has emerged from the need to redefine and renegotiate the roles of human and machine in society and from the need of cross-disciplinary collaboration understand this rising area. 

Job description

We are looking for a Doctoral Researcher in the area of creative industries and machine learning to pursue a doctorate in the field of “AI/Human-generated worlds: Merging psychophysiology and machine learning for creating virtual realities”.

Successful candidates will pursue a doctoral degree at Tampere University. Full-time doctoral studies are expected to be completed in four years.

An applicant  may only apply for maximum 3 Convergence positions from this list. This position number is 01.

Short description: 

The creation of art (i.e., visual, auditory, and other multimedia content) conceived by artificial intelligence has recently peaked as a shock and a harbinger of how the future may develop what comes to human ingenuity and the alleged uniquity of human experience, aesthetic perception, and self-concept in terms of autonomy and innovative capability. This phenomenon is perhaps most comprehensively visible in the dynamic and automatic generation of 3D multimodal environments and experience through multisense VR technology. In the future, it will be possible for AI to generate, dynamically and in real-time, content that maximizes the hedonic fit to the human observer based on the measurement of psychophysiological signals, creating limitless bioadaptive experiences. It is currently feasible and realistic to anticipate that these multimodal, high-fidelity, and highly interactive and engrossing experiences will become not only possible, but a part of our everyday in various domains, from psychotherapy and education to leisure. There are several dystopian and utopian future scenarios – as well as psychological, philosophical, and technological lines of engineering and inquiry – that can be wielded to better anticipate and even shape related, possible futures, as well as to understand their consequences. These issues not only pose practical questions to the industries where AI may be replacing previously human labor. They further question human experience and the philosophical premises of what conscious innovation, autonomy, and creativity mean.

While the topic has become increasingly noticed – mostly as a curiosity of generative art – there are potential future ramifications related to how we design, experience and make sense of machine-generated content and, by consequence, human-made content, art, and experiences. They call for acute and cross-disciplinary research efforts that are literate in both machine intelligence and experience as well as human intelligence and experience. Holistic understanding of these emerging phenomena is needed for nurturing human prosperity and avoiding the dangers of future immersive AI-generated experiences becoming a modern oubliette.

Tentative Research problems/questions: 

What are the current and potential future applications of AI-generated multimodal and bioadaptive experiences and what are their implications in understanding the human condition, innovation, and creativity?

The research aims described below are to be intrinsically intertwined in informing and guiding each stage of the project. The three aims reflect 1) development and evaluation of AI systems, 2) understanding their wider socio-technological landscape, and 3) detection and explication of related implications and, consequently, frameworks or guidelines for future practitioners and researchers. 

Due research activities include:

  • Mapping relevant current and future landscapes of AI-generated immersive experiences (state-of-the-art and futures research grounded in and projected from the capabilities of cutting-edge engineering)
  • Conceiving, producing, and testing cutting-edge prototypes of AI-generated experiences (innovative demo experiences employing generative content trained on psychophysiological readings and evaluated in terms of its implications on individuals’ perception and understanding of self and creativity)
  • Outlining possibilities and pitfalls, as well as design and ethical considerations of future of AI-generated experiences

Requirements

The applicant needs to have a Master’s degree in any related social science, arts and humanities or engineering field, but preferably one related to the creative industries with a strong orientation to new technologies.  The applicant needs to have demonstrated, during the studies towards the Master’s degree or otherwise, the competence and motivation to pursue postgraduate studies. Please be prepared to provide proof of your merits when requested.

Successful candidates must be pursuing or will be accepted to study towards a doctoral degree in the Doctoral Programme of Humans and Technologies (DPHAT). Please visit the admissions webpage https://www.tuni.fi/en/study-with-us/programmes/doctoral-programmes for more information on eligibility requirements. Please, pay special attention to the language requirements.

Preferred applicant’s qualifications:

The research topics require a strong interest and relevant experience in some of the following:

  • Creative industries, performing arts
  • New media and technologies
  • Measurements and data analytics
  • Qualitative assessment
  • Design research, speculative design
  • Design and development of VR environments and AI-generated content
  • Design and implementation of multimodal interfaces

Candidates are selected based on the level of promise that they show, and this will be evaluated on the basis of their study and research interest description, their previous success in studies, and merits in writing the doctoral thesis and / or scientific publishing, as well as their background match to the research topic.

Tampere University is a unique, multidisciplinary and boldly forward-looking, evolving community. Our values are openness, diversity, responsibility, courage, critical thinking, erudition building, and learner-centeredness. We hope that you can embrace these values and promote them in your work.

We offer

An applicant  may only apply for maximum 3 Convergence positions from this list. This position number is 01.

The position will be filled for a fixed-term period of maximum four (4) years. The starting date is 1 September 2023 or as mutually agreed. A trial period of six (6) months applies to all our new employees.

The salary will be based on both the job requirements and the employee’s personal performance in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities. According to the criteria applied to teaching and research staff, the position of a Doctoral Researcher is placed on level 2—4 of the job requirements scale. A typical baseline starting salary for Doctoral Researchers is approximately 2,500 EUR/month.

We are inviting you to be a part of a vibrant, active and truly international research community. We value interdisciplinarity, as it allows you to expand your research network and exposes you to new perspectives and ideas to solve complex research problems and pursue novel research findings. We are strongly committed to the highest level of scientific research and the provision of high-quality doctoral education. 

As a member of staff at Tampere University, you will enjoy a range of competitive benefits, such as occupational health care services, flexible work schedule, versatile research infrastructure, modern teaching facilities and a safe and inviting campus area as well as a personal fund to spend on sports and cultural activities in your free time. Please read more about working at Tampere University. You can also find more information about us and working and living Tampere by watching our video: Tampere Higher Education Community – our academic playground.  

Finland is among the most stable, free and safe countries in the world, based on prominent ratings by various agencies. Tampere is the largest inland city of Finland, and the city is counted among the major academic hubs in the Nordic countries. Tampere region is the most rapidly growing urban area in Finland and home to a vibrant knowledge-intensive entrepreneurial community. The city is an industrial powerhouse that enjoys a rich cultural scene and a reputation as a centre of Finland’s information society. Tampere is also surrounded by vivid nature with forests and lakes, providing countless opportunities for easy-to-access outdoor adventures and refreshment throughout the year. 

Read more about Finland and Tampere: 

How to apply

To address these rising challenges, Convergence is looking for 16 funded doctoral researchers. Note, the applicant may only apply for 3 positions within Convergence.

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is 15 February 2023 (23:59 EET /UTC +2). Please write your application and all the accompanying documentation in English and attach them in PDF format.

Please attach only the following documents (in PDF format) to your application: 

  • A letter of motivation and description of your research interests (max. 2 page(s)). Named “Surname_Motivation_Letter.pdf”
    • The selected applicant will have to apply and be admitted to the doctoral programme prior to the start of the work. The student needs to write a more detailed research plan at that stage.
  • Curriculum vitae according to the TENK template. Named “Surname_CV.pdf”
  • Pdf copy of your MSc and BSc degree certificates, including transcripts of all university records and their English translations (Finnish and Swedish certificates are also accepted).
    • If you do not have the certificates yet, please, include the letter from your university that provides the expected graduation date as well as your current transcript of records. Named “Surname_Degrees.pdf”
  • Certificate of language proficiency “Named “Surname_Lang.pdf”
    • The minimum English language test result requirements: Test name: minimum test result (*The previous CAE and CPE have been renamed as C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency): TOEFL iBT / TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition: 92 overall, with no section below 20; IELTS (academic) / IELTS Indicator: 6.5 overall, with no section below 5.5; PTE (academic): 62 overall, with no section below 54; C1 Advanced*: C; C2 Proficiency*: C1; Finnish National Certificate of Language Proficiency (English): Proficiency level 5
    • Exemptions to the language requirements: It is possible to be exempted from submitting a language test score if you have completed a higher education degree in English in certain countriesIf you apply without a valid language test result, carefully examine the exemptions that your studies fulfil the requirements.
  • Either 2 Recommendation letters [preferably] OR the contact details of two referees [if the first option is not possible, and with explained reasoning], e.g., your M.Sc. supervisors / employers. Named “Surname_Recommendations.pdf”

For further information, please contact the supervisors:

University Lecturer Riku Roihankorpi, riku.roihankorpi@tuni.fi

Professor Moncef Gabbouj, moncef.gabbouj@tuni.fi

Professor Juho Hamari, juho.hamari@tuni.fi

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Mila Bujić, mila.bujic@tuni.fi

For general question about Convergence, contact: Coordinator, Dr. Aleksandr Ometov, aleksandr.ometov@tuni.fi

For questions about the doctoral studies enrollment, check DPHAT doctoral programme contacts.

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Tampereen yliopisto ja Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulu muodostavat yhdessä Suomen toiseksi suurimman monitieteisen, innostavan ja vaikuttavan tutkimus- ja oppimisyhteisön. Korkeakouluyhteisömme osaamiskärjet ovat tekniikka, terveys ja yhteiskunta. Lue lisää: www.tuni.fi

ITC on käynnistänyt uuden monitieteisen tutkimussuunnan Ihmiset ja teknologiat -tohtoriohjelmaan (DPHAT) sijoittuvan CONVERGENCE – Ihmisen ja koneen konvergenssi -tutkimusalan puitteissa.

Maailma on täyttymässä erilaisista koneista, autonomisista ajoneuvoista, reaaliaikaisista käännöstyökaluista, puettavasta teknologiasta ja muista laitteista, joissa ihmisen ja koneen välinen raja on katoamassa. Ihmisen ja koneen konvergenssi -ohjelman päätavoitteena onkin tutkia tulevaisuutta, jossa tietoa, asiantuntemusta ja taitoja voidaan siirtää reaaliajassa ja jossa tekoälyyn perustuvat toimijat ymmärtävät ja aistivat ihmistä reagoiden tähän ennakoiden ja eettisesti. Kehitys näyttää johtavan modernin ihmisen ja koneiden yhteistoimintaan ja rinnakkaiseloon eli konvergenssiin, joka tuo mukanaan täysin uusia tutkimusongelmia.

Näiden haasteiden ratkaisemiseksi ITC-tiedekunta rekrytoi 16 palkkapaikallista väitöskirjatutkijaa. Jokaista opiskelijaa ohjaa pääohjaaja ja sivuohjaaja, jotka ovat eri aloilta (toinen yhteiskunta- ja humanistisista tieteistä ja toinen tekniikan alalta).

Luodaan uutta eri alueet yhdistävää osaamista yhdessä!

Tehtävänkuvaus

Väitöskirjatutkija (Tekoälyn ja ihmisen tuottamat maailmat: psykofysiologia ja koneoppiminen virtuaalitodellisuuksien luomisessa)

Kokemuksesi ja kiinnostuksesi mukaan keskityt työssäsi esimerkiksi seuraaviin aihealueisiin:

  • Tekoälymenetelmien sosioteknologisen taustan ja potentiaalin tuntemus ja ymmärtäminen sekä niiden kehittäminen ja määrittäminen
  • Tutkimushavaintojen tuottaminen luovaa tekoälyä ammatillisesti ja/tai tutkimuksellisesti soveltavien tahojen työn kehystämiseksi sekä suuntaamiseksi 

Edellä mainittu tutkimustyö voi pitää sisällään

  • Tekoälyn tuottamien immersiivisten kokemusten nykytilaa ja tulevaisuutta koskevien näkemysten ja teknologisten ratkaisujen kartoitusta 
  • Tekoälyyn pohjaavien kokemusympäristöjen prototyyppien kehittämistä, tuottamista ja testausta (esim. generatiiviset ja psykofysiologisiin vasteisiin nojaavaa sisältöä hyödyntävät ratkaisut havaintokykyä, minuutta, tekijyyttä ja luovuutta koskien)  
  • Yllä kuvattuun liittyvien mahdollisuuksien ja riskien hahmottamista ja määrittämistä sekä tekoälyn tulevaisuudessa tuottamiin kokemuksiin liittyvien suunnittelu- ja eettisten kysymysten pohdintaa 

Hakuohjeet ja lisätiedot 

Jätäthän hakemuksesi yliopiston sähköisellä hakulomakkeella (linkki löytyy tämän ilmoituksen alta). Katso tarkemmat ohjeet ja yhteystiedot englanninkielisestä ilmoitukselta. 

Hakuaika tehtävään päättyy 15.2.2023 klo 23.59.

Application period starts: 2022-12-30 13:00Application period ends: 2023-02-15 23:59

Read the job description at the university homepage

Submit an application

Post expires on Wednesday February 15th, 2023