Researcher in Information Technology
University of Jyväskylä Faculty of Information Technology
Finland

Project Researcher / Post-Doctoral Researcher

Would you like to be a part of a team that create international business from research and be part of deep tech startup?

We are now looking for a

PROJECT RESEARCHER / POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER

starting 1st September 2022 until the end of August 2024

to join a team of research experts with pool of mentors for a case at the Faculty of Information Technology.

The SAFE Project will start 1st September 2022, and run for two years, in which we will aim for commercialization of the SAFE Solution as new business for an eventual startup.

The SAFE Project is a Business Finland funded project that aims to develop an authentication solution (the SAFE Solution) and prepare it for commercialization.

The SAFE Solution could potentially replace the current authentication mechanisms (inc. passwords). It is a unique innovation, developed from expert knowledge of the human memory, the user interaction with technology, and cyber security. The solution would support all digital services; that meets the needs of the cyber security industry, while considering the needs of users. We envision the solution not just as an application for security-conscious users, but see the solution being used globally by all users, giving access to all systems and services. It has the potential to change the authentication process for all, and finally making the frustrations with passwords a thing of the past.

Your tasks

You will undertake applied research that will contribute to the functional architecture of the SAFE Solution and translate it into a technical architecture to produce a mockup of the solution. You will work with our partners and subcontractors in testing the mockup of the solution. You will actively work and negotiate with our industry partners and subcontractors to ensure the projects and work are achieved.

This position can be tailorized to suit your interests. The position can be either full-time or part-time depending on your skills and role.

Requirements of the position

We are looking for someone who will commit to this project for two years and will be interested in potentially creating a startup with our team after the project has finished.

You will have:

-        Master’s degree (Project Researcher) or Doctoral degree (Post-doctoral Researcher)

-        Industry experience

-        IT/software project management and/or R&D and solution development experience

-        Knowledge/experience/interest of cyber security/authentication

-        Fluency in English language, and preferably Finnish language

-        Ability to work with people from different backgrounds

-        Excellent teamwork, negotiation and communications skills

What We Offer

We offer a meaningful job where you can contribute to an innovation that could change authentication globally. You will get the support of the research team, mentors, University of Jyväskylä Research and Innovation Services, JYU Startup Lab, and the active JYU community. After the project, there is a possibility that you could become part of the new deep tech startup as a CTO.

At the University of Jyväskylä you are a recognized member of our community with a unique opportunity to influence international research. You get to participate in our international and multi-science community where the welfare of everyone is important. At Jyväskylä we offer a great and lively campus area with opportunities to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.

Finland has a high standard of living, with free schooling (also in English), affordable childcare, good family benefits, and healthcare. Jyväskylä is located in central Finland in the Finnish lakeland, and has excellent opportunities for different nature, outdoor, and sports activities. The city of Jyväskylä is a major educational center and the city has a large student population. As such there is a vibrant cultural scene in the city. To find useful information about the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä and living in Finland, see the University's International Staff Guide.

The monthly salary for a Project Researcher will be approximately 2500-2700 EUR (gross income) based on the qualification. The monthly salary range for a Post-doctoral Researcher will be approximately 3500 - 3700 EUR (gross income) based on the qualification.

A trial period maximum six months will be used in the beginning of the employment.

How to apply

Please attach the following documents to your online application:

  • Letter of motivation (an account of your motivation to join our project and your merits and activities of significance to the position)
  • CV
  • Full transcript of studies related to your Master’s / Doctoral degree 

The call is open until 7th August 2022, but we will start reviewing immediately. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

For more information

For more information, please contact Assistant Professor Naomi Woods: naomi.woods@jyu.fi or +358 40 805 4417.

More information about the project: https://www.jyu.fi/it/en/research/research-projects/business-finland/safe

More information about Business Finland Research to Business funding:
https://www.businessfinland.fi/en/for-finnish-customers/services/funding/cooperation-between-companies-and-research-organizations/research-to-business/

Get to know the University of Jyväskylä and the Faculty of Information Technology

At the University of Jyväskylä, everyone can find their place in the human-centered environment of 2,600 experts and 14,700 students. Our goal is to create wisdom and well-being for us all. It is essential that each member of the community thrives and has opportunities to develop and grow. We cherish openness of thinking as well as the balance between research and education. Our naturally beautiful campus is located at the heart of the city of Jyväskylä. JYU is the third-largest employer in Central Finland.

The Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Jyväskylä is the first and largest in its field in Finland. The mission of the Faculty is to create a science-based digital future. In research, education, and stakeholder collaboration, the Faculty combines comprehensively the viewpoints of technology, information, organizations, business, and people.

The faculty is located on the scenic Mattilanniemi campus by the lake. You can find more information about the faculty's activities on our website. Please take a special look at our research activities and curricula.


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