Doctoral Researcher, Machine Learning for Brain Imaging

University of Kuopio
December 07, 2022
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The University of Eastern Finland is inviting applications for a Doctoral Researcher position on the Kuopio Campus. The position will be filled for a term of 1 January 2023 (or as agreed) to 31 August 2026. Please find more information below and submit your application no later than 7 December 2022.

Role and salary

As our new Doctoral Researcher (PhD student) in Machine Learning for Brain Imaging, you will be working in the A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences at the Faculty of Health. The position is located in Kuopio, Finland.

As our new Doctoral Researcher in Machine Learning in Brain Imaging, you will be conducting research leading to a PhD thesis in The Academy of Finland- funded research project PRIMAL: Robust Framework for PRedictive IMage AnaLysis of Brain Change.

The Academy of Finland-funded research project “PRIMAL” aims to develop ML methods to facilitate the prediction of brain changes and to combine information about predicted brain changes to information about risk-factors and cognitive assessments for personalised decision-making concerning brain diseases, such as dementia. Your role would be to develop supervised learning algorithms to predict brain changes. The project has several national and international collaborators and research visits are expected to take place. The algorithm development is to be carried out using large databases of longitudinal brain MRI data (such as ADNI), which already exist and have been pre-processed at the site of research. The developed algorithms will then be applied to datasets available through collaboration. You will have access to outstanding computational resources, including national supercomputing facilities, for this project. You will be also part of the Neuroscience Research Community of University of Eastern Finland, which ranks highly in international rankings and incorporates developments in computational data analysis as an integral part of its strategy.

A person to be appointed as a Doctoral Researcher shall be qualified to pursue postgraduate studies, i.e., he or she is required to have completed or is currently completing a suitable higher university degree or an equivalent education abroad, which in the country in question would qualify the person for similar academic studies (UEF University Regulations, Section 31). Examples of suitable higher university degrees for the candidate are master's in physics, engineering, or applied mathematics.

English will be used as the language of instruction and supervision in this position.

The position will be filled for a term from 1 January 2023 (or as agreed) to 31 August 2026. The position will be filled for a fixed term due to it pertaining to a specific project. 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. The salary comprises two components: a job requirement component and a personal performance component. In this position, the job requirement level used to determine the job-related salary element is 2–4, and the personal performance salary element is 6–50% of the job-related salary element. Depending on the job requirement component and the personal performance component, the salary will be approximately 2,448 – 3,052 €/month at the beginning of the employment relationship.

Our requirements and expectations


  • The person to be appointed to the position shall hold a suitable higher university degree, e.g. master's in physics, engineering, applied mathematics, or computer science. Candidates who are currently completing or have recently completed a higher university degree are invited to apply.
  • excellent skills in oral and written English
  • verifiable skills in machine learning
  • Expectations

  • Strong programming skills (e.g., Python, Matlab, C),
  • Background in physics, engineering, applied mathematics, or computer science
  • Previous experience in brain imaging or neuroscience is beneficial, but not mandatory.
  • Willingness to work in an interdisciplinary environment
  • 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 sport 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.

    Enjoy your life in Finland! Known for its cleanliness, welfare know-how, modern technology and superb education system, Finland is an exotic and safe country to work in. Please visit the Life in Finland section on our website to learn more.

    How to apply?

    Submit your application by using our electronic application form no later than 7.12.2022 (by 24.00 hours Finnish time).

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

  • CV or resumé (https:// www. vitae)
  • List of publications (List of publications - Academy of Finland (
  • Doctoral degree certificate
  • motivation letter for this position (max 1 page)
  • Questions?

    For further information on the position, please contact Professor Jussi Tohka, +358 29 4454066,

    For further information on the application procedure, please contact HR- secretary Tarja Salmi, +358 29 445 8220,

    University of Eastern Finland and the Faculty of Health Sciences in brief

    The University of Eastern Finland, UEF, is one of the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We have a staff of 3,200 members, and our academic community comprises around 16,000 degree students. Our campuses are located in Joensuu and in Kuopio. Our research is ranked among the best in the world in several fields. We generate research-based knowledge and make it openly accessible for the benefit of all. To learn more about our university please visit our website at www. On our website, you'll also find information about the university as a work community and as an employer (https: // www., as well as our employees' career stories (https: // www.

    The Faculty of Health Sciences operates at the Kuopio Campus of the University of Eastern Finland. The Faculty is research-intensive, and its internationally recognised research activities are closely linked to the strategic research areas of the University. There are approximately 3 090 degree students and about 580 PhD students in the Faculty. The faculty has 800 staff members. https:// www.

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