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Doctoral Researcher in Software Engineering

The universities of Helsinki and Tampere, together with the Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation and participating companies, run a joint DSII Scale-up Pilot project, which offers positions for doctoral researchers working in close cooperation with industry.

Of the eight researchers who will be selected for the program, half will be located at the University of Helsinki and half at Tampere University, but both universities participate in the guidance of selected doctoral students. This enables a unique opportunity for diverse and complementary research from theory to applications in a highly motivated, cross-disciplinary environment, while focusing on research questions that are directly relevant to industry and business.

The partner company for this position is Danfoss Drives, which is a global leader in AC/DC and DC/DC power conversion and variable speed control for electric motors. At Danfoss Drives, more than 4,700 experts work towards one goal: to drive the world with the world’s largest portfolio of power converters, VLT® drives, and VACON® drives.  

The employer for this position is University of Helsinki.

Job description

The purpose of the job is to create new knowledge for academia and industry in software engineering within the application domain of retrofitting software-intensive products using Design Science as the methodological approach. The goals are:

  1. Methods and approach to model the behaviour of a current product for automatic generation (i.e., retrofit) towards the best-fitting configuration of a new product.

  2. Designing novel methods for programming or configuring products to meet retrofitting expectations.

  3. Evaluation of the constructed solutions by prototyping or other means in the context of authentic products.

As a doctoral researcher, you will conduct research and contribute to developing new methods for automatically retrofitting products using software solutions. You will work with the behavioural models of existing products. Part of the product’s functionality change can be programmed, but other aspects may need to be experimented with using AI/ML.


The cloud testing environment potentially allows using machine learning methods for searching for a good fit of the new product configuration to match the behaviour of an existing product. The results will be disseminated in scientific peer-reviewed journals, international conferences, doctoral network events and events with industry.

The results will be disseminated in scientific peer-reviewed journals, international conferences, doctoral network events and events with industry.

At the universities, the work will be supervised by professors Tomi Männistö (University of Helsinki) and Kari Systä (Tampere University). You will also be supported by practitioners in the steering group, including company representatives. You may also be supported by a steering group assembled for this purpose.

By participating in DSII events, excursions and meetings with your fellow doctoral students and the DSII team, you will both get and provide peer support and make your own contribution to the development of DSII.

DSII Scale-up Project requires the doctoral researcher to be ready to work on the campuses of both universities and also on the premises of the partner company when necessary.


You need an applicable master’s degree in software engineering or a related discipline. The candidate should have excellent knowledge in one or several of the following fields:

  1. Quality assurance of software-intensive systems.

  2. Modelling physical and logical system behaviour with digital twins.

  3. Architecting AI/ML as a part of a software-intensive system.

You need to have an inquiring mind and the ability to think independently while also being able to work in a team and be an active member of the DSII community.

A good command of English, both in writing and in oral presentations, is required.

How to apply & more info

The position will be filled for a fixed-term period of four years, starting in fall 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.

APPLY and find a more detailed description of the position, salary, and other terms of employment and working conditions on the University of Helsinki.

For further information, please contact:

Prof. Tomi Männistö, tomi.mannisto(at)

Prof. Kari Systä, kari.systa(at)

If you have questions related to the recruitment system, please contact

Head of HR Hanna

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