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(Senior) Research Scientist, Wireless network technologies (Oulu)

Published date a week ago
Posted: a week ago
Company Elisa
Company: Elisa
End date April 7, 2024
Due date: April 7, 2024
Location Oulu
Location: Oulu

We are looking for a (Senior) Research Scientist who will be working in an exciting, shared role between industry and academia - simultaneously employed by Elisa Corporation and University of Oulu.

Elisa Corporation, Networks Department

Networks Department at Elisa is responsible for developing, designing, building, and maintaining Elisa's fixed and mobile access networks. Our goal is to provide our customers with the best possible value and user experience, with a modern, cost-efficient network technology platform that enables a variety of business innovations.

University of Oulu, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, CWC - Radio Technologies

The University of Oulu is one of the biggest and most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We offer you an international and inspiring working environment where you are given responsibility and can use your skills, develop yourself and do work that matters. The University of Oulu is ranked in the top 3% of the world´s universities. The Center for Wireless Communications (CWC) is recognized as one of the world's leading research centers in wireless technologies. CWC features the 6G Flagship program, the world's first major 6G research programme running from 2018 to 2028.

Description of the position

We are looking for a Research Scientist to conduct (technology) research and perform independent and collaborative 6G-related research on wireless networks and networking technologies with teams from both Elisa and the University of Oulu. Co-managing and contributing to existing 6G research projects in collaboration with Elisa’s business units, as well as with various partners and academic institutes, will be part of your duties. Additionally, you will co-supervise doctoral researchers and students in the field of research. Your responsibilities may also include teaching some courses in the field, based on mutual agreement and your own interests, as well as the needs of the curriculum. Similarly, you are expected to assist in preparing research projects and grant proposals and acquire competitive research funding.

The exact research area(s) will be defined based on the strengths and interests of the candidate, but the work is expected to integrate physical layer and higher layer networking considerations to enable the use of multipoint transmission and reception technologies (distributed MIMO, cell-free massive MIMO) within the general framework of 6G radio access networks. This would include topics such as assessing requirements for synchronization, the impacts on the radio access network architecture, integration of sub-6GHz with higher frequencies, and applications of different machine learning technologies in 6G access networks.

What do we expect from you in order to succeed?

  • PhD (or Dr. Sc.) degree, preferably from the area of wireless communications and networks, but degrees in other disciplines can be considered as well
  • Solid research mentality and skills with an attitude of producing concrete results
  • Strong background and understanding of physical layer, and experience or knowledge of radio resource management (RRM) functions in wireless communication networks
  • Experience with wireless technologies and network development analysis including analytical, simulations, lab testing and/or field measurements
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is mandatory to support you in collaboration and discussions with various stakeholders

The position is based in Oulu and would require some travelling to Elisa headquarters in Helsinki. Travelling cost is fully covered by Elisa.

What's in it for you?

You will receive offers by Elisa and by University of Oulu.

Elisa offers you an exciting visibility to the mobile network operator world with an extensive set of employee benefits. You will get to work with an extremely professional team and have the opportunity to learn in a wide matrix organization. You'll have the chance to develop your own skills in a flexible and energetic work atmosphere with nice, humble, and experienced colleagues. You will have caring leaders, the opportunity to learn, modern tools and a flexible work culture. Your work will be challenging and interesting! Elisa is by proof one of the best places to work in Finland, and we can't wait for you to join us! Check out more reasons to join us!

University of Oulu provides:

  • The support of an experienced and enthusiastic team of more than 30 people in the Communications Signal Processing (CSP) research group within CWC and also the whole CWC with 200 persons.
  • Wellness benefit ePassi covering sport, culture, and well-being.
  • Work that matters and a workplace that promotes flexibility and work-life balance.
  • Our Buddy Programme and Spouse Network support you and close ones in settling into Oulu.
  • Finland is one of the most livable countries in the world, with a high quality of life, safety, an excellent education system, and a competitive economy. Read more about living in Oulu.


The position is fixed-term for 3 years and starts as soon as possible or upon mutual agreement.

With University of Oulu the salary will be based on levels 05-06 of the requirement level chart for teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (a maximum of 50 % of the job-specific component). With Elisa, the salary with be competitive aligned with candidate’s experience, plus up to 10% bonus for good performance. A trial period of 6 months is applied for the position.

Got interested? Great! Leave an application as soon as possible and we will get in touch with you! For questions or further discussion, don't hesitate to get in touch with Jarno Niemelä (jarno.niemela(a)

The chosen candidate will undergo drug test and a security clearance vetting, which in turn requires having stayed in Finland for multiple years.