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Doctoral Researcher (wireless navigation) / Väitöskirjatutkija (langaton navigointi)

Published date 2 weeks ago
Posted: 2 weeks ago
Company Tampere University
Company: Tampere University
End date April 23, 2024
Due date: April 23, 2024
Location Tampere
Location: Tampere

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The Electrical Engineering unit at the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences in the Tampere University invites applications for a Doctoral Researcher position in the field of satellite-based positioning (The Signal Processing for Wireless Positioning -research group).

Job description    

The Doctoral Research will participate in the activities related to wireless satellite positioning in a transnational research project and will enroll as a PhD student at Tampere University in the Electrical Engineering Unit of the Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences. The research work will focus on enhancing GNSS receiver security and robustness through AI and machine learning techniques, for example by implementing AI/ML techniques for RF fingerprinting with satellite navigation signals and studying collaborative positioning methods for threat localization.  The research work is more focused on GNSS receivers than AI/ML and therefore prior knowledge about digital signal processing, wireless communications or GNSS is essential. The researcher will participate in all the PhD-related activities (attending lectures and writing publications) required for a PhD thesis and will also participate in writing deliverables (about once/year), in regular project meetings with the steering committee and in various project-related workshops. Two months secondment to our US partner are also part of the project, therefore the applicants must be willing to travel to US and are expected to have no restrictions to travel.  Publications are very important during the project duration. The researcher will be provided with supervision in a team with deep expertise on satellite-based wireless positioning. 


We require:

  • Applicants should hold a master’s degree in a relevant field of study at the time of the application, such as electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, etc. The successful candidate needs to apply for and be granted a study right for a doctoral degree in the doctoral program of the discipline at Tampere University. Please visit the admissions webpage for more information on eligibility requirements. 
  • The applicant must have strong skills in Matlab or Python -based programming and must be willing to expand their Matlab skills
  • Prior knowledge about GNSS or digital signal processing is a must; additional knowledge about wireless communications and machine learning is desirable. 
  • Additional skills that are highly appreciated in this position are the willingness to work hard and to learn more about the fascinating research field of satellite positioning, ability to work both independently and in a team and interest in a research career.
  • Tampere University is a unique, multidisciplinary and boldly forward-looking, evolving community. Our values are openness, diversity, responsibility, courage, critical thinking, erudition, and learner-centredness. We hope that you can embrace these values and promote them in your work.

We appreciate:

  • Certificate of English language proficiency or other means to prove your English language proficiency. 

We offer

The position will be filled for two years with the exception that the end date can't be later than 30.4.2026. Desired start date is May 2024 but it can be mutually agreed.  A six (6) month trial period applies to all new employees.

The salary will be based on both the job requirements 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 a doctoral researcher is placed on level 2-4 of the job requirements scale. A typical starting salary for a doctoral researcher is approx. 2700€/month. A higher salary may be agreed upon based on the successful candidate’s experience and the progress of his or her doctoral studies.  

  We offer you the opportunity to join our dynamic and innovative international community. As a member of staff at Tampere University, you will enjoy a range of competitive benefits, such as a flexible work schedule, good facilities for teleworking, occupational healthcare services, a variety of affordable food and drink outlets across our campuses and 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

Tampere, located between two big lakes, is Finland’s second largest city area and the biggest inland city in the Nordic countries. The nature is close everywhere you turn your head in Tampere. This together with a strong tradition in industry make Tampere a unique environment for living and working. At present the region hosts a great deal of industry and service businesses, and the City of Tampere is a major hub for the Finnish ICT industry. For more information on Tampere, please check VisitTampere, Welcome to Tampere and International House Tampere.

Finland provides one of the most advanced and comprehensive social security in the world. It includes for example sickness benefits, various family benefits and a comprehensive healthcare system. For more information on Finland, please check InfoFinland and This is Finland.

How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system (link below). The closing date for applications has been extended till April 23, 2024 at 23.59 EEST (UTC+3).

  • Please write your application and all accompanying documents (listed below) in English.
  • Please attach them to your application form in the order mentioned below combined as only one (1) PDF file named LastnameFirstname.pdf. Please note that other kinds of file formats will not be considered. If you are unable to combine everything in a single pdf file, please add also an explanation why this was not possible.
  • Please use Times New Roman 12pt font or a similar easy-to-read font for all documents. 

1. Cover letter

Maximum length four (4) pages, in *pdf format, in which you present your rationale for applying for the post, what is your motivation in pursuing a research career, what are two important research questions in the field of GNSS security and robustness and what methods could be solved to address them and why you are particularly suited for this position.

2. Curriculum Vitae 

Maximum length two (2) pages, in *pdf format. 

Examples of what to include: 

  1. Personal details and the date of the CV
  2. Degrees (including all degrees you may have as well as their date month/year) 
  3. Other education and expertise
  4. Language skills
  5. Previous work experience
  6. Research output (list of publications, patents, etc.) – if any
  7. Other key academic and non-academic merits
  8. Matlab and Python software skills (with own evaluation regarding the level in them, from low to excellent) – add links to open-source code of your own if you have any such codes available on Github or other repositories

3. Diplomas and supplements

  1. Bachelor’s and master’s degree and other any relevant diplomas in original language. If original language is other than Finnish, Swedish or English, please provide an official translation in one of those languages.
  2. Transcripts of records for bachelor’s and master’s and other programmes you completed in original language. If original language is other than Finnish, Swedish or English, please provide an official translation in one of those languages. 
  3. We appreciate certificate of English language proficiency or other means to prove your English language proficiency.

Please follow the above instructions carefully. Incomplete or non-compliant applications will not be accepted for evaluation.  Please upload all documents in *pdf format, strongly preferably to merge everything in a single *pdf document. The applications with *doc* or other non-pdf attachments will be not considered.                                                     

More Information

  • Contact: Professor Elena Simona Lohan,


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