Vacancy: Doctoral student position: e-Research in LTER

The Department of Information Processing Science, University of Oulu, Finland has a vacant position for a doctoral student in a project that studies e-Research collaboration and e-Infrastructure development in the FinLTSER Network.

One doctoral student to start work on September 1, 2010 (or as soon as possible after). The post will be filled until July 31 2012 (with a possibility of a two year extension, i.e. until July 31 2014).

The doctoral student will participate in a research project that addresses e-research collaboration and e-infrastructure development from a socio-technical point of view. The research is funded by Academy of Finland and led by Academy Research Fellow Helena Karasti.

Recent innovations in the technological support for scientific collaboration are envisioned to transform the conduct of research. Initial experiences of actual e-Research undertakings reveal emergent, socio-technical complexities as well as novel challenges for all stakeholders, including funding agencies, technology developers, domain researchers and data scientists. Data-rich scientific collaboration is one of the heartlands of e-Research because data in digital form open appealing possibilities for large-scale collaborative research endeavors. This, however, presents also new concerns for data sharing and reuse, data curation and stewardship, research information management, information infrastructure, and e-Infrastructure development. The project is empirically involved with the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program that attempts to render the e-Research vision feasible in the actual contexts of its more than 40 national networks (ILTER,, including the Finnish Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research (FinLTSER) network (

Applicants may have a variety of interests in the topic area, including but not limited to digital preservation and curation, sharing and reuse of scientific data, scientific information management, collaborative work in research networks, scientific collaboration, large-scale infrastructures, collaborative infrastructure building (‘infrastructuring’), Research 2.0/3.0, open research movements, such as open access, open data, open source, open standards. A successful applicant is likely to be interested in some of the following fields of research: Information Systems, Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, Social Informatics, Workplace Studies, Participatory Design, Action Research, Information Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Infrastructure Studies, EcoInformatics, Environmental Informatics. A successful candidate should hold a suitable M.Sc. degree. It is required that the applicant will apply for a doctoral student status in the Department of Information Processing Science, University of Oulu, Finland.

The duties of the doctoral student consist mainly of full-time academic research required for doctoral degree. They may also include some research administration and research assisting, which enhance development in the researcher career.

The salary for the post will be based on levels 1-4 of the demand level chart for university-level teaching and research staff of the government pay system for Finnish universities, the job-specific component of the salary thus being EUR 1643,42 to 2241,68 per month. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 46,3 % of the job-specific component).

Applications should be written in English. An application should present the applicant’s reasons for applying for the post (a motivation statement). In addition, applications should include the following appendices:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A transcript of studies
  • 2-3 publications (if the applicant has already published scholarly papers)
  • Other documentation that the applicant considers relevant


Applications should be sent to University of Oulu, Kirjaamo/Office of Registrar, PO Box 8000, FI-90140 University of Oulu, FINLAND by August 24 2010 before 4:15 p.m. Note that application documents will not be returned.

In the application process, priority will be given to applicants who have good research potential. Interviews may be organized with selected applicants.

More information is available at or by contacting Helena Karasti, email: helena.karasti[at]

An official call for the doctoral student post will appear at at the beginning of August 2010.