Doctoral Researcher, INNOCAP Project

Helsinki, Finland
15 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
07 Dec 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

INNOCAP (Building public sector innovation capacity towards digital-driven NPA communities) is an EU’s NPA (Norther Periphery and Arctic) funded transnational research and development project. INNOCAP has eight partners from Ireland, Iceland, Sweden, and Finland. The overall objective is to provide enhanced quality and sustainable public services by enabling public sector organisations to lead the adoption of digital technologies. A key output will be a capacity building programme that prepares public sector organisations from three NPA geographical zones to pilot and further adopt four novel public services in the areas of climate change action, environmental management, or the digital and green transition.

Ruralia Institute invites applications for a Doctoral Researcher in Spatial Modelling of the Twin Transition (Digital and Green) starting from January 2023, or as agreed. The doctoral researcher will be offered up to 3-year fully funded contract.

Position description

The doctoral researcher will focus on 1) mapping potential spatial and GIS-based tools and 2) identifying open spatial data sets usable in describing the potential of twin transition in the NPA regions. The work includes 3) piloting an easy-to-use solution that builds regional knowledge and public sector capabilities to advance the twin transition. The piloting starts in the South-Savo region in Finland and will be later extended to cover other NPA areas.

Overall, the doctoral researcher is encouraged to pursue their own vision in spatial modelling and conducting doctoral studies leading to a completed PhD thesis at the University of Helsinki. The detailed focus of the PhD project will be designed in collaboration to serve the objectives of the INNOCAP project and interests of the candidate. The doctoral researcher is invited to participate other research projects from the perspective of their expertise.

All doctoral researchers are affiliated to a doctoral programme in the University of Helsinki. For more information about our doctoral programmes and the requirements for conducting a doctoral degree, please visit:

Requirements and eligibility criteria

The doctoral researcher should have an M.Sc. degree in geography, geoinformatics or other relevant social science field. We appreciate teamwork skills, open-mindedness, scientific curiosity, and interdisciplinary orientation. The doctoral researcher should have advanced skills in spatial analysis, GIS, and statistical analysis. Capability of synthesising scientific information and producing scientific text is considered as an advantage. Good oral and written communication skills in English will help in carrying out the international research collaboration successfully (Finnish language skill is considered as an advantage).

Salary and benefits

The starting salary of the doctoral researcher will be ca. 2400-2800 EUR/month, depending on the appointees’ qualifications and experience. A six-month trial period will be applied during which the candidate is expected to apply to a doctoral programme at the University of Helsinki.

The workplace is primarily at the Ruralia Institute at the City of Mikkeli (a possibility for hybrid or remote work).

The University of Helsinki offers comprehensive services to its employees, including occupational health care and health insurance, sports facilities, and opportunities for professional development. The university ( assists employees from abroad with their transition to work and life in Finland.

How to apply

Applicants are requested to enclose with their application the following documents in English. Please compile all documents into a single PDF file.

  1. A cover letter explaining the applicant’s motivation for the research work and preliminary thoughts about potential research topics and interests (e.g., research task, approach, research materials and methods, up to 2 pages).
  2. Curriculum vitae (CV) showing the applicant's education, completed qualifications, methodological skills, work experience, list of publications and contact information of 2 persons for references (up to 3 pages).
  3. Copies of Master's and Bachelor's degree certificates and official transcripts of the records, and their translations, if the originals are not in Finnish, Swedish or English.
  4. A proof of proficiency in Finnish, Swedish or English, if the applicant is not a native speaker or educated in any of them.

Deadline for applications is 7.12.2022 at 23:59 EEST.

External applicants, please submit your application using the University of Helsinki Recruitment System via the Apply Now (Hae nyt) button.

Applicants who have a username and a valid employment contract, a grant researcher's contract or a visiting researcher's contract at the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application by using the Employee login (Työntekijän kirjautuminen).

The University of Helsinki welcomes applicants from a variety of gender identities, and linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

More information

For questions related to the project and position, please contact Senior Researcher Toni Ryynänen (toni.ryynanen(at)

If you need support with the recruitment portal, please contact HR Specialist Mirkka Juntunen (mirkka.juntunen(at)

Ruralia Institute of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry offers high-quality research and innovation partnerships for rural development. The focus areas of the Institute are local development, sustainable food system and new bioeconomy. The Institute performs extensive international, national, and regional cooperation with about 50 experts in the University Consortiums of Mikkeli and Seinäjoki.

The Human in Digital and Sustainable Economies research group focuses on studying the intersection of human experiences, technologies, and economic potential of sustainable solutions. The social science research group has recently studied novel foods and digital tools in advancing the twin transition.