Professor in Quantum Computing

University of Jyväskylä Faculty of Information Technology

Professor in Quantum Computing

The Faculty of Information technology is recruiting new top experts in research in the field.  

We are looking for 

Professor in Quantum Computing 

The position will be filled until further notice from January 1, 2023 or as agreed.

The Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Jyväskylä is very strong in scientific research and highly recognized in the academic rankings of world universities. The faculty is also of the main academic educators in the IT field in Finland.

The University has recently launched a new bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral program in engineering, and accordingly, the faculty is expanding its research and teaching activities in quantum computing. The Professor is expected to support the faculty strategy by carrying out topical and competent scientific research in cooperation with the existing staff and the stakeholders of the faculty. The elected person will also teach and take part in developing the study programs of the faculty as well as in renewing teaching practices.  

The faculty has a long tradition in computational science, especially in mathematical modeling, numerical analysis, and optimization. We work with developers of quantum computer hardware. The recruitment of a Professor prepares for the new opportunities brought by the development of quantum computers and the anticipated change in solving computationally demanding tasks without developing the quantum computer equipment itself. 

Duties and requirements 

We seek to identify and exploit the future potential of quantum computing and the opportunities it provides, which requires a sufficiently in-depth understanding of quantum computing. You are the person we are looking for if you are doing internationally high-level research on the potential and application of quantum computing in future IT systems. 

In addition to the research activities, the Professor will have teaching duties and doctoral training. Professor will also supervise undergraduate students, doctoral students, and postdoctoral researchers. In addition, the selected person will participate in the continuous development of teaching and will also have administrative tasks. The Professor to be recruited is expected to contribute to the responsibility for research projects in their field and to obtain funding for the research team. In addition, the Professor participates in the social interaction of their area of expertise. 

We require an applicable doctorate, high scientific competence, rich experience in teaching, supervising Ph.D theses and postdoctoral students, leading research activities, and strong evidence of national and international research cooperation and gaining research funding. 

Find out more about the tasks and eligibility requirements: Qualification requirements for teaching and research staff. Eligibility requirements must be met before the application deadline. 

What we offer?   

A competent and prosperous scientific community  

We offer a wide range of staff benefits, such as occupational health care, flexible working hours, excellent sports facilities on campus, and several restaurants and cafés on campus with staff discounts. 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. Please read more about working at the University of Jyväskylä, the City of Jyväskylä, and living in Finland in our International Staff Guide.  


Salary is based on duty-specific job demands and personal performance according to the University’s salary system. A trial period of six months when first employed for the position.  

Applying for the position  

The electronic application must be accompanied by the following documents in English:  

1. Curriculum vitae (CV), which also includes a personal ORCID id (curriculum vitae according to the template for researcher’s curriculum vitae, Finnish National Board on Research Integrity, TENK

2. Application / motivation letter  

3. A numbered list of all scientific and other publications with which the applicant wishes to demonstrate their competence and merit for the position  

4. A short (2-3 pages) research plan and a written description of the applicant’s scientific research merits related to scientific activities and research management. This should include a statement on the obtained external funding and on the applicant’s responsibilities in the research projects accomplished with such funding  

5. Short (2-3 pages) written description of pedagogical approach, education, teaching, and supervision experience (teaching portfolio)  

6. Short (2-3 pages) a written description of the applicant’s social interaction and international cooperation 

7. Up to ten (10) most important publications, which must be numbered according to the list of publications  

8. Short (2-3 pages) description of how the applicant intends to promote research and training related to the field of the position at the Faculty of Information Technology 

The application must be submitted no later than Sunday, August 14, 2022, using the electronic application form.  

For further information, please contact Dean Pasi Tyrväinen (, +358405408646), Vice Dean for Research Tuure Tuunanen (, +358408054628) and Computational Science Research Area, Professor Timo Tiihonen (, +358503732125). 

The University is committed to fairness, consistency, and transparency in selection decisions, and undertakes the recommendations for the responsible evaluation of a researcher in Finland

Upon the consent of the applicant, a background check can be made on the person to be appointed (Security Clearance Act 726/2014). For more information on the background check and the rights of the subject of the check, see:

Get to know the University of Jyväskylä and the Faculty of Information Technology 

At the University of Jyväskylä, everyone can find their place in the human-centered environment of 2,600 experts and 14,000 students. Our goal is to create wisdom and well-being for us all. It is essential that each member of the community thrives and has opportunities to develop and grow. We cherish openness of thinking as well as the balance between research and education. Our naturally beautiful campus is located at the heart of the city of Jyväskylä. JYU is the third-largest employer in Central Finland. 

You can get to know the beautiful campus areas of the University of Jyväskylä by watching this video: Kampuselämää Jyväskylän yliopistossa - University campus life at JYU - YouTube. 

The Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Jyväskylä is the first and largest in its field in Finland. The mission of the faculty is to create a science-based digital future. In research, education, and stakeholder collaboration, the faculty combines comprehensively the viewpoints of technology, information, organizations, business, and people. The IT Faculty employs 180 people and, currently, there are 2400 undergraduate students and 150 postgraduate students. Teaching is given both in Finnish and in English. Strong collaboration with companies and other actors in society is based on long-term research. The faculty’s research is organized through four areas of activity, which are computational science, software and telecommunications technology, information systems science, and educational technology and cognitive science. The faculty traditionally has degree programs in the natural sciences and business, in addition to which a new degree program in technology was launched in August 2021. The new Professor to be recruited has a unique opportunity to get involved in the development of the degree program. Interdisciplinarity is realized very concretely already within the faculty, in addition to which the surrounding multidisciplinary University provides fertile ground for various research openings and other collaborations. 

The faculty is located on the scenic Mattilanniemi campus by the lake. You can find more information about the faculty’s activities on our website. Please take a special look at our research activities and curricula.