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Doctoral Researcher in AI-Assisted Modeling in Economics
Aalto University

Date Posted Jun. 15, 2023
Title Doctoral Researcher in AI-Assisted Modeling in Economics
University Aalto University
, Finland
Department T313 Dept. Computer Science
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Graduate Student
  • Computer Science
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Doctoral Researcher in AI-Assisted Modeling in Economics

We are seeking a PhD student interested in developing and applying machine learning approaches to study economic questions. Some possible areas for research include how to incorporate machine learning into game theoretic and mechanism design problems with specific focus on how AI-assistants can be used in the design of robust mechanisms. We welcome strong applicants interested in doing a PhD supervised by Prof. Samuel Kaski from the Finnish Centre for Artificial Intelligence in collaboration with Prof. Otto Toivanen and Prof. Daniel Hauser from Helsinki Graduate School of Economics.

Your network and team
Professor Samuel Kaski’s research group Probabilistic Machine Learning Group develops new methods for probabilistic modeling, Bayesian inference and machine learning. Find his profile here:

Professor Otto Toivanen’s research interests are in the intersection of competition, innovation and regulation. Find his profile here:

Assistant Professor Daniel Hauser is an economic theorist who focuses on learning in dynamic games. Find his profile here:

Your experience and ambitions
We expect the candidates to hold a MSc degree and/or have solid background in at least one of the following areas: machine learning, AI, or mechanism design. Previous experience in economics or game theory is an advantage. Furthermore, the candidate should have the ability to work independently toward the goals of their project.

The position requires excellent written and spoken English.

What we offer
We provide an internationally active research environment with a network of collaborations with the Finnish Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Helsinki Graduate School of Economics, a stimulating atmosphere in which to study exciting new research areas in machine learning and economics, and opportunities for attending international conferences and workshops which will build your potential for future career development and academic or industrial collaborations.

The position belongs to the Aalto career system and the selected person will be appointed for an initial two-year fixed term contract, and then another two-year extension after a successful progress review.

The starting salary for the position is 2 602,14 EUR per month. In addition to the salary, the contract includes occupational health benefits, and Finland has a comprehensive social security system. The annual total workload of research and teaching staff at Aalto University is 1 612 hours. The position is located at the Aalto University Otaniemi campus.

Ready to apply?
Submit your application through our recruitment system Workday by using the link on Aalto University’s web page ("Apply now”). The deadline for applications is 6th August at 23:59 Finnish time (UTC +2).

Please note: Aalto University’s employees and visitors should apply for the position via our internal system Workday -> find jobs (not external webpage on open positions) by using their existing Workday user account.
To apply, please share the following application materials with us:
  • CV
  • Letter of motivation
  • Transcripts of the MSc degree studies
  • Two referee contacts 

Contacts: Fang Wang (

The candidates must have completed their Master’s degree before the start of the contract period. Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period, reopen the application process, and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

More Information
Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with nearly 12 000 students and a staff of more than 4000, of which 400 are professors. Our main campus is located in Espoo, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.

The Department of Computer Science is an internationally-oriented community and home to world-class research in modern computer science, combining research on foundations and innovative applications. With over 40 professors and more than 450 employees from 50 countries, it is the largest department at Aalto University and the largest computer science unit in Finland. Computer science research at Aalto University ranks high in several prominent surveys (47th worldwide and 9th in Europe in Shanghai subject ranking 2019; and 56th worldwide in Times Higher Education subject ranking 2020).

About Finland
Finland is a great place for living with or without family - it is a safe, politically stable and well-organized Nordic society. Finland is consistently ranked high in quality of life and was just listed again as the happiest country in the world: For more information about living in Finland: 

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