Postdoctoral Research Fellow (IDA Project, 2 Positions)

Intimacy in Data-driven Culture (IDA) is multidisciplinary research project funded by the Strategic Research council (STN). It explores the ways in which digitalization and datafication affect and shape private, social, occupational, and collective lives and everyday experiences. IDA investigates how different groups of people and professionals (migrants, activists, politicians, actors and other public figures) define and process their privacy in a context where a range of activities from public services and work practices to personal connections is increasingly organized through digital devices, applications, and services. IDA explores how this privacy as data is increasingly under surveillance – tracked, collected, and compiled in marketable and governable data profiles – and what social inequalities and vulnerabilities this entails for different groups. IDA develops data policy that respects and enhances human rights and seeks solutions to prevent mechanisms that deepen data-driven inequalities.

IDA is a research consortium between University of Turku, Tampere University, Aalto University and Åbo Akademi, bringing together scholars in media studies, gender studies, law, computer science, fashion studies, and game studies.

We are looking to employ two researchers who have prior experience of studying data practices and digital platforms.

The sub-project is conducted in the Faculty of Information Sciences and Communication.

Position 1 requires a fluent command of Finnish (see the Finnish-language description above).
In position 2, ability to communicate in Finnish is not necessary, but is considered an advantage.

Job description 2

Doctoral Researcher / Researcher / Postdoctoral Research Fellow

The researcher will be working together as a team with other researchers in IDA project. In this position, the candidate is expected to explore the nature of game developers data work and their everyday data practices.

The candidate is expected to

  • plan and execute empirical research on the everyday life of game studios, forms of data-driven game development, and game developers’ data practices
  • work together with the other researchers of the team, participate in the events and seminars organized by the project, and collaborate with researchers from the Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies
  • publish research results in leading peer-reviewed journals
  • in case of doctoral researcher, advancing the PhD project in collaboration with supervisors


The candidate should hold an appropriate PhD or a Master’s degree (e.g. from game studies, media studies, cultural studies, information studies, work research, social sciences). Versatile methodological skills, prior knowledge about the game industries, and experience from studying datafication and creative work are considered an advantage. We expect the candidate to familiarize oneself with the specific research field. They have good communication skills, and are able to work in a team, while also able to conduct independent scientific research at a high level. Fluent command of Finnish is considered an advantage.

We Offer

The positions will be filled for a fixed-term period, 1-2 years. The starting date is at the latest, April 1st, 2021. A trial period of six months applies to all our 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. Doctoral Researcher’s and Researcher’s job demand levels are 2-4 and Postdoctoral Research Fellow’s demand level is 5. In addition employee performance-based salary element.

Tampere University offers many benefits to its employees, e.g., occupational health services, flexible working hours, high-quality sport services and affordable lunch choices on campus. International HR services offer their help with the official issues in settling in Finland and Tampere. Tampere region is one of the fastest growing city areas in Finland. Tampere is the largest inland city in the Nordic countries and a traditional center of the Finnish industry. Today, the city is best known for its high-tech sector, with companies such as Nokia, Intel, Huawei, and Saab having research/development facilities here. Tampere is also the most popular city in Finland for higher education studies.

More information about living and working in Tampere and Tampere University.

How to Apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system (link below). The closing date for applications March 10, 2021 (23:59 EET / UTC+2). Please write your application and all the accompanying documentation in English and attach them in PDF format.
The application should contain the following documents:

  • A free-form letter of motivation for the position in question (max. 1 page)
  • Academic CV with contact information
  • A list of publications
  • A copy of degree certificate
  • A letter or letters of recommendation (max. 3)

Only the applications sent through the university application portal and containing the requested attachments in the instructed format will be considered in the recruitment process. 

The most promising candidates will be interviewed via Zoom before the final decision. 

For more information about the positions, please contact

Job description 1: Professor Kaarina Nikunen (, +358 401 904 094

Job description 2: Associate Professor Olli Sotamaa (, +358 504 201 472

Application period starts: 2021-02-23 12:00Application period ends: 2021-03-10 23:59