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Come create the technology that helps the world act together

Nokia is committed to innovation and technology leadership across mobile, fixed and cloud networks. Your career here will have a positive impact on people’s lives and will help us build the capabilities needed for a more productive, sustainable, and inclusive world.

We challenge ourselves to create an inclusive way of working where we are open to new ideas, empowered to take risks and fearless to bring our authentic selves to work. 

Join an energetic research team at Nokia Bell Labs

Nokia Bell Labs is the world-renowned research arm of Nokia, having invented many of the foundational technologies that underpin information and communications networks and all digital devices and systems. This research has produced nine Nobel Prizes, five Turing Awards and numerous other awards.

The Data Driven Software Systems Research team builds reliable, trustworthy and intuitive software systems. Broad research focus areas in the team include stream processing, distributed computing, including serverless computing, and decentralized computing (Web3/Blockchain), privacy-preserving & trust insertion technologies, as well as AI/ML software systems, AI-powered developer tooling and software language engineering (Low-code platforms). Our international team is based primarily in Antwerp, Belgium and Stuttgart, Germany.

What you will learn and contribute to

Are you passionate about improving how software and software systems get built? Do you have a strong research background in computer science with a proven publication track record? Do you love to write code and validate your ideas through tangible prototypes? Then why not join us in building the next generation of software systems at Nokia Bell Labs, the birthplace of software pearls like UNIX and C.
As a senior research scientist in our team you will:

  • Define, explore and present new research challenges.
  • Contribute to the technical definition of research objectives and programs.
  • Push the boundaries of the state-of-the-art in your area of expertise and publish the research at leading academic and/or industrial forums.
  • Build and present proof-of-concept demonstrators and convince others of your work.
  • Create new intellectual property through code, patents, prototypes, papers, etc.
  • Work with Bell Labs researchers across the globe, and external academic and industrial partners, on challenging technical research projects. Keep an active and visible role in the research community through conference committees and reviewing panels.
  • Work with Nokia business units and incubators to incubate research into early-stage products, transfer knowledge and to act as expert counsel in your field of expertise.

Your skills and experience

We are looking for a motivated research scientist with academic or applied research experience in one of the following areas of computer science research:

  • Distributed Systems
  • Software Language Engineering
  • Machine Learning

Specific areas of interest include:

  • Decentralized computing platforms and protocols  
  • Distributed ledger technologies (DLT) and smart contracting platforms
  • Incentive engineering, mechanism design, game theory as applied to distributed systems
  • Compiler design, program analysis, program synthesis
  • Privacy-preserving & trust insertion technologies, such as, trusted execution environments, zero knowledge proofs, differential privacy, secure multiparty computation 

In addition:

  • You have a PhD degree in Computer Science / Electrical Engineering / ICT Engineering. Post-doc experience or industry experience is a plus.
  • Publications in top ACM and IEEE conferences are a definite plus.
  • You are a great communicator, able to explain your research to a broad audience. You have delivered talks at relevant international workshops, conferences, or other events.
  • You have demonstrable programming skills. Pointers to research prototypes you have built or open source libraries you have contributed to, are much appreciated.
  • You are a quick learner, able to identify & research new technologies.
  • You have personal drive, are committed to team objectives and have a positive, “can-do” attitude. You can work autonomously with little day-to-day guidance.
  • You feel comfortable working in an international environment where English is the main language.

Location: Antwerp (Belgium) and Stuttgart (Germany)

For more information, please contact  Lieven Trappeniers at  lieven.trappeniers@nokia-bell-labs.com   

What we offer

We offer a world-class research environment where you can work on hard and significant problems with real-world impact. Your work will directly result in new Nokia products, startups, or spin-outs.

Nokia offers flexible and hybrid working schemes, continuous learning opportunities, well-being programs to support you mentally and physically, opportunities to join and get supported by employee resource groups, mentoring programs and highly diverse teams with an inclusive culture where people thrive and are empowered.  

Nokia is committed to inclusion and is an equal opportunity employer

Nokia has received the following recognitions for its commitment to inclusion & equality:

  • One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere
  • Gender-Equality Index by Bloomberg
  • Workplace Pride Global Benchmark
  • LGBT+ equality & best place to work by HRC Foundation

At Nokia, we act inclusively and respect the uniqueness of people.


Nokia’s employment decisions are made regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.
We are committed to a culture of inclusion built upon our core value of respect.


Join us and be part of a company where you will feel included and empowered to succeed.


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