The University of Oulu is an international science university creating new knowledge, well-being and innovation for the future through multidisciplinary research and education. Close cooperation with research institutes, companies and the public sector has created an internationally significant research and innovation hub that has changed the world. Every day 2.6 billion people use technology developed in Oulu. In addition, the university’s location close to the Arctic offers unique conditions for a wide variety of research.
Arctic Interactions (ArcI) is a programme designed to achieve global leadership in the area of “Understanding and mitigating global change in the Arctic through fundamental studies at the interface between the natural and social sciences in the north”. These studies are aimed at weaving new discoveries and understanding into sustainable resource use, while informing those dedicated to mitigation and providing the information needed to help achieve sustainable communities throughout the North. The ArcI community in Oulu include 30 PIs linked to 3 different research areas (www.oulu.fi/arci). We now open 5 tenure positions forming a cluster and cohort in arctic research strengthening our key research areas and their interdisciplinary research approaches.
The tenure track position “Earth system sciences, ecohydrology and human societal resiliency” will strengthen the ArcI research area “Global change & northern environments”. This research encompasses physical geography, hydrology, water resources and ecohydrology, aquatic and terrestrial ecology as well as ecosystem processes. The research includes studies on geodiversity, permafrost thaw feedbacks, seasonal frost traits, snow dynamics in catchments, peatland hydrology, hydrological fluxes and moisture sources, biodiversity effects on ecosystem resilience and health, trace gas feedbacks, and interactions among organisms within and among trophic levels. The research builds on long-term experimental studies, numerical modelling and statistics to analyse past and future climate and land use.
The research in “Earth system sciences, ecohydrology and human societal resiliency” should analyse complex interactions between geodiversity-biodiversity-hydrology-ecology responses using novel modelling approaches, observational techniques, and ICT tools to understand complex feedbacks and processes and provide an integrated basis for decision-making and policies. The position will be based at the Faculty of Science or Technology at University of Oulu.
The tenure track position is open to highly talented individuals who hold a doctoral degree and have excellent potential for a successful scientific career. Based on the experience and competence, the successful applicant will be placed at the level of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Full Professor or Distinguished Professor.
Salary and start-up package
The persons appointed for the ArcI tenure track positions will become a part of a major expansion of the university’s Arctic programme, supported in part by a new Academy of Finland project emphasizing interdisciplinary research in the Arctic. They are expected to develop a rigorous, nationally and internationally recognized research programme with extramural funding from agencies such as the Academy of Finland, the European Union and others.
The salary of an Assistant Professor will be based on levels 5-6, of an Associate Professor on levels 6-7, and that of a Professor on levels 8-10 of the requirement level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition to the basic salary, supplementary salary will be given for personal achievement and performance, the sum rising to a maximum of 50% of the basic salary level for the post. The full salary is approximately 3,500 – 4,500 euros per month for an Assistant Professor, 4,000 – 5,200 euros per month for an Associate Professor and 5,500 – 8,800 euros per month for a full professor.
The successful candidate will receive also full benefits provided by the University of Oulu to all its employees, including free time corresponding to holidays and free occupational health care services. A start-up package will include funding for hiring a 2-year postdoctoral fellow and a 4-year PhD student.
Teaching responsibilities will be determined within the research unit.
Selection Criteria and procedure
A person appointed to the tenure track position must have a doctoral degree, high-level scientific competence, experience in leading scientific research, ability to provide high-level research-based teaching, and to supervise theses and participate in international co-operation projects in his/her field of expertise.
Candidates will be evaluated according to their career stage taking into consideration:
- Their potential to establish or currently have a vigorous externally funded research programme,
- Highly visible scientific publications or other merits with scientific value,
- Demonstrated international collaboration and activeness of the applicant in the international scientific community,
- Demonstration of interdisciplinary research projects and capabilities,
- A demonstrated capacity for thinking broadly across disciplines, ability and experience in mentoring and supervising undergraduate, graduate (MSc & PhD) and postdoctoral scientists, and
- Teaching experience and pedagogic training, ability to produce teaching material, other merits as a teacher and teaching demonstrations.
The selection procedure will be carried out by a Recruitment Committee according to the University of Oulu Tenure Track guidelines. The shortlisted candidates will also be evaluated by other academic experts outside the University of Oulu. Demonstrable development of skills is the prerequisite for a continuation period after the initial five-year period.