Assistant/Associate Professors in Water Supply Engineering

University of Oulu
Oulu, Finland
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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The Research Unit of Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering (WE3) (ca. 45 people) consists of four research groups, with two professors, 12 senior researchers, five postdoctoral researchers, about 20 postgraduate students and technical staff. The unit's research areas are hydrology, water management, environmental protection, water supply, water treatment, waste management and energy systems. The research is mainly funded by external competitive funding. The unit is international and active in international research projects and doctoral training. The unit provides education in water engineering in two degree programs (Environmental Engineering and Civil Engineering). With a M.Sc. (Tech.) orientation in Civil Engineering, the importance of water supply technology has increased in education. In recent years, the research has increasingly been profiled in arctic research.

Job description

The research in the tenure-track position will focus on the “water supply sector” in a wide sense, including studies on environmental impact assessment of groundwater abstraction, groundwater engineering and modeling, water source protection techniques, decentralized water supply and water treatment, water distribution networks, water supply and novel ICT solutions, climate change, energy issues, water legislation, water quality and hygiene, water supply planning, water safety, urban hydrology as well as storm water management. The research should focus on water supply in cold climate such as northern Finland, the Arctic environment and developing regions/countries.

Applicants are required to have expertise in water and environmental engineering, project acquisition, financing and management experience as well as good communication and teaching skills. Applicants are required to have a relevant education in Environmental or Civil Engineering for both M.Sc. (Tech.) and D.Sc (Tech.) degrees. The work requires good interaction skills in Finnish and English. Applicants are required to have an understanding of research needs in water management and experience of stakeholder cooperation. The applicant should understand the need for water supply engineering research in Northern Finland.

He/she will participate in the administration and research in WE3. Particularly with respect to research, his/her duty is to develop collaboration with universities, research institutes and companies in Finland, in the Nordic Countries and internationally. The candidate will be required to follow progress in the field, pursue and guide scientific research and carry out and develop teaching in the field, hold examinations, guide practical exercises, mark written examinations and preliminary essays, as well as evaluate research papers and dissertations. In addition to these, administrative duties, participation in student admission and other tasks are included in the annual total of 1624 working hours.

The candidate will be responsible for research and teaching in the field and its development together with the unit's researchers. The research should complement, utilize and build on the unit's strong expertise in hydrology, water resources engineering, hydrogeology and environmental and energy engineering. The aim of the research group is to grow and respond to water supply research needs in Finland and internationally with other actors.

The present tenure track position on assistant/associate professor level in Water Supply Engineering 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 or associate professor.


The salary of an assistant professor will be based on levels 5 – 6, and that of an associate professor on levels 6 – 7 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 3,200 – 4,100 euros per month for an assistant professor and 3,700 – 4,800 euros per month for an associate 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 occupational health care services.

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. When assessing the candidate’s merits, issues taken into consideration include peer-reviewed scientific publications and other research results with scientific value, teaching experience and pedagogical training, the skill to create teaching material, other teaching merits, the possible demonstration lecture, and the doctoral theses the candidate has supervised. In addition to this, the following merits will be taken into consideration: the candidate’s activity in the scientific community; when necessary, practical familiarity with the field in question; success in acquiring supplementary funding; scientific work abroad and international activities. A particular emphasis is also paid to the submitted research and action plan.

Candidates will be evaluated according to their career stage taking into consideration:

  1. Their potential to establish or currently have an externally funded research programme
  2. Highly visible scientific publications or other outstanding merits with scientific value
  3. Demonstrated international collaboration and activeness of the applicant in the international scientific community
  4. A demonstrated capacity, ability and experience in mentoring and supervising undergraduate, graduate (M.Sc. (Tech.) & D.Sc. (Tech.)) and postdoctoral scientists, and
  5. 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 of the Faculty of Technology 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.

The selection criteria for each career level are detailed as follows:

Assistant Professor: The position of an Assistant Professor is for researchers who have recently finished their doctoral dissertation and are advancing towards a professional research career. The position is for a fixed term for five years. A continuation period may be granted as indicated in the University of Oulu Tenure Track guidelines. Only persons with a doctoral degree obtained less than ten years ago can be appointed to the position of an assistant professor. The criteria for an Assistant Professor are the following:

  • research potential: the quality of the dissertation and publications in high quality international journals
  • participation in acquiring external funding as a part of a research team, granted external funding for own research, connections with the international research community
  • scientific work experience at least from two research facilities is appreciated
  • demonstration of progress in a researcher’s skills is essential for a continuation period

Associate Professor: The position of an associate professor is initially a fixed-term position for five years with potential for extension after an evaluation. The selection criteria for an associate professor are the following:

  • publications in high quality international journals, citations to publications
  • active role in the researcher training
  • acquisition of external funding for a larger research team as a principal investigator
  • work experience at least from two research facilities
  • an active role in international scientific community
  • acknowledgements and awards

How to apply

Please submit your application and relevant enclosures through our online recruitment system latest on 22 August 2019 (23:59 Finnish local time). The application should be written in English and include the following documents:

  • A letter of application with contact information, stating the career level on which the person would like to be evaluated at
  • Curriculum Vitae following the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity:
  • A list of publications following the guidelines of the Academy of Finland ( with the ten most important ones marked
  • A brief account of research merits (max. 1 page)
  • A brief account of teaching merits or a teaching portfolio (max. 2 pages)
  • Details regarding the acquisition of research funds (max. 2 pages)
  • A brief research and action plan (max. 3 pages)
  • Contact details of 2 persons from whom recommendations would be available

The employment will begin in January 2020 or as agreed on. A six-month trial period will be applied in the positions.

For further information regarding the filling of this post

Questions concerning the project’s research focus and its activities, please contact:
Professor Björn Klöve, The Research Unit of Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Technology, tel. +358 (0)29 448 4510, email: bjorn.klove(at)
Professor Riitta Keiski, Dean, Faculty of Technology, tel. +358 (0)29 448 2348, email: riitta.keiski(at)

Questions concerning the application process and its schedule, please contact HR Manager Tiina Pääkkönen, HR Services, email: tiina.paakkonen(at)