Associate Professor (Tenure Track Position) in Digital Fabrication of Smart Objects at the Center for Ubiquitous Computing

University of Oulu is an international research and innovation university engaged in multidisciplinary basic research and academic education. The University of Oulu is one of the largest universities in Finland with 14 000 students and 3 000 employees. The university encompasses ten fields of study: Architecture, Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Humanities, Education, Economics and Business, Science, Medicine and Dentistry, Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Technology and Mining. The University of Oulu researchers contribute to solving global challenges by combining multidisciplinary approaches, high level research and fruitful collaborations in the following five focus areas: 1. Creating sustainability through materials and systems, 2. Molecular and environmental basis for lifelong health, 3. Digital solutions in sensing and interactions, 4. Earth and near-space system and environmental change, 5. Understanding humans in change. Collaboration across scientific fields is strongly encouraged and supported within the University. More information http://www.oulu.fi/english/.

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Associate Professor (Tenure Track Position) in Digital Fabrication of Smart Objects at the Center for Ubiquitous Computing

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To strengthen its profile at international level the University of Oulu announces a tenure track position for Associate Professor in digital fabrication of smart objects.

The position is placed at the Center for Ubiquitous Computing (UBICOMP, http://ubicomp.oulu.fi) in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE). With 3 professors and about 20 postdocs UBICOMP is the largest cluster of HCI and ubicomp researchers in Finland and one of the largest in Europe. UBICOMP conducts multidisciplinary research on next generation interactive systems and its results are regularly published in leading journals and conferences in the field. The associate professor will have access to world-class research infrastructure on campus, including the well-equipped FabLab Oulu (http://www.oulu.fi/fablab/), a professional workshop with tools and expertise for building more complex devices, and a 5G test network. The associate professor will join an international and multidisciplinary research community of researchers from multiple faculties and disciplines that collaborates on new ubiquitous technologies and digital solutions.

The Associate Professor is recruited to the field of digital fabrication of smart objects, to strengthen our research on next generation interactive technologies. The Associate Professor is expected to develop a research agenda that explores how emerging digital fabrication, embedded computing, wireless communication, sensing and interaction technologies can be used with prototyping to develop new smart objects, applications, services and “personal fabrication” ecosystems. The Associate Professor is expected to exploit and further develop our substantial infrastructure investment in digital fabrication, and to create related BSc and MSc level courses to our Applied Computing curriculum.

Job responsibilities, required qualifications and career advancement:

The tenure track position is open to highly talented individuals who hold a doctoral degree and have excellent potential for a successful scientific career. A successful candidate is expected to conduct outstanding world-class scientific research, to be competitive in attracting external funding, to publish in leading journals and conferences, to supervise PhD students, to be an active member of the international scientific community, and to exhibit academic leadership.

The applicants are evaluated based on the following criteria by high-level international researchers:

  • publications on an international level: dissemination, quality of the publication forums, references to the publications
  • active role in research training
  • acquisition of external funding
  • working in more than one research facility during one’s career (in most fields represented at the University of Oulu this signifies working abroad)
  • an active role in the international scientific community
  • acknowledgements and awards.

The position will start on 1 January 2018, or later according to mutual agreement with the successful applicant. The position is initially a fixed-term position for five years. The Associate Professor may advance through the tenure track process and be appointed to a permanent position as a professor or a distinguished professor. Career advancement on the tenure track is based on performance assessments that measure the Associate Professor’s merits using the above-mentioned criteria and the University of Oulu Tenure Track guidelines (http://www.oulu.fi/university/node/38379).

Salary: The salary of the appointed researcher will be based on the demand level chart for the teaching and research staff of Finnish Universities. In addition to the basic salary of the appropriate tenure track level, supplementary salary will be given for personal achievement and performance, the sum rising to a maximum of 46.3 % of the basic salary level for the post. The salary thus being roughly 4,100 - 5,400 €/month.

Other benefits: Finland is one of the most livable countries, with a high quality of life, safety, excellent education system, and competitive economy. The successful candidate will receive full benefits provided by the University of Oulu to university employees, including free time corresponding to holidays and free occupational health care services. The successful candidate will receive also benefits provided by the Finnish government to residents, for example possibility to obtain access to the national healthcare system, tax benefits for employees with children and high-quality affordable childcare services.

Applications: Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted electronically by 31.3.2017.

The application should be written in English and the following information needs to be included:
1) an application letter with contact information
2) a curriculum vitae following the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (tutkimuseettinen neuvottelukunta). The guidelines are available at http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae and a template at http://www.tenk.fi/sites/tenk.fi/files/CV_english_270613.pdf.
3) list of publications, ten most important ones marked
4) a brief account of research merits (max 1 page)
5) a brief account of teaching merits or a teaching portfolio (max 2 pages)
6) acquisition of research funds
7) a brief research and action plan (max 3 pages)
8) contact details of 2 - 4 persons available for recommendation.

Evaluators: The selection procedure will be carried out by an Appointment Committee according to the University of Oulu Tenure Track guidelines.

Contact details: In order to receive the information and announcements concerning the official selection procedures to be followed in order to fill this post, applicants must inform the Center for Ubiquitous Computing at the University of Oulu of their contact details for the whole duration of the selection process: they must specifically provide both their home and work telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, fax numbers and postal addresses.

For further information and enquiries about this post, and about the application and selection procedures, please contact:

Professor Timo Ojala, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu

P.O. Box 4500, FI-90014 Oulun yliopisto

phone: + 358405676646

email: timo.ojala@oulu.fi

 



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