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Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professorship in Space Physics for high-latitude ionospheric research

The University of Oulu in Northern Finland, with approximately 16 000 students and 3000 employees, is an international, multidisciplinary research university. The strengths of the University are broad multidisciplinary research interests, modern research and study environment and wide cooperation with international research and educational institutes (http://www.oulu.fi/english/).

The Faculty of Science at the University of Oulu is announcing an open tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professorship in Space Physics to conduct research of the high-latitude ionosphere. Space Physics has three professors in Oulu, one at the Ionospheric Physics Research Unit and two at the Space Climate Research Unit. The open position is placed at the Ionospheric Physics Research Unit, where research of space weather effects on the coupled magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere system is carried out. The research group utilizes data from advanced measurements such as the international EISCAT incoherent scatter radars and ESA’s SWARM satellite mission, as well as ground-based instruments operated by our collaborators at Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory (SGO) of Oulu University and the Finnish Meteorological Institute: magnetometers, all-sky cameras and riometers. The recent international decision to start building the phased-array EISCAT_3D incoherent scatter radar in Scandinavia will enhance the activities of the Ionospheric Physics Unit, which coordinates the EISCAT efforts in Finland together with SGO.

A person appointed to a tenure-track position will be employed as an Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in the tenure-track system of the university (http://www.oulu.fi/university/node/38379), depending on the merits and qualifications of the applicant. To develop his/her research, the new Assistant or Associate Professor will receive an additional two-year starting grant from the Faculty of Science.

Required Qualifications and Job Responsibilities

The candidate to be considered in the position should have a strong background in experimental research or theoretical modelling combined with experimental research of the high-latitude ionosphere and how it is coupled to the magnetosphere, possibly also to the thermosphere. Practical familiarity with data measured by the instruments mentioned above is considered as an advantage.

A Ph.D. in Physics or equivalent, as well as post-doctoral experience are required.

The new Assistant or Associate Professor will be responsible for carrying out world-class research in Ionospheric Physics. He/she is expected to be competitive in attracting external funding, to develop co-operation with international and national research groups, to publish in leading journals and conferences, to supervise PhD students, and to take part in teaching and supervision of students.

The successful candidate is expected to take part in teaching and supervision of students. The teaching duties will not exceed 30 % of the working time. In addition to this, administrative duties are included in the annual 1,624 working hours.

The position will start as tenure track from 1 January 2018 or later according to mutual agreement with the successful applicant.

Grounds of assessment

Career advancement on the tenure track is based on performance assessments that measure the candidate’s merits, see http://www.oulu.fi/university/node/38379.

Assistant Professor: The position of an Assistant Professor is for persons who have recently (less than ten years ago) finished their doctoral dissertation and are advancing towards a professional research career. An Assistant Professor is employed for five years, during which his/her performance will be evaluated according to the criteria of the tenure-track system of the university. Successful rating in the assessment leads to a new fixed-term employment contract as Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, the overall aim being a permanent position as Professor.

The selection criteria for an Assistant Professor are the following:

  • Research merit and potential applicable to the position to date: internationally refereed publications; acquiring external funding; connections with the international community in the field
  • Working in more than one research facility during one’s career. Work abroad and other international experience will be regarded as an asset.
  • Acknowledgements      and awards

Associate Professor: An Associate Professor is employed for five years, during which his/her performance will be evaluated according to the criteria of the tenure-track system of the university. He/she is expected to qualify as full Professor after one or two five-year fixed periods.

The selection criteria for an Associate Professor are the following:

  • Publications on an international level: quality of the publication forums, references to the publications
  • Active role in researcher training
  • Acquisition of external funding
  • Working in more than one research facility during one’s career. Work abroad and other international experience will be regarded as an asset.
  • Active role in the international scientific community
  • Acknowledgements and awards


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, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance with a maximum of 46.3 % of the basic salary. The full salary is approximately 3,500 – 4,500 euros per month for an Assistant Professor and 4,000 – 5,200 euros per month for an Associate Professor.

Other benefits: 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.

Reviewer Assessment

A recruitment committee will take care of the evaluation process. Two to four external reviewers will be consulted regarding to the selection process. When recruiting for the positions, outstanding scientific quality is set as a requirement (scoring 5 – 6 out of 6, excellent-outstanding). The top candidates may be interviewed by the recruitment committee.


Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using electronic application form by 30 September, 2017.

The application should be written in English and the following information needs to be included:

  1. Application letter with contact information
  2. Curriculum vitae including acquired research funding, compiled following the guidelines given in http://www.tenk.fi/en/content/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae
  3. List of publications classified as follows and ten most important ones marked: A) Peer-reviewed scientific articles, B) Non-refereed scientific articles, C) Publications intended for professional communities, D) Patents and invention disclosures
  4. Brief account of teaching merits or a teaching portfolio (max 2 pages)
  5. Brief research and teaching action plan (max 2 pages) with a special emphasis on how the plan will benefit the research in the Unit.

Applicants are kindly asked to prepare for the situation in which, after the closing of the application period, the faculty might request them to submit 10 publications of their choice to be sent to the reviewers for assessment. When requested, the publications should be submitted as PDF files.

Contact information

Professor Anita Aikio, Head of Ionospheric Physics Unit, tel. +358-50 3500 641, e-mail: anita.aikio(at)oulu.fi.

HR Manager Tiina Pääkkönen, email: tiina.paakkonen(at)oulu.fi

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