Project researcher, Faculty of Education

The University of Oulu is an international scientific community, with 16 000 students and approximately 3 000 employees. The strengths of the University are wide multidisciplinary study/research interests and modern research and study environment and good cooperation with international educational and research institutes.

Work position and duration: Project researcher, part-time (50 %) work, 01 November 2018 – 31 October 2021 (36 months)

Faculty of Education is partner in Kolarctic CBC programme project KO2071 Development of common approaches to involvement youth into science and technical sphere (Be Tech!). Lead partner of the project is Municipality of Alta, Norway. The other partners are UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Murmansk Arctic State University, Limited liability company Education, innovation, science and research union, "Socium+" (Russia), and Association of Arctic projects contractors, "Murmanshelf" (Russia). Faculty of Education is contributing to the project with its expertise especially in the sphere of teacher training, with the interest to enhance young peoples’ motivation to study science and technology by the new approaches developed within this project. The project being successful, there are good prospects young peoples’ science based and technological skills in vocational training and later in their working life will be better than before. In long-term this also would facilitate the sustainable economic development of their original living region. The work position is placed in the research unit Values, Ideologies and Social Contexts of Education at the Faculty of Education.

The most important duties in the position are: working according to the timelines of project Action plan and Roles of the partners tables, gathering and analyzing the qualitative data for benchmarking and elaboration of the guidelines for inclusion of innovation approach to teaching scientific and technical knowledge to youth, and – for evaluation and dissemination purposes of project results – reporting respectively. Research activities focuse for instance to joint seminars for teachers and pilot events for school children in each partner country and cooperation with teacher trainers and students at Faculty of Education, teacher training school teachers and pupils. The work is conducted in close collaboration with project manager at Faculty of Oulu, and together with other KO2071 project partners.

Basic selection criteria: Good qualitative research and reporting skills together with experience in project work, preferably in international level. Higher educational career in educational sciences or sciences and technology, preferably being now at doctoral studies level, if not doctoral degree. Finnish language skills and good skills in English are required. Good modern IT skills are required. Russian language skills are advantage but not as a requirement for the position.

The part-time (50 %) work contract salary will be based on the levels 8–9 of the demand level chart for other staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 46.3 % of the job-specific component).

Apply online latest on Friday, 26 October 2018. Include the following attachments in your application:

1. Curriculum vitae (max 5 pages) relevant for the position, using the structure by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (

2. Other documents the applicant sees relevant for the position. It is advisable to attach contact details of at least 2 persons available for recommendation.

The position is filled as of 01 November 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. A trial period of 6 months is applied in the position.

Further details are available from: University Lecturer Veli-Matti Ulvinen, veli-matti.ulvinen_(at), +358 40 5476802.

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