Tenure track position in Biodiversity change and ecosystem health, Arctic Interactions programme

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. 

Job description

The tenure track position “Biodiversity change and ecosystem health” 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 “Biodiversity change and ecosystem health” should determine how biodiversity protection and multiple pressures from climate and land-use change impact aquatic and terrestrial communities, ecosystem services and their resilience considering various spatial and temporal scales.  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:
  1. Their potential to establish or currently have a vigorous externally funded research programme,
  2. Highly visible scientific publications or other merits with scientific value,
  3. Demonstrated international collaboration and activeness of the applicant in the international scientific community,
  4. Demonstration of interdisciplinary research projects and capabilities,
  5. A demonstrated capacity for thinking broadly across disciplines, ability and experience in mentoring and supervising undergraduate, graduate (MSc & PhD) and postdoctoral scientists, and
  6. 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.

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

Assistant Professor: The position of an Assistant Professor is available for applicants who have finished their doctoral dissertation less than ten years ago and are advancing towards a professional research career. The position of an Assistant Professor is initially a fixed-term position for five years with potential for extension after an evaluation. The selection criteria for an assistant professor are the following:
  • Research potential and merit applicable to the position to date (publications, especially internationally refereed publications; participating in acquiring external funding/funding granted; connections with the international community in the field);
  • Experience of working at different institutions including international professional experience;

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 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.

Full Professor: The position of a Full Professor requires high-level scientific or artistic competence, experience in leading scientific research, ability to provide high-level research-based teaching and to supervise final theses, and merit in international co-operation projects in his/her field of expertise. The position of a Full Professor also requires the ability to act as an academic leader. When evaluating the merits of an applicant, his/her scientific publications and other research results with scientific or artistic value, teaching experience and pedagogic training, ability to produce teaching material, other merits as a teacher, teaching demonstrations and supervised doctoral theses shall be taken into consideration. Other factors to be taken into consideration are the active role of the applicant in the scientific community, practical experience in the field where applicable, success in acquiring supplementary research funding, scientific work abroad, international positions, and leadership and interaction skills.

Distinguished Professor: The position of a Distinguished Professor is for especially distinguished applicants who exceed the criteria for Full Professor.

How to apply

Please submit your application and relevant enclosures through our online recruitment system latest on 28 February 2019. The application should be written in English and include the following documents:
  1. a letter of application with contact information, stating the career level on which the person would like to be evaluated at
  2. Curriculum vitae following the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity: http://www.tenk.fi/en/template-researchers-curriculum-vitae
  3. a list of publications following the guidelines of the Academy of Finland (http://www.aka.fi/en/funding/how-to-apply/application-guidelines/guidelines-for-list-of-publications/guidelines-for-complete-list-of-publications/) with the 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. details regarding the acquisition of research funds (max. 2 pages)
  7. a brief research and action plan (max. 3 pages)
  8. contact details of 3 persons from whom recommendations would be available

The employment will begin in September-October 2019 or as agreed on. A six-month trial period will be applied in the positions.

For further information:

Director: Prof. Bjørn Kløve, Kvantum Institute, University of Oulu, bjorn.klove(at)oulu.fi
Vice Director: Prof. Jeffrey Welker, Ecology and Genetics Research Unit, University of Oulu, jeffrey.welker(at)oulu.fi
Coordinator: Jouko Inkeröinen, Kvantum Institute, University of Oulu, jouko.inkeroinen(at)oulu.fi

About the City of Oulu

The City of Oulu is Northern Finland’s largest and oldest city, with a population of over 200,000. Located in the Gulf of Bothnia in the Oulu River delta, the city has good access from anywhere. Oulu is an easy-going and family friendly community with very high quality of life. This modern city with a beautiful harbour and market area offers plenty of cultural activities as well as opportunities for exploring the northern nature. Open space and parks can be found all along the Oulu River and throughout the area and they are easily accessed by bike – the favourite mode of transport in Oulu. There is an entire range of outdoor and sports facilities to choose from, not forgetting Finland’s biggest spectator sport, ice hockey. Winter is a season that is highly celebrated and lit bike trails and bridges bring the city alive. As the world’s northernmost tech hub, Oulu has a highly educated and innovative workforce and the University has a strong role in the community. Oulu is a marvellous place to live, work and enjoy a vibrant academic community. Welcome to the home of science with Arctic Attitude!

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