Tenure track position in Co-evolution of human capabilities and emerging technologies

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 multidisciplinary scientific structure offers unique possibilities for path breaking research.

Generation Z and Beyond (GenZ) is a programme and hub designed to do world-class interdisciplinary research on strengthening human capabilities in the new digital era. The GenZ Hub includes researchers in the following faculties: Faculty of Education, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Science (Human geography) and Oulu Business School. The programme’s focus is important as new technologies and technological solutions (e.g. artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, virtual/augmented/mixed reality, robotics, 5G/6G) are becoming more intelligent, invisible and ubiquitous. New discoveries in the programme will build on interdisciplinary collaboration. They will provide transformative knowledge aiming to strengthen human skills and competences in all walks of life as digital technologies continue to develop.

In this context, GenZ's mission is to 1) identify and describe human practices, processes and strategies that are natural to human beings and which technologies and machines lack, 2) create knowledge about the still unknown features of changing work-life, 3) strengthen intelligent behaviour of individuals, communities and ecosystems, and 4) renew research methods in human sciences to respond to new and rising questions in the GenZ area. The GenZ community in Oulu includes 24 PIs linked to three research areas: Co-evolution, Co-creation and Resilience (see www.oulu.fi/university/genz). We now open 5 tenure positions forming a cluster and hub that will fortify our key research areas and their interdisciplinary research approaches on how to strengthen human capabilities, anticipate future challenges and increase human resilience in the emerging digital era. The positions will be based at the above-mentioned GenZ Hub faculties. The relevant host faculty will be identified according to the successful applicant’s expertise.

Job description

The tenure track position “Co-evolution of human capabilities and emerging technologies” will strengthen GenZ research in the area Co-evolution.

Applicants for this position are expected to have strong theoretical understanding of learning, interaction and/or communication processes. They are also familiar with how emerging digital technologies can be interconnected with these processes, and they have a vision of how such technologies could support these processes and thereby strengthen human capabilities in future learning, interaction and/or communication contexts. The applicants must have proven methodological expertise in investigating how humans learn, interact and/or communicate with, around or within technologies. They will also be able to demonstrate experience in designing and carrying out research with empirical methodologies (e.g. multimodal methods, involving big/thick data) used for studying the complex processes of learning, interaction and/or communication. The successful applicant will work in collaboration with the LeaF infrastructure (www.oulu.fi/leaf-eng). S/he will produce new research findings and results on what skills and capabilities people need to cope and function in the new digital era, and explain how positive co-evolution between humans and emerging technologies can be made possible through processes of learning, interaction and/or communication.

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 GenZ tenure track positions will become a part of a major expansion of the university’s profiling area Generation Z and beyond: Co-evolution of human capabilities and intelligent technologies in the 21st century. They are expected to develop a rigorous, nationally and internationally recognized research program 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. The positions also include a start-up package for establishing a research team, which will be negotiated with the successful applicant and be dependent on the applicant’s career level.

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 program,
  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 (MA, M.Ed., M.Sc. & Ph.D.) 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. Shortlisted candidates will be evaluated by other academic experts outside the University of Oulu.

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

Assistant Professor
: The position of an Assistant Professor is initially a fixed-term position for five years. The position is available for applicants who have finished their doctoral dissertation less than ten years ago and are advancing towards a professional research career. 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 in different institutions including international professional experience;
  • Demonstrable development of skills is the prerequisite 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 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 15 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
  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 August-September 2019 or as agreed. A six-month trial period will be applied in the positions.

For further information:

Questions concerning the project’s research focus and its activities, please contact the project’s director, Prof. Pentti Haddington, Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Literature Research Unit, pentti.haddington(at)oulu.fi, phone: +358 (0)50 341 0347.
Questions concerning the application process and its schedule, please contact the project’s coordinator Lotta Haukipuro, lotta.haukipuro(at)oulu.fi, phone: +358 (0)29 448 3279.
www.oulu.fi/university/genz

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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