The University of Oulu is an international research and innovation university engaged in multidisciplinary basic research and academic education. It is one of the largest universities in Finland with 14 000 students and 3 000 employees. By combining multidisciplinary research and education, high-level infrastructure and wide cooperation with international research and educational institutes, companies and the public sector it has created a significant research and innovation hub of “Science with Arctic Attitude”. More information http://www.oulu.fi/english/.
Digital Health (DigiHealth) research programme and Hub is part of the University of Oulu’s national profiling actions. It is designed to do world-class interdisciplinary research and become nationally the strongest research programme strengthening health care services, diagnostics and therapies in the new digital era. The primary aim of DigiHealth is to develop and validate novel digital technologies for data-driven health applications, valorizing University of Oulu’s strong expertise in medicine, wireless solutions, big data analytics and business. The programme’s focus is crucial as novel 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 to be utilized for data-driven health applications. Several international breakthroughs are expected within the DigiHealth related to development and application of novel digitalized solutions to predict progression of diseases and in offering personalized therapies in a cost-effective and patient-centric way. New discoveries in the programme will build on interdisciplinary collaboration providing transformative knowledge aiming to strengthen the health technology ecosystem of Oulu.
Specific research areas of the DigiHealth are:
1) Next-generation data for digital healthcare focusing on bioinformatics and novel biosensors,
2) Wireless system level architectures for future digital healthcare,
3) AI-based solutions to support personalized clinical diagnostic or therapeutic decisions,
4) Systematic impact creation and health technology assessment
The DigiHealth includes four faculties (Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, and Oulu Business School) and 31 Principal Investigators linked to four above-mentioned research areas.
Within the above mentioned Digihealth programme, the University of Oulu announces the following two postdoctoral researcher positions for highly talented individuals who hold a doctoral degree and have excellent potential for a successful scientific career.
1) Postdoctoral Researcher of “Systematic Impact Creation in Digital Health”
2) Postdoctoral Researcher of “Health Technology Assessment in Digital Health”
Research in this fourth DigiHealth research area (impact/assessment) is performed currently in three faculties (Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, and Oulu Business School) and above-mentioned positions are expected to be located within the research groups in the Oulu Business School and in the Faculty of Medicine. However, the final host faculty will be identified based on the specific research expertise of the successful applicant.
Expected research topics
First postdoctoral researcher position in “Systematic impact creation in digital health” is directed towards creating new approaches to evaluate systemic impact of the developed digital health solutions and services. The impact analysis covers
1) system level impacts, such as impacts to service system, economic and societal impacts and impacts on businesses, and 2) impacts to the behavior, value and service experience of crucial actors, e.g. health care professionals and patients.
The second postdoctoral researcher position in “Health Technology Assessment in Digital Health” is directed towards creating novel Health Technology Assessment (HTA) approaches to evaluate the effects of new medical information systems in the next generation care pathways. HTA focus is targeted to usability, user experience and utility issues as well as to clinical effectiveness analysis. Rapid progress in mobileHealth, robotics together with AI, wireless communication and fast networks (5G/6G) require adaptation of appropriate HTA methodologies to new areas like security, safety, regulatory and ethical issues.
Both postdoctoral researchers are expected to collaborate within the DigiHealth consortium e.g. in advanced research topics like co-creating medical solutions for the next generation decision support systems and personalized medical services in the future hospital concept. While there are two positions with different profiles, the applicant should mention, which of those above mentioned position he/she is interested.
The duration of the positions is initially for 2 years.
The starting date is 1st January 2020, or later by mutual agreement with the successful applicant.
Required Qualifications and assessment
The successful applicant must hold a recent PhD degree. Candidates whose PhD thesis has been submitted by the application deadline will also be eligible. The applicants should have experience from the social and health care sector. Also, sufficient understanding about the technological and systemic change in the sector is required. For the position no 1, the applicant should have sufficient expertise in business research and for the position 2 the applicant should understand HTA methodologies. Fluent oral and written English skills as well as good communication and teamwork skills are required.
When assessing the applicant’s qualifications, issues to be considered will include scientific publications, supervision experience, activity in the international scientific community and familiarity with the research field. As part of the research groups, the duties may include supervising scientific research of BSc, MSc, and PhD students, therefore teaching experience will be taken as merit. Participation in acquiring supplementary funding will be expected.
Salary: The salary is in accordance with the University salary system (for teaching and research personnel) level 5. In addition, there is a share increase at most, 50% of the base salary, which is based on personal achievements and performance.
Application: Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted electronically by 1st November 2019.
The application should be written in English and the following must be included:
1) A letter of application 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) A list of publications
4) A brief account of research and teaching merits, if any (max. 2 page)
5) A brief research and action plan (max. 1 page)
A six-month trial period will be effective in the beginning of a contract.
The applicant should include information, which postdoctoral position he/she is interested in.
Interview: The top candidates for the post may be interviewed and asked to present their scientific work and experience.
For further information and enquiries about this post and the application and selection procedures, please contact:
Professor Timo Koivumäki,
Oulu Business School, University of Oulu, Finland
Professor of Practice Maritta Perälä-Heape
Center for Health Technology,
Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Finland
Professor of Practice Jarmo Reponen
Research Unit of Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology
Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Finland
Other benefits: Finland is one of the most dynamic countries, with a high quality of life, high safety standards, an excellent education system, and a 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 also receive all the benefits provided by the Finnish government for residents, e.g., access to the national health care system, tax benefits for employees with children and high-quality, affordable childcare services.
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 a very safe and family friendly community with one of the highest qualities of life in all of Scandinavia. 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 favorite 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 marvelous place to live, work and enjoy a vibrant academic community. Welcome to the home of science with Arctic Attitude!