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. The University encompasses eight fields of study: Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Humanities, Education, Economics and Business, Science, Medicine and Dentistry, Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, and Technology. The University of Oulu researchers contribute to solving global challenges by combining multidisciplinary approaches, high level research and fruitful collaborations in the following five focus areas: 1. Creating sustainability through materials and systems, 2. Molecular and environmental basis for lifelong health, 3. Digital solutions in sensing and interactions, 4. Earth and near-space system and environmental change, 5. Understanding humans in change. Collaboration across scientific fields is strongly encouraged and supported within the University. More information http://www.oulu.fi/english/.
Digital Health (DigiHealth) research programme
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 applications 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.
In DigiHealth programme, we will open 4 tenure-track positions (including startup packages that includes funding for a postdoctoral fellow and a doctoral student) and 2 post-doc positions forming a cluster and hub that will fortify the DigiHealth research areas and their interdisciplinary research approaches for developing and validating digital technologies for data-driven health applications. The positions will be based at the above-mentioned faculties; the relevant host faculty will be identified based on the specific research area and the successful applicant’s expertise. For DigiHealth programme, University of Oulu announces the following tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor position for highly talented individuals who hold a doctoral degree and have excellent potential for a successful scientific career:
Tenure Track Assistant or Associate Professor of
“Wireless system level architecture for future digital healthcare”
The position is located in the Centre for Wireless Communications – Networks and Systems (CWC-NS) research unit, see http://www.oulu.fi/cwc/, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (see http://www.oulu.fi/itee). The Centre for Wireless Communications consists of two intertwined research groups, namely Centre for Wireless Communication – Radio Technologies (CWC-RT) and Centre for Wireless Communications – Networks and Systems (CWC-NS). Research at CWC focuses on signal processing and radio engineering, radio access and network technologies as well as future wireless internet. The main application areas include 5G and beyond, IoT, secure virtualized networks, disaster prevention and recovery ICT, medical ICT, smart energy grids and mobile clouds. CWC employs a staff of 170 including 10 professors. Its collaborative network includes several major companies and research universities. CWC plays a major role in the recently established Nokia Bell Labs and University of Oulu Joint Center for Future Connectivity. CWC’s high volume of competitive external funding from the Academy of Finland (equivalent to National Science Foundation), the European Commission (H2020) and Business Finland shows the strength of its research. CWC has a top-notch research infrastructure with radio frequency equipment and a 5G Test Network (http://5gtn.fi/), and is the main driver of 6G Flagship programme 6Genesis (http://www.oulu.fi/6gflagship/).
A tenure-track position in “Wireless system level architecture for future digital healthcare” is directed to investigate, apply, and design new wireless communications solutions for dependable end-to-end data transmission chains, seamlessly from in-body (even at outside the hospital) to an electronic health record (EHR), as well as educate students for this topic. Initially, a successful applicant is expected to have a substantial research track targeting dense heterogeneous communications systems connecting health/medical devices/things to the EHR. To achieve the goal, the applicant is expected to master either in-body, on-body, or off-body; and existing short-range communications solutions (e.g., BLE and IEEE802.15) and be capable of developing emerging 5G/6G solutions, such as ultra-reliable, secure, and high positioning capabilities through thorough understanding of the requirements of the underlying health applications. Standardization and integration knowledges are seen advantages. A strong track record in acquiring research funding and projects, cooperation with industry, as well as implementing research projects in the Medical IoT related tasks are important for successful applicants for the position.
The tenure track positions will start in spring 2020 by mutual agreement with the successful applicant. Researchers appointed to tenure track positions may advance their career through the tenure track process.
Responsibilities and Required Qualifications: A person at tenure track system is expected to conduct world-class scientific research, to be competitive in attracting external funding, to publish in leading scientific journals and conference reports, to supervise doctoral students, to be an active member of the international scientific community, and to create and teach related M.Sc. and D.Sc. level courses.
Required qualifications and career advancement at each tenure track level: Career advancement in the tenure track system is based on assessments of the candidate’s performance and merits.
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. The duration of the period is five years. The advancement assistant professor – associate professor – professor – distinguished professor is described in the University of Oulu Tenure Track guidelines: http://www.oulu.fi/university/node/38379. Being granted continuation for the position requires meeting the below-mentioned criteria as well as successful research work as indicated in the University of Oulu Tenure Track guidelines.
Applicants are evaluated on the following criteria:
- publications at an international level: dissemination, quality of the publication forums, references to the publications
- active role in the training of researchers
- teaching experience and pedagogic training, ability to produce teaching material, other merits as a teacher, teaching demonstrations
- acquisition of external funding
- active role in the international scientific community
- scientific work abroad, international positions, and leadership and interaction skills
- acknowledgements and awards.
The duration of the positions is initially for 5 years.
A six-month trial period will be effective in the beginning of a contract.
Salary: The salary of the appointee will be based on the demand level chart for teaching and research staff in Finnish Universities. In addition to the basic salary for the appropriate tenure track level, a supplementary salary will be paid for personal achievement and performance, rising to a maximum of 50% of the basic salary level for the post. The salary will thus be roughly 3500 – 5000 €/month for an assistant professor and 4400 – 5500 €/month for an associate professor. A candidate hired will also receive a start-up package that includes funding for hiring a postdoctoral fellow and a doctoral student.
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.
Applications: Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted electronically by 30 November, 2019.
The application should be written in English and the following must be included:
1) A letter of application with contact information. The application letter must include information on which tenure track level the applicant is to be evaluated, assistant professor or associate professor.
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, 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 2–4 persons from whom recommendations would be available.
Evaluators: The selection procedure will be carried out by an Appointment Committee according to the University of Oulu Tenure Track guidelines.
Contact details: In order to receive information and announcements concerning the official selection procedures to be followed when filling this post, applicants must inform the University of Oulu of their contact details for the whole duration of the selection process: more specifically, they must provide both their home and work telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, and postal addresses.
For further information and enquiries about this post and the application and selection procedures, please contact:
Prof. Jari Iinatti
Head, Centre for Wireless Communications - Networks and Systems
Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
P.O. Box 4500, FI-90014 University of Oulu, Finland
phone: +358 294482822, email: jari.iinatti(at)oulu.fi
Adj. Prof. Matti Hämäläinen
Centre for Wireless Communications - Networks and Systems
P.O. Box 4500, FI-90014 University of Oulu, Finland
phone: +358 294482856