Assistant Professor, Printed Photonics

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 ten fields of study: Architecture, Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Humanities, Education, Economics and Business, Science, Medicine and Dentistry, Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Technology and Mining. 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 ad supported within the University. More information

For strengthening its profile in ICT photonics at international level the University of Oulu announces the following  tenure track Assistant Professor position for highly talented individuals who hold a doctoral degree and have excellent potential for a successful scientific career:

Assistant Professor position in the field of Printed Photonics

The emphasis in this topic is on research and understanding of novel materials, structures and their versatile integration techniques with advance design and simulation approaches. The successful candidate is expected to have an excellent track record, innovative plan and vision which renovates this field of science and technology. Furthermore she/he should be able to raise funding to build her/his research group within a few years supplementing the research portfolio of the unit. .

The position will start as tenure track from May 1, 2020, or later according to mutual agreement with the successful applicant. The successful researchers appointed to a tenure track position may advance in their career through the tenure track process.

The position is placed at the Optoelectronics and Measurement Techniques Research Unit (OPEM), Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE, The research unit is a member of  ( and lead the Academy of Finland Research Infrastructure “Printed Intelligence Infrastructure” (PII-FIRI) stared in 2019.

Optoelectronics and Measurement Techniques Research Unit (OPEM, holds an established position as an internationally recognized research organization in the field of optical measurement technologies and additive manufacturing of optics and electronics.  In the latest international research assessment at the University of Oulu, OPEM’s scientific research was evaluated to the highest level. The education and research activities cover the topics such as printed electronics, electronics testing, industrial measurement techniques and biomedical measurements. OPEM is multidisciplinary research group which is actively collaborating with the best international research groups around the world (University College of London (UK), Moscow State University (Russia), University of Toronto (Canada), Tsukuba University (Japan)) including the large number of industrial partners. The majority of OPEM’s research is externally funded by the Academy of Finland, EU, and Business Finland (former Tekes). The research unit is the vibrant and inspiring multicultural team of young and motivated people with an access to modern and diverse research facilities and instruments.

Job Responsibilities and Required Qualifications: A person at any level of the academic tenure track system is expected to conduct outstanding world-class scientific research, to be competitive in attracting external funding, to publish in leading journals, to supervise doctoral students, to be an active member of the international scientific community, to create and teach related BSc and MSc level courses, and to exhibit academic leadership.

Required qualifications and career advancement at each level of the tenure track: Career advancement on the tenure track is based on performance assessments that measure the candidate’s merits.

The position of an Assistant Professor is initially a fixed-term position for three years. The successful researchers appointed to a tenure track position may advance in their career through the tenure track process and be eventually appointed to a Tenure Track Associate Professor position. 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. 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.  A 6-month trial period will be applied in the beginning of employment.

When appointing a person to the position of an Assistant Professor the applicants are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • publications on an international level: dissemination, quality of the publication forums, references to the publications
  • active role in the 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.

Salary: The salary of the appointed researcher will be based on the demand level chart for the teaching and research staff of Finnish Universities. In addition to the basic salary of the appropriate tenure track level, 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 salary range is roughly 3500 - 5000 €/month for an assistant professor.

Other benefits: Finland is one of the most livable countries, with a high quality of life, safety, excellent education system, and 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 receive also benefits provided by the Finnish government to residents, for example possibility to obtain access to the national healthcare 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 24.11.2019.

The application should be written in English and the following information needs to be included:

1) an application letter 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  and a template at

3) list of publications, 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) acquisition of research funds

7) a brief research and action plan (max 3 pages)

8) applicant’s vision how to renovate this field of science (max 1 page)

9) contact details of 2 - 4 persons available for recommendation.

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 the information and announcements concerning the official selection procedures to be followed in order to fill this post, applicants must inform OPEM of their contact details for the whole duration of the selection process: they must specifically provide both their home and work telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, and postal addresses.

For further information and enquiries about this post, and about the application and selection procedures, please contact:
Research unit leader, professor Tapio Fabritius
Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
P.O. Box 4500, FI-90014 University of Oulu
email: tapio.fabritius(at)

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