Two University Lecturer Positions in Physics

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Two University Lecturer positions are open in the Physics degree program, which is a part of the Faculty of Science educational curriculum. Depending on the candidate’s area of expertise, the positions will be hosted by the Nano and Molecular Systems (NANOMO), NMR or Space Physics and Astronomy Research Unit. The three units are responsible for providing the Physics education in the University of Oulu and carry out international research on the specific fields of Physics. The associated research of a successful applicant has to be well integrated to at least one of the units.

NANOMO ( is a highly international research environment presently formed by 4 prof./tenure track PI’s  and around 50 other researchers. The main external funding sources are the European Union ERC, Horizon2020 programs and ERDF funds, the Academy of Finland and the China Scholarship Council. The unit coordinates Finnish national participation in the MAX IV synchrotron facility and contributes to the EU-XFEL project.  The research topics include electronic structure research especially in clusters and nanoparticles, atmospheric research, functional materials (steel, CO2 negative materials, nanocatalytes for sustainability), biomedical research, mesoscopic quantum structures in materials, and physics didactics research.

NMR Research Unit ( is an internationally established team of about 20 people, of which 50% with a PhD degree. We develop experimental, theoretical and computational research methods based on magnetic resonance phenomena and apply those methods to topical problems in molecular and materials sciences. Our particular strength is in the tight connection between state-of-the-art measurements and calculations. We have an open and encouraging working atmosphere and have a substantial track record in successful funding applications both at the Academy of Finland and in EU programs.

Space Physics and Astronomy Research Unit has three high-level international research groups and about 35 researchers. Ionospheric Physics ( studies how the Sun and the solar wind affect the ionosphere-thermosphere system of the Earth.  Space Climate ( conducts research on solar variability and its effects on the Sun, heliosphere and the near-Earth environment. Astronomy studies both solar system and extragalactic targets (www. All the research groups utilize international state-of-the-art infrastructure (e.g. EISCAT, ESO, Swarm and Cassini) and have strong international networks. Main external funding comes from EU, ESA and Academy of Finland projects.


Job descriptions and obligations

The education-oriented positions are directed to Physics teaching on basic and advanced study levels, including lecturing to both Finnish and international students, and to Physics research. The positions also include responsibilities to develop the degree programme in present challenging environment of local and global student flows. Important aspects are open education, student supervision, development of intersectoral connections and lifelong learning. The candidates are requested to present an adequate and realistic plan for the development ideas and outcomes. The successful candidates are also expected to be active in participation to national and international funding applications and projects for Physics or related thematic education development programs and strengthening the attractiveness of the curriculum. Duties may include creating and sustaining connections to other curricula, universities and universities of applied sciences.  

The successful candidates are expected to supervise BSc and MSc thesis, which are related to research in the research units, teacher education, and research carried out by collaboration networks (other research organizations and private sector). As a member of a research unit, the duties also include research in specific field and supervising PhD students.


Required qualifications and assessment criteria

Fluency in both written and spoken Finnish and English, as well as strong communication and teamwork skills are required. Assessment of the applicants’ qualifications will be based on the following criteria: education development plan and research plan, teaching experience and pedagogical training, scientific publications, thesis supervision, administrative experience, activity in the scientific community, national and international mobility, and other international activities. Applicant is expected to hold a PhD degree in Physics (or a related discipline) and have demonstrable qualifications in teaching and research, as indicated in the attachments to the application. Shown potential in acquiring supplementary funding will be taken as a strong merit in the assessment.


Terms of employment

The starting date for the post is as soon as possible or as agreed. The positions are full-time. One of the positions will be permanent and one for 5 years. The salary will be based on the job demand level 6-7 of the salary system for teaching and research staff in use in Finnish universities. In addition, based on personal work performance, a supplementary salary up to 50 % of the job demand level will be added.



Please send your application and the appendices using the electronic SAIMA application form by 28.3.2020 23.59 (Finnish local time).

In your application, please provide the following information:


  1. Cover/motivation letter including statement if the application is for the permanent position, for the 5-year position or for both positions (maximum 1 pages).
  2. Curriculum vitae (following the template for researcher's curriculum vitae
  3. Teaching portfolio (maximum 3 pages) including the following sections: 1. Teaching philosophy and characterization of yourself as a teacher; 2. Teaching experience (including thesis supervision, creation or upgrading course material, course development); 3. Pedagogical studies and maintenance of your teaching skills; 4. Educational leadership; 5. Feedback received on your teaching (student and peer assessments, awards and approved teaching demonstrations).
  4. Development plan for Physics education and curriculum (maximum 2 pages).
  5. List of publications compiled in accordance with the instructions of the Academy of Finland (
  6. Research plan and description of research interests (maximum 2 pages), clearly indicating which Research Unit the applicant wishes to be placed in, and how the planned research will support research in this unit. List of collaborators/collaboration networks should be included.
  7. Names and contact information of maximum two persons that could be contacted for possible references.


Top candidates will be interviewed and may be invited to give a demonstration lesson.


Additional information:

Professor Anita Aikio (Space Physics and Astronomy), anita.aikio (at)

Professor Marko Huttula (NANOMO), marko.huttula (at)

Professor Ville-Veikko Telkki (NMR), ville-veikko.telkki (at)

Director of Physics degree program Seppo Alanko, seppo.alanko (at)


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