Project coordinator

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 faculties: 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. Sustainable materials and systems, 2. Lifelong health, 3. Digitalization and smart society, 4. Changing climate and northern environment, 5. Understanding humans in change. Collaboration across scientific fields is strongly encouraged ad supported within the University. More information


INTERACT research unit (Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu, Finland, has an opening for one (1) project coordinator position in TIKO-Silta project.

The objective of the project is to facilitate collaboration between senior high schools and higher education institutions. Collaboration in IT education will be used as a specific case, while the results should be utilizable also in other disciplines. In Finland, the law currently expects senior high schools to collaborate with higher education institutions. Even if there is already background in voluntary collaboration, there are still many challenges to be overcome and a need for a model for more systematic, sustainable, and enduring collaboration. There are resource constraints, geographical distances and a lack of communication channels to be considered, among others. The collaboration in IT education has so far been realized through higher education courses being open also for senior high school students; however, alternative, more versatile modes of collaboration need to be developed. Moreover, so far the IT education has too strongly focused on technical aspects and programming, while there is a need to better integrate human, organizational, business and design aspects into the IT education offered for high school students.

During the project, there will be active collaboration with numerous senior high schools in the Oulu area. A comprehensive study will be conducted about the current state, best practices and challenges as well as visions and goals in collaboration between high schools and higher education institutions, taking an education strategy perspective. The study will involve staff and students both from senior high schools and higher education institutions as well as personnel involved in educational administration. Afterwards, concrete guidelines and tools for facilitating further collaboration will be produced and piloted in collaboration with these stakeholders. This will involve use of various kinds of participatory design, value sensitive design and creative design research methods. Throughout the project, research data will be collected. The project coordinator is expected to have an interest to pursue a doctoral degree in Information Systems addressing the project topic and utilizing the research material collected in the project after the project has ended.


Conditions and requirements  

The project coordinator position is available for three years. There is a teaching obligation. The applicant must be able to speak Finnish at least with level C2 in CEFR scale. 

Starting salary will be based on the demand level 8 according to the university salary system for other staff of Finnish universities. The salary is paid for 12 months in a year. Additionally, the project coordinator is entitled to health care benefits. The successful candidate should have a Master's degree. Master’s students near completion can also apply. 


Application Procedure 

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using the electronic application system by March 1, 2020, 23:59 (Finnish local time). Applications sent by email will not be considered.


The following documents must be attached to the application:

1) a brief curriculum vitae

2) motivation letter,

3) a brief (maximum of 4 pages), tentative research plan on the project topic, in English.


Decisions will be made during March. The applicant should be able to start working 1.4.2020.

More information:
professor Netta Iivari, e-mail:



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