Assistant or Associate Professor Position in Machine Learning for Wireless Systems


Machine learning and edge intelligence are some of the key technical enablers for realizing 5G, and later on 6G. 6G Flagship operated at the University of Oulu is the first public 6G research programme globally. During the first two years of its operation, the programme has produced more than 1,000 scientific publications and 50 doctoral theses. At the same time, the Flagship team has grown to 300 researchers, originally from more than 50 different countries. 6G Flagship has also produced a dozen 6G white papers on critical areas of 6G. The programme is also very active in organizing leading scientific events for discussing various aspects related to future mobile systems. As a result, 6G Flagship has become the world leader in 6G research with a significant number of industrial collaborators. Experts trained at the University of Oulu are desired partners in international projects and respected academics within the global research community. More information about our recent activities can be found at 6gchannel.com and 6gflagship.com.

To strengthen the 6G Flagship team, the University of Oulu announces the following tenure track position:

Assistant or Associate Professor Position in Machine Learning for Wireless Systems

The position is directed to investigate design of fundamental theory and algorithms of machine learning applied in wireless communications and networks, its applications in sensing, and massive distributed networked applications. The tenure track position is open to highly talented researchers who hold a doctoral degree and have an excellent potential for an outstanding scientific career, and master one or more of the above-mentioned research topics. Furthermore she/he should be able to raise funding to build her/his research group within a few years thus supplementing the research portfolio of the faculty, research unit and 6G Science Flagship.

The position will start as tenure track from June 1, 2021, 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 Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE, http://www.oulu.fi/itee). The position can be placed in one of the following Research Units of ITEE depending on the elected candidate profiles: Center for Machine Vision and Signal Analysis (CMVS) (https://www.oulu.fi/cmvs/), Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) – Radio Technologies (RT), Centre for Wireless Communications  – Networks and Systems (NS)  (http://www.oulu.fi/cwc). The position is initially funded by the national Science Flagship focusing on 6G Technologies (https://www.oulu.fi/6gflagship/).

 

Job Responsibilities

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.

The position of an Assistant or an Associate Professor is initially a fixed-term position for five years. Career advancement in the tenure track system is based on assessments of the candidate’s performance and merits. The advancement assistant professor – associate 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.

 

Required Qualifications at Assistant Professor and Associate Professor Level of the Tenure Track:

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.

 

Assistant Professor:

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

  • Only doctors who have finished their doctoral degree less than ten years ago can be appointed to the position of an assistant professor;
  • The applicant has a doctoral degree in a relevant field and has research potential (publications, especially internationally refereed publications; participation in acquiring funding / funding granted);
  • The applicant is expected to have international collaboration record, ideally working in more than one research facility during one’s career (in most fields represented at the University of Oulu this signifies working abroad, in a different research institute or university, faculty or industry);
  • Experience in teaching and supervision of students.

 

Associate Professor:

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

  • The applicant has a doctoral degree in a relevant field;
  • Publications on an international level (dissemination, quality of the publication forums, references to the publications);
  • The applicant is expected to have international collaboration record, ideally working in more than one research facility during one’s career (in most fields represented at the University of Oulu this signifies working abroad, in a different research institute or university, faculty or industry);
  • Experience in teaching and supervision of students and pedagogical training.
  • Active role in the research training;
  • Acquisition of external research funding
  • An active role in the international scientific community, acknowledgements and awards.

 

What we offer

  • You will become a part of a highly talented research group, working on strategically and globally significant research area
  • You will receive support not only from your team and supervisor, but also from university´s wide variety of support services, so that you can excel in your research
  • In addition to modern research facilities, we offer you personnel benefits such as affordable sport services and salary payments for 12 months / year.
  • 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 and 4300–6000 €/month for an associate professor. A trial period of six months is applied in the position.
  • Other benefits: 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 using the electronic application form by 15th of January, 2021.

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 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) complete 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) applicant’s vision how to renovate this field of science and a brief research and action plan (max 4 pages)

8) 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 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:

Prof. Matti Latva-aho, Director of 6G Flagship
phone: +358 294 482847
email: matti.latva-aho@oulu.fi

Prof. Jari Iinatti, Head of CWC–NS Research Unit
phone: +358 294 482822
email: jari.iinatti@oulu.fi

Prof. Markku Juntti, Head of CWC–RT Research Unit
phone: +358 294 482834
email: markku.juntti@oulu.fi

Prof. Olli Silvén, Head of CMVS Research Unit
phone: +358 294 482788
email: olli.silven@oulu.fi

 

 

About Oulu, Finland

Finland is full of comfortable and little towns and cities like Oulu. Oulu is probably the best place to live in Finland. We have wonderful nature, a safe environment and clean tap water, highly educated people, vivid cultural life and friendly easy-going atmosphere.

Around the World, Finland is known as one of the best places to live is as the World Happiness Report again confirmed in 2019. However, Finland is not only the happiest but also one of safest societies and most equal societies due to its modern welfare system.

Finland has a unique combination of accommodating high-tech cities and cozy rural towns where traffic jams rarely occur and biking is a safe means of transportation in all four seasons. The city of Oulu by the sea has excellent schools, a vivid cultural life, clean nature and an easy-going atmosphere attracting leading experts, students and families with children. Oulu is also known as a high technology hub, “The home of 5G”.

More about Oulu: https://visitoulu.fi/en/

 

 



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