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University of Oulu
Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professorship in Mathematics with emphasis on Mathematical Analysis
University of Oulu
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Application deadline: Mar 24
Location: Oulu, Finland
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Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professorship in Mathematics with emphasis on Mathematical Analysis

The University of Oulu in Northern Finland, with approximately 16 000 students and 3000 employees, is an international, multidisciplinary research university with a rich pool of creative and intellectual talent. The strengths of the University are broad multidisciplinary research interests, modern research and study environment and wide cooperation with international research and educational institutes (http://www.oulu.fi/english/).

The Faculty of Science at the University of Oulu is announcing an open tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professorship in Mathematics with emphasis on Mathematical Analysis. The position is located at the Mathematical Sciences Research Unit, which has an internationally strong position at the forefront of research in its focus areas. The research unit is a partner in two Finnish centres of excellence in research, funded by the Academy of Finland (http://wiki.helsinki.fi/display/andy/Home and https://wiki.helsinki.fi/display/inverse/Home).

A person who is appointed to a tenure-track position is employed as an Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in the tenure-track system of the university (http://www.oulu.fi/university/node/38379), depending on the merits and qualifications of the applicant, and is expected to qualify as full professor after 1 – 2 five-year periods. To develop his/her research, the new Assistant or Associate Professor will receive an additional two-year starting grant from the Faculty of Science.

An Assistant Professor is employed for five years, during which his/her performance will be evaluated according to the criteria of the tenure-track system of the university. Successful rating in the assessment leads to a new fixed-term employment contract as Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, the overall aim being a permanent position as Professor. Alternatively, the appointee to an Associate Professorship can be employed on an open-ended basis.

Subject field and description

Mathematics with emphasis on Mathematical Analysis.

It is considered as an advantage if the research of the applicant is related to the focus research areas of the unit in mathematical analysis including dynamical systems, fractal geometry, geometric measure theory, non-commutative geometry, random structures and probability. Exceptionally strong applicants in other areas can also be considered, provided they have the capacity to support existing research directions.

Duties

The new Assistant or Associate Professor will be responsible for developing research, teaching and supervision of the Research Unit. In addition to this, administrative duties are included in the annual 1,624 working hours. The teaching duties will not exceed 30 % of the working time.

Eligibility

A Ph.D. in Mathematics or equivalent, as well as post-doctoral experience are required. Primarily, the applicants should have attained a Ph.D. no more than ten years before the end of the application period.

According to the Government Decree on Universities, Assistant and Associate Professors must be proficient in Finnish. They must also have at least satisfactory spoken and written skills in Swedish. Foreign citizens, non-native Finnish citizens or citizens who have not been educated in Finnish or Swedish may be exempted from this requirement without a separate application.

Grounds of assessment

Special emphasis will be given to research expertise within the subject field, demonstrated by an outstanding international publication record. Pedagogical expertise, including teaching experience, pedagogical training and the skill to create teaching material, is of significant importance.

The candidates are expected to have experience from research environments other than the University of Oulu. Work abroad and other international experience will be regarded as an asset.

The candidates are expected to be able to renew their research activities as well as those of the research unit and to establish independent research directions. The long-term development potential as well as the ability to establish and develop research collaboration are significant. Any evidence of acquiring external research funding will also be significant.

The potential to develop and lead research activities is important, including knowledge about matters of diversity and equal treatment, with particular focus on gender equality.

Salary

The salary of an Assistant Professor will be based on levels 5 – 6, and that of an Associate Professor on levels 6 – 7, of the requirement level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition to the basic salary, the appointee will be paid a salary component based on personal work performance with a maximum of 46.3 % of the basic salary. The full salary is approximately 3,500 – 4,500 euros per month for an Assistant Professor and 4,000 – 5,200 euros per month for an Associate Professor.

Reviewer Assessment

A recruitment committee will take care of the evaluation process. The minimum of two external reviewers will be consulted regarding to the selection process. The top candidates will be interviewed by the recruitment committee.

Application

Applications must be accompanied by the following English-language documents:

1) Brief curriculum vitae, compiled in accordance with the instructions (see below);

2) List of publications classified as follows:

A. Peer-reviewed scientific articles

Original journal articles, review articles, literature reviews, systematic reviews, sections and chapters in scientific books and conference proceedings etc.

B. Non-refereed scientific articles

Non-refereed journal articles, book sections and non-refereed conference proceedings etc.

C. Publications intended for professional communities

Articles in trade journals, articles in professional manuals or guides, textbook materials, professional conference proceedings, published development or research reports etc.

D. Patents and invention disclosures

3) Teaching merits of relevance to the post concerned are requested to be presented in the form of a teaching portfolio, or a comparable document. The portfolio or other document should follow the table of contents presented on.

4) Brief research and teaching action plan (max. two pages) with a special emphasis on how the plan benefits the research in the field

Applicants are kindly asked to prepare for the situation in which, after the closing of the application period, the Faculty might request them to submit 10 publications of their choice to be sent to the reviewers for assessment. When requested, the publications should be submitted as PDF files.

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using electronic application form by 24 March, 2017.

Contact information

Professor Esa Läärä, Head of the Mathematical Sciences Research Unit, tel. +358 (0)29 448 1828, e-mail: esa.laara(at)oulu.fi.

Head of Administration Tiina Pääkkönen, email: tiina.paakkonen(at)oulu.fi

Contents and the order of presenting merits

To ensure equal and fair evaluation of the researcher's merits, the following order of presentation is recommended in the CV:

1. Full name and date

  • surname (also earlier surnames), given names
  • gender
  • date of writing the CV

2. Date and place of birth, nationality, current residence

  • date and place of birth
  • citizenship
  • current residence (contact details, if necessary)

3. Education and degrees awarded

  • degree title (most recent first), educational institution, major subject, graduation date, contact details to facilitate verification of the highest degree earned
  • title of docent: field, university and date when conferred

4. Other education and training, qualifications and skills

  • other studies aiming at a degree, qualifications or supplementary education and training: name of educational or training programme, extent of education and training, organiser, start and completion (estimated) date of education or training
  • other skills

5. Language skills

6. Current position

  • current position, employer and place of work, start and end date of employment relation (possible part-time nature of work must be stated, brief job description if necessary)
  • research career phase if not directly evident from the foregoing: 1) First Stage Researcher or doctoral student; 2) Recognized Researcher or post-doctoral researcher; 3) Established or independent researcher; 4) Leading Researcher or professor/research)
  • grant researcher: source of funding, purpose of grant and funding period
  • full-time student: institution and major subject
  • secondary occupation, additional work experience, other commitments and potential conflicts of interest relevant to the application (e.g. commitments in a company)

7. Previous work experience

  • earlier employment relations and grant periods (the most recent one first) incl. longer-term visits abroad: job description, employer and place of work or funding organisation, start and end date of the employment relation (possible part-time nature of work must be stated, brief job description if necessary)
  • earlier secondary occupations, additional work experience, other commitments and potential conflicts of interest relevant to the application (e.g. commitments in a company)
  • career breaks: family leaves, military or non-military service terms, other leaves of absence (with start and end dates), other reasons

NB The inclusion of the above data is optional, but it may have a positive impact on the evaluation of applications and the eligibility of the researcher, for instance, when the application presumes a specific career stage.

8. Research funding as well as leadership and supervision

  • major research funding (grants and appropriations): source of funding, funding period and amount of funding
  • role in the preparation of funding applications for a research group (name of principal investigator)
  • leadership in research work
  • supervision of post-doc researchers (number of supervised researchers or their names and graduation dates), supervisory role (main/primary/responsible or secondary supervisor)
  • experience as officially appointed supervisor to undergraduate and post-graduate students/doctoral students (cf. above)

9. Merits in teaching and pedagogical competence (if required, complement by submitting a teaching portfolio)

  • pedagogical training and competence
  • involvement in curriculum planning and the implementation of courses: subject, including subject, study hours, course level and duration
  • development of teaching methods
  • supervision of theses
  • merits in the training of responsible conduct of research and innovation practices (subject, study hours, course level and duration)
  • teaching awards

10. Awards, prizes and honours

  • awards, prizes and honours granted for scientific, artistic or research merits or on the basis of the recipient’s academic career

11. Other academic merits

  • service as a pre-examiner or as an opponent of a doctoral dissertation, as a member in dissertation committees (abroad)
  • evaluation of academic/scientific or artistic competence (e.g. title of docent)
  • member of international peer evaluation committees of funding applications (e.g. European Research Council)
  • memberships and positions of trust in scientific and scholarly societies
  • membership in national or international expert groups , evaluation or steering committees, as well as other expert duties
  • positions as editor-in-chief, editor, or member of editorial boards of scientific and scholarly journals and publication series
  • referee for scientific and scholarly journals
  • administrative responsibilities at higher education institutions or at research organisations, responsibilities in the higher education community
  • invited keynote lectures abroad

12. Scientific and societal impact of research

  • total number of publications and, e.g., 10 most important and/or most cited publications according to a relevant database (a list of publications according to the Publication Type Classification used by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture as a separate attachment)
  • artistic works and processes
  • merits related to the production and distribution of research results and research data
  • merits related to the application of research results
  • invention disclosures, patents and other commercialisation-related merits (e.g. spin-off companies and trademarks)
  • merits in science communication and expert assignments in the media

13. Positions of trust in society and other societal merits

  • significant positions of trust, expert duties and assignments (also research-based policy-advice tasks)
  • other social merits, honours, medals, decorations and Finnish military rank (optional)

14. Other merits

Teaching portfolio, table of contents

Teaching skills will be evaluated according to the outline below:

  1. Teaching philosophy, teaching strategies and methods
  • Teacher’s self-reflection on his/her teaching style, a personal background idea of teaching; how are these reflected in teaching work?
  • a description of oneself as a teacher and an implementer of educational work
  1. Practical experience in teaching and efforts to improve teaching
  2. Description of educational material (curricula, handouts, assignments, workbooks)
  3. Professional development as a teacher
  4. Evaluation from teaching (student evaluations, peer evaluations, awards and assessed test lectures)
  5. Future teaching goals and plans
  • teacher’s plans for future directions in his/her teaching development, for example in relation to the teaching curriculum of the research

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