Tenure Track Position in Gamification Tampere University of Technology Finland

Tampere University of Technology (TUT) is an active scientific community of 2,000 employees and more than 10,000 students. The University operates in the form of a foundation and has a long-standing tradition of collaboration with other research institutions and business life. Many of the fields of research and study represented at the University play a key role in addressing global challenges. Internationality is an inherent part of all the University's activities. Welcome to join us at TUT! 

The University of Turku is a world-class multidisciplinary research university which offers interesting challenges and a unique vantage point to national and international research and education.

Tenure track (Gamification)

The tenure track position is shared between Tampere University of Technology and the University of Turku. It supports the co-operation in teaching and research in the area of gamification between the two universities. 

The professorship is especially associated with the TUT Game Lab (Pori Department, TUT) and the Digital Culture research group of the Cultural Production and Landscape Studies degree programme (School of History, Culture and Arts Studies, UTU). These research groups currently have five on-going research projects related to games and playing. 

The TUT Game Lab brings together learning scientists, developers and humanists to conduct research and develop new ways of utilizing games in learning. The aim is to develop and study high-impact digital games that address real world challenges. 

The main research objectives of TUT Game Lab are: 
- Developing scientifically justified games to demonstrate and conduct research 
- Studying the impact of educational games 
- Exploring ways to combine learning and assessment in games 
- Studying and modelling the playing experience 

The Digital Culture research group (UTU) has three research focuses: 
- cultural appropriation of technologies 
- social media 
- game cultures. 

The Digital Culture research group specializes in the study of the cultural history of digital games and the uses of digital game histories in contemporary culture (so-called “history culture”). Furthermore, the research group has participated in various digital game exhibition projects as well as practical game design and gamification projects combining digital and non-digital elements. Digital Culture is a part of the Cultural Production and Landscape Studies degree programme which also incorporates two other major subjects: Cultural Heritage Studies and Landscape Studies.

Job description:

We invite applications for one (1) tenure track position in the area of Gamification. 

The area of gamification covers: 
- research of games and gamification 
- games and playing as a cultural phenomenon 
- game mechanisms, edugames and pervasive playing 
- utilization of games in business, e.g. in new products and services 

The emphasis of the position can be tailored according to the specific expertise of the candidate. Suitable educational and research backgrounds for the position include e.g. media studies, cultural studies, information technology and business and management. 

The successful candidate is expected to: 
- pursue and supervise scientific research in the field 
- lead, conduct and develop education in the field 
- participate in the activities of the national and international scientific communities 
- acquire external funding 
- interact with society 
- commit to the strategies of TUT and UTU. 

The successful candidate will participate in teaching both in the master’s degree programme in Management and Information Technology (TUT) as well as the subject of Digital Culture (UTU) by integrating the gamification theme into the existing course selection, in particular. Supervising theses and conducting doctoral seminars are also essential areas of responsibility. 

The position will be filled at the level of Associate Professor. 

The successful candidate will be employed by TUT. For more information on TUT's tenure track career system, please refer to www.tut.fi/openpositions – Tenure track.

Requirements:

All candidates considered for a tenure track position are expected to: 
- hold an applicable doctoral degree 
- demonstrate a record of achievement in research that meets high international standards in the field of gamification 
- demonstrate the capacity for independent scholarly activity 
- possess the teaching skills required for the successful performance of their duties and 
- have the ability to co-operate in a multidisciplinary university environment and with industry. 

We appreciate experience and a track record in acquiring research funding, along with collaboration and leadership positions in research networks and industry. 

For more information on the criteria for each level of TUT’s tenure track, please refer to www.tut.fi/openpositions – Tenure track.

We offer:

Both TUT and UTU have ambitious and challenging goals in effective, high-quality research, education and social influence. We offer an active research community with a good team spirit, intense cooperation with industry and business, public organizations and students, and opportunities for growth and advancement in academia. Our international cooperation is active and recognized, both in research and education. 

We offer the successful candidate an opportunity to contribute to the creation of a new research area that combines gamification with areas such as cultural studies, information technology and business. 

TUT offers a wide range of staff benefits, such as occupational health care. Since 2014, TUT has held the European Commission HR Excellence in Research recognition. 

For more information, please visit www.tut.fi/en – About TUT – Careers at TUT 
(http://www.tut.fi/en/about-tut/careers-at-tut/index.htm)
(http://www.tut.fi/en/about-tut/quality-assurance/hr-excellence-in-research

Salary:

The salary will be based on both the job demands and the employee's personal performance in accordance with the Finnish University Salary System (YPJ). 

The advertised position is typically placed on the job demand level 7 (Associate Professor). In addition, the employees receive performance-based salary and they are covered by TUT’s bonus system.

Trial period:

The appointment is subject to the satisfactory completion of a trial period of four months.

Other:

The position will be filled for a fixed-term period of four years. The appointment is expected to begin on 1 December 2016 or as mutually agreed. 

The duties are mainly located on the Pori campus in close co-operation with the main campuses in Tampere and Turku. 

For the candidates with the most potential for the position, the selection process will involve an external assessment, individual interviews, aptitude assessments and a trial lecture.

For more information, please contact:

Director of University Consortium of Pori, Professor Jari Multisilta, e-mail: jari.multisilta@tut.fi, tel. +358 40 826 2910. Best availability for enquiries: 7 July–15 July and 1 August- 10 August. 

In questions concerning the recruitment process, please contact HR Specialist 
Eveliina Nurmi, e-mail. eveliina.nurmi@tut.fi, tel. +358 50 3015253. Best availability for enquiries: 15 June – 8 July and 8 August-10 August.

How to apply:

Applications must be submitted through TUT’s online employment system. The closing date for applications is 10 August 2016 (10:00 pm UTC). All applications and supporting documents must be submitted in English. 

The applications must include the following documents prepared according to TUT’s instructions: 
1. Curriculum Vitae (.doc or .pdf) 
2. Research plan 
3. List of publications 
4. Teaching portfolio 
5. References

Additional information on TUT's tenure track system and attachments to applications.


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