Tenure Track Associate Professor or Full Professor of Analogue and Mixed-Signal Microelectronic Circuit Design University of Oulu Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Finland

Tenure Track Associate or Full Professor of Analogue and Mixed-Signal Microelectronic Circuit Design


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, and encompasses ten fields of study: Architecture, Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, the Humanities, Education, Economics and Business Studies, Science, Medicine and Dentistry, Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Technology and Mining. For more information, see http://www.oulu.fi/english/.


The following position is open in the University of Oulu:


Tenure Track Associate Professor or Full Professor of Analogue and Mixed-Signal Microelectronic Circuit Design


The position is located in the Circuits and Systems (CAS) research unit, see http://www.oulu.fi/infotech/annual_report/2015/cas, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE, see http://www.oulu.fi/itee). The unit’s current field of research is the design of electronic and optoelectronic circuits and systems, the main topics being time-to-digital converters and timing circuits, radio telecommunications electronics, semiconductor devices and driver electronics for high-speed electrical optical transmitters, electronics for laser ranging and optical spectroscopy. The CAS research unit is affiliated to the Centre of Excellence in Laser Scanning Research (funded by the Academy of Finland, 2014-2019, see http://www.fgi.fi/coelasr/). The unit currently consists of 2 professors (Juha Kostamovaara, Timo Rahkonen) and ~20 staff members.


The tenure-track position in microelectronics circuit design is directed towards  analogue and mixed-signal circuit design in modern CMOS microelectronic technologies.


The tenure track position will start 1.8.2018, or later by mutual agreement with the successful applicant. Researchers appointed to tenure track positions may advance their career through the tenure track process and be appointed to a permanent position as a full professor or distinguished professor.


The tenure track position is open to highly talented individuals who hold a doctor’s degree and have excellent potential for a successful scientific career. The successful applicant will be placed at the appropriate professor level in the four-level tenure track system (http://www.oulu.fi/university/node/38379).


Responsibilities and Required Qualifications: A person at any level in the academic tenure track system is expected to conduct world-class scientific research, to be competitive in attracting external funding, to publish in leading journals and conference reports, to supervise CAS’s doctoral students, to be an active member of the international scientific community and to create and teach related BSc and MSc courses.


Required qualifications and career advancement at each tenure track level: Career advancement in the tenure track system is based on assessments of the candidate’s performance and merits.


The position of associate or full professor is initially a fixed term of five years, but a continuation period may be granted, or else the position may be made permanent. Continuation in the position requires meeting the criteria listed below in addition to successful research work, as indicated in the University of Oulu Tenure Track guidelines: http://www.oulu.fi/university/node/38379.


Applicants for an associate or full professorship are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • publications at an international level: dissemination, quality of the publication forums, references to the publications
  • sound practical experience of  circuit design in modern microelectronic technologies and a thorough knowledge of circuit design CAD
  • knowledge and experience in the research fields of the CAS group will be considered advantageous but not obligatory
  • active role in the training of researchers
  • teaching experience and pedagogic training, ability to produce teaching material, other merits as a teacher, teaching demonstrations
  • acquisition of external funding
  • active role in the international scientific community
  • scientific work abroad, international positions, and leadership and interaction skills
  • acknowledgements and awards.

The position of a Full Professor requires a doctoral degree, high-level scientific competence, experience in leading scientific research, ability to provide high-level research-based teaching and to supervise final theses, and merit in international co-operation projects in his/her field of expertise. The position of a Full professor also requires the ability to act as an academic leader.


Salary: The salary of the appointee will be based on the demand level chart for teaching and research staff in Finnish Universities. In addition to the basic salary for the appropriate tenure track level, a supplementary salary will be paid for personal achievement and performance, rising to a maximum of 46.3% of the basic salary level for the post. The salary will thus be roughly 4,100 - 5,400 €/month for an associate professor and 5600–8300€/month for a full professor. The appointed Full professor will also be supported by the creation of a 4-year doctoral student position funded by the Faculty of ITEE.


Other benefits: Finland is one of the most dynamic countries, with a high quality of life, high safety standards, an excellent education system, and a competitive economy. 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 also receive all the benefits provided by the Finnish government for residents, e.g. access to the national health care system, tax benefits for employees with children and high-quality, affordable childcare services.


Applications: Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted electronically by 31.1.2018.


The application should be written in English and the following must be included:

1) an letter of application 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) a list of publications, with the 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) details regarding the acquisition of research funds
7) a brief research and action plan (max. 3 pages)
8) contact details of 2–4 persons from whom recommendations would be available.


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 information and announcements concerning the official selection procedures to be followed when filling this post, applicants must inform the University of Oulu of their contact details for the whole duration of the selection process: more specifically, they must provide both their home and work telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, and postal addresses.


For further information and enquiries about this post and the application and selection procedures, please contact:


Prof. Juha Kostamovaara

Head, Circuits and Systems Research Unit

Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

P.O.B. 4500, FI-90014 University of Oulu

phone: +358 40 5000 849

email: juha.kostamovaara@oulu.fi 


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