Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Small Power Self-Sufficient Sensor Systems University of Oulu Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Finland

Assistant professor (tenure track), Small power self-sufficient sensor systems


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 ten fields of study: Architecture, Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Humanities, Education, Economics and Business, Science, Medicine and Dentistry, Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Technology and Mining. 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. Creating sustainability through materials and systems, 2. Molecular and environmental basis for lifelong health, 3. Digital solutions in sensing and interactions, 4. Earth and near-space system and environmental change, 5. Understanding humans in change. Collaboration across scientific fields is strongly encouraged ad supported within the University. More information


For strengthening its profile in ICT electronics at international level the University of Oulu announces the following tenure track Assistant Professor position for highly talented individuals who hold a doctoral degree and have excellent potential for a successful scientific career:


Assistant Professor position in the field of small power self-sufficient sensor systems. The emphasis is on research and understanding of different energy harvesting schemes and their efficiency in variety of operating conditions, and develop energy efficient sensors, electronics and energy harvesters. The assistant professor would also contribute to the research objectives in wireless ICT applications. Background in multiphysical modelling is considered as an important tool for successful implementation of the position.


The position will start as tenure track from March 1, 2018, or later according to mutual agreement with the successful applicant. The researchers appointed to a tenure track position may advance in their career through the tenure track process and be appointed to a Tenure Track Associate Professor position or a Permanent Assistant Professor.


The position is placed at the Microelectronics Research Unit (MIC,, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE, Microelectronics Research Unit is an internationally recognized, high excellence and quality unit with significant scientific impact in the fields of micro and nanosystem technologies. The education and research fields are materials, devices and their implementation technologies with special emphasis on electronics, photonics and telecommunication applications. The research is carried out in several multidisciplinary research groups in close co-operation with top research groups in Europe, Asia and USA and global and domestic industrial partners. Research projects are funded by the Academy of Finland, EU, and Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes). Scientific research of the Microelectronics Research Unit was evaluated 2013 in the international research assessment of the University of Oulu to the level 6 (max 6). The research unit is a dynamic and inspiring high-level research environment with up-to-date facilities and equipment.


In its field the Research Unit is globally highly ranked with research activities based on international collaborations. The partners of MIC include numerous institutes around the world including e.g. Czech Technical University (Prague), University of Maryland (USA), Josef Stefan Institute (Slovenia), National Taiwan University (Taiwan), Rice University (USA), Xi’an Jiaotong University (China). At the University of Oulu, the Research Unit and its leading experts are responsible for undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral education in the field. The Assistant Professors will join an international and multidisciplinary research community of researchers from multiple disciplines that collaborates on new digital solutions in sensing and interactions.


Job Responsibilities and Required Qualifications: 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.


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.


The position of an Assistant Professor is initially a fixed-term position for three years. The researchers appointed to a tenure track position may advance in their career through the tenure track process and be eventually appointed to a Tenure Track Associate Professor position. 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.


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


publications on an international level: dissemination, quality of the publication forums, references to the publications

active role in the research training

acquisition of external funding

working in more than one research facility during one’s career (in most fields represented at the University of Oulu this signifies working abroad)

an active role in the international scientific community

acknowledgements and awards.


Salary: 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 46.3 % of the basic salary level for the post. The salary range is roughly 3500 - 5000 €/month for an assistant professor.


Other benefits: Finland is one of the most livable countries, with a high quality of life, safety, excellent education system, and 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 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 electronically by 31.1.2018 (see link at the bottom of the page).


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  and a template at

3) 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) a brief research and action plan (max 3 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 MIC 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:

Academy Research Fellow Jari Juuti,, tel. +358 (0)294 482714
Planning Officer Elina Rossi tel. +358 (0)294 484087


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