Tenure Track Position in Philosophy at University of Oulu

Field and Location

The Faculty of Humanities of the University of Oulu announces a full-time, tenure-track position for an Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Philosophy. The candidate is appointed for a period of three to five years and then eligible for promotion to permanent Associate or Full Professor through an assessment by international evaluators.
Areas of specialization in research are the following: history of philosophy (e.g. ancient, Enlightenment, German idealism); environmental philosophy; ethics; history of political ideas; philosophy and history of science; philosophy of history. The candidate is expected to show solid and substantial proof of a wide knowledge and understanding of at least two of these areas and teach courses in the field of philosophy primarily at the undergraduate level. In addition, the candidate will give courses, such as ethics of science, suitable for doctoral studies at the University of Oulu Graduate School (UniOGS).This position will have a teaching load of 2-3 courses per semester. The candidate is also expected to supervise master’s theses and doctoral dissertations in Philosophy and History of Science and Ideas. The tenure track position is open to highly talented individuals who hold a doctoral degree and have excellent potential for a successful scientific career. Based on the experience and competence, the successful applicant of this call will be placed at Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Full Professor level of the four-level tenure track system.

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 outside funding, to publish in leading journals and conference proceedings, to teach, supervise and advance both graduate and undergraduate education, to be an active member of the international scientific community, and to exhibit academic leadership. Career advancement on the tenure track is based on regular performance assessment that measure the candidate’s merits in all these areas.

Required qualifications at each level of the tenure track system are following:

Assistant Professor:
The position of an assistant professor is for persons who have recently finished their doctoral dissertation and are advancing towards a professional research career. The position is always fixed- term and the duration varies from three to five years. A continuation period may be granted as indicated in the University of Oulu Tenure Track guidelines. Only doctors who have finished their doctoral thesis less than ten years ago can be appointed to the position of an assistant professor.
The selection criteria for an assistant professor are the following:
– Research potential, (publications, especially internationally refereed publications; participating in acquiring funding / funding granted; connections with the international community in the field)
– In most fields, working abroad is common during a professional research career
– Demonstrating developed skills is prerequisite for a continuation period.

Associate Professor:

When appointing a person to the position of an associate professor the applicants are evaluated based on the following criteria:
– Publications on an international level: dissemination, quality of the publication forums, references to the publication
– Active role in the research training
– Acquisition of additional 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
The position of an associate professor is initially a fixed-term position for five years, but a continuation period may be granted or the position may be made permanent. Being granted continuation for the position requires meeting the above-mentioned criteria as well as successful research work as indicated in the University of Oulu Tenure Track guidelines.

Full Professor:
A person appointed to the position of a professor must have a doctoral degree, high-level scientific competence, experience in leading scientific research, ability to provide high-level research-based teaching, and to supervise theses and participate in international co-operation projects in his/her field of expertise.
When evaluating the competency of an applicant, his/her scientific publications and other research results with scientific value, teaching experience and pedagogic training, ability to produce teaching material, other merits as a teacher, teaching demonstrations and supervised doctoral theses will be taken into consideration. Other factors to be taken into consideration are the activeness of the applicant in the international scientific community, practical experience in the field where applicable, success in acquiring supplementary research funding, as well as academic work abroad and other international positions.


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 bill 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 thus being roughly 3400 – 4600 euros per month for an assistant professor, 4000 – 5300 euros per month for an associate professor and 5500 – 8100 euros per month for a full professor.


Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be sent to The Registry, The University ofOulu, PO Box 8000, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland, electronically to the e-mail kirjaamo@oulu.fi as a single pdf file, and must arrive no later than 3 p.m. on Monday 1st October 2012 local time.

The applications should be written in English and the following documents need to be submitted: A brief curriculum vitae including:
– name and year of birth
– degrees, dates and places, major subject, topic of doctoral dissertation
– present employment relationship with starting and ending dates
– most important posts and full-time positions with starting and ending dates
– scientific expert positions
– most important scientific positions of trust and administration with starting and ending dates
– most important foreign visits
– most important scientific acknowledgements and awards
– Complete list of publications (ten most important ones marked)
– Research plan (max 4 pages)
– Description of teaching experience
– Acquisition of research funds
– List of previous and present doctoral students
– Contact details of 2 to 4 persons available for recommendation
– The total number of citations and h-index of the applicant based on both Web of Science and Google Scholar (Publish or Perish).


The selection procedure will be carried out by an Appointment Committee and the Research Council of the University of Oulu 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 the Faculty of their contact details for the whole duration of the selection process: they must specifically provide both their home and work telephone numbers, and their e-mail addresses, and their fax numbers, and their postal addresses.

For further information and enquiries about this post, and about the application and selection procedures, please contact the contact persons: Adjunct Prof. Kari Väyrynen (Philosophy), Prof. Petteri Pietikäinen (History of Science and Ideas). Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, Finland. Mailing address:
Philosophy, P.O.Box 1000, 90014 University of Oulu, Finland.
E-mail: kari.vayrynen@oulu.fi, petteri.pietikainen@oulu.fi

More info can be found HERE.

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