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Tenure track position as Associate Professor in Evolutionary Genomics
The University of Oulu is an international scientific community, with 16 000 students and approximately 3 000 employees. The strenghts of the University are wide multidisciplinary study/research interests and modern research and study environment and good cooperation with international educational and research institutes. More information http://www.oulu.fi/english/
The following position is open in the University of Oulu:
Tenure track position as Associate Professor in Evolutionary Genomics
Field and Location
The Faculty of Science of the University of Oulu announces a tenure-track opening for an Associate Professor in evolutionary genomics. The position is located at the Ecology and Genetics Research Unit whose research emphasis is in evolutionary biology and population genetics, with groups studying population genomics of plants, forest genetic resources and breeding, ecological genomics, conservation genetics, DNA barcoding, ancient DNA, animal behaviour and population and community ecology. It is considered an advantage if the applicant’s research is multidisciplinary and is related to the research environment at the Ecology and Genetics Research Unit. The Unit has excellent laboratory facilities, including access to quantitative PCR, next generation sequencing (Ion Torrent) and Sanger sequencing equipment and direct access to clean (ancient-DNA) laboratories in the Center of Microscopy and Nanotechnology (http://www.oulu.fi/cmnt/); further facilities are available at the Biocenter Sequencing Center (http://www.oulu.fi/biocenter/sequencing-center), including an Illumina NextSeq 550. Botanical gardens of the University provide greenhouses and experimental field sites. The Oulanka (http://www.oulu.fi/oulankaresearchstation) and Krunni field stations offer support for field studies. The Unit has extensive national and international collaborative networks, for example, with the Finnish Natural Resource Institute (https://www.luke.fi/en/) and the Finnish Environmental Institute (http://www.syke.fi/en-US), which have offices at the University campus.
The successful applicant of this call will be placed at the level of Associate Professor in tenure track system (http://www.oulu.fi/university/node/38379) and is expected to qualify as Full Professor after one or two five-year fixed periods. To develop his/her research, the new Associate Professor will receive a starting grant from the Faculty of Science.
Job Responsibilities, Required Qualifications and Language Proficiency
The tenure track position holder is responsible for developing teaching and research in genetics, genomics and bioinformatics. The person nominated to the post is expected to develop co-operation with research groups acting at the University of Oulu, in other Finnish Universities, and with international parties.
The required qualifications for the tenure track position in evolutionary genetics include an applicable doctoral degree, scientific research merit, and teaching skills required for the position. The main prerequisites for the position are active publication record, the ability to lead a research group and to acquire external research funding: experience of academic work in more than one country and a demonstrated ability for international co-operation are considered valuable. The candidate should have familiarity with the field concerned, i.e. specialist competence in evolutionary genomics, as demonstrated by an outstanding international publication record.
When assessing the applicant’s merits, issues taken into consideration include scientific publications and other research achievements, teaching experience and pedagogical training as well as the skills to develop new teaching material. In addition to this, the merits that will be taken into consideration are the applicant’s activity in the scientific community, practical familiarity with the field concerned, and success in acquiring supplementary funding, scientific work abroad and other international activities.
The teaching language at the University of Oulu is mainly Finnish at undergraduate levels. Teaching in English is possible.
The salary will be based on the levels 6 - 7 of the demand level chart for teaching and research personnel of the salary system 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 thus being roughly 4,000 – 5,300 euros per month.
Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using electronic application form by 27.3.2017.
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, which includes a teaching plan, in the format outlined below.
4) A research and action plan (3 pages) in English with a special emphasis on how the plan benefits the above-mentioned focus areas.
The dean will nominate a recruitment committee to take care of the evaluation process. As proposed by the recruitment committee, the Research Council of the University will appoint two reviewers to be consulted regarding the selection process. 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 at most 20 publications of their choice to be sent to the reviewers. The publications must be submitted as PDF files.
Interview and proposal by the recruitment committee
The recruitment committee analyses the reviewers´ evaluations, interviews the candidates and makes the proposal for appointment.
Based on the proposal by the recruitment committee, the Dean will make her proposition to the Vice Rector for Research, who in turn will make the nomination to the post.
For further information regarding the filling of this post:
Professor Jouni Aspi, Ecology and Genetics Research Unit, University of Oulu, P.O.Box 3000,FI - 90014 University of Oulu; tel +358-40-877466; e-mail: jouni aspi(at)oulu.fi
Head of Administration Tiina Pääkkönen, Faculty of Science, University of Oulu; e-mail: tiina.paakkonen(at)oulu.fi
University Law (558/2009) and Statute (770/2009); University of Oulu administration rules and regulations (23.11.2015).
Guide for teaching portfolio
Teaching skills will be evaluated according to the outline below:
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
Practical experience in teaching and efforts to improve teaching
Description of educational material (curricula, handouts, assignments, workbooks)
Professional development as a teacher
Evaluation from teaching (student evaluations, peer evaluations, awards and assessed test lectures)
Future teaching goals and plans (1 page)
Teacher’s plans for future directions in his/her teaching development, for example in relation to the teaching curriculum of the research