Research Director, Infotech

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 31 Oct 2021

The North changes the world – more sustainable, more intelligent, more humane. We at the University of Oulu work as part of the international science community to produce new scientific information and science-based solutions. We are committed to educate future pioneers to build a more sustainable, intelligent and humane world. Creating new, taking responsibility and succeeding together are values that build a strong foundation for all our actions. We offer a working environment where individuals can cultivate their skills, do meaningful work, and develop professionally. Our university's several specialized research and service units enable extensive and diverse development and career opportunities for experts in various fields.

Infotech Oulu Institute is one of the four strategic focus institutes at the University of Oulu supporting high-quality research, coordinating multidisciplinary research activities and doctoral training. Infotech’s science-based expertise meets global challenges determined in the strategy of the University of Oulu (UO) in the focus area ”Digitalization and smart society” exploring how digitalization can work for everyone. The research topics include sensing and ubiquitous wireless sensor systems, wireless communication, and other novel services and systems. The research targets future information infrastructures and integrates aspects of technology adoption by complex human groups, communities, and societies.

We are now looking for


to lead the institute during the coming five-year period 2022-2026. This senior level position is a full-time position, but we are also willing to negotiate a part time solution (minimum 50% time allocation) with a candidate having possibility for a part time work at his/her current research institute.

The Research Director will lead and manage the operations of the institute and ensure the success of spearhead and emerging projects, promote multi- and interdisciplinary research nationally and internationally, build strategic partnerships and support in acquiring funding. The Research Director will report to the Vice Rector of research at the University of Oulu.


We expect you to be an inspirational science leader capable of creating and implementing a vision on further developing Infotech, its research and partnerships. You have the ability to work together with the other three Focus Institutes but also with our multidisciplinary units and faculties in activities relating to all the University´s focus areas. We also expect you to have good connections to the national and European research institutes and science communities relevant to the focus areas. Furthermore, you have demonstrated your skills in forming and developing long term strategic partnerships. It is also necessary that you understand national and European funding possibilities and are interested in seeking new funding opportunities and winning research consortiums together with the research groups.

To be selected for the position, you are required to hold a Doctoral degree in a field relevant to the focus area “Digitalization and smart society, and to have a proven track record and merits in research. You must also have experience in successfully leading research projects, and the ability to communicate fluently in English. Finnish skills are considered an advantage.

What we offer

We offer the successful candidate a five-year key position in a globally significant research area. You will have the opportunity to directly influence the strategy implementation of University of Oulu. You will also enjoy our modern research facilities and the skills and experience of our motivated staff members across spearhead and emerging projects. In addition, your employment includes benefits such as occupational healthcare, support for wellbeing activities and several weeks of paid annual leave.

Salary and key terms

The position is for five years, beginning in January 1, 2022 or as agreed. The salary is in accordance with the Finnish universities salary system for teaching and research personnel level 7-9. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50% of the job-specific component). A trial period of six months will be applied.

How to apply

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using the electronic application form by October 31, 2021. The application should be written in English and include the following:

1) Brief curriculum vitae

2) Brief description of motivation

3) List of publications

Only applications containing all relevant appendices and submitted through the online recruitment system will be considered. Top candidates will be invited to an on-site or remote interview.

Further information:

Vice Rector Taina Pihlajaniemi, taina.pihlajaniemi(at) or +358 400 586 920

About Finland and the City of Oulu

For the fourth year in a row, Finland has been evaluated as the world's happiest country according to the UN-sponsored World Happiness Report survey data. The Oulu region is home to over 200 000 people making it the largest urban centre in northern Nordics and one of the fastest growing regions in Finland. The city is a combination of beautiful, northern nature, vivid cultural life, and modern technology. Oulu is also known for its highly educated people and friendly, easy-going atmosphere. The residents of Oulu enjoy the high standard of living Finland is known for, while the cost of living is still affordable in national comparison. Find out more about Oulu:

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