University Lecturer in Geography

Updated: 7 months ago
Deadline: 16 Feb 2020

The University of Oulu is an international scientific community, with 15 000 students and approximately 3 000 employees. The strengths 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

Research Environment

The Faculty of Science of the University of Oulu announces University Lecturer position. The position is located within the Geography Research Unit. The Unit currently has five key focus areas in education: Regional Development and Regional Policy, Geoinformatics, Physical Geography, Regional and Political Geography, and Tourism Geographies ( ). The Unit has six professorships, five post-doctoral positions and four doctoral student positions based on the Research Unit funding. Further, several PhD students and post docs with external research money work at the Unit. Totally, the Research Unit has approximately 35 faculty members and 150 BSc, 200 MSc and 25 PhD students.

The Research Unit offers a progressive, stimulating, and international working environment. According to Oulu University’s Research Assessment Exercise and international rankings (e.g., QS-ranking), Geography Research Unit has been consistently one of the strongest units at Oulu University. Researchers working at the Unit have contributed substantially to international research and debates in several sub-fields of Geography. This high quality is demonstrated by the fact that the Unit held the first Center of Excellence (2014-2019) in Geography nominated by the Academy of Finland. 

Job descriptions and obligations

This is a teaching-oriented position, which is available to both Finnish and international applicants. The candidate must have a demonstrated teaching and research background in Geography.

The University Lecturer will act as the Director of the Degree Program and Master’s Programs in Geography. The person appointed to the position will be responsible for planning, implementation and quality assurance of the above-mentioned programs. They will be responsible for curriculum planning in Geography, practical organizing and development of teaching, applying funding for teaching, curriculum development and student selection processes for the Degree Programs. They should also advance academic education and display pedagogical leadership. The teaching duties include basic level and advanced courses given in Finnish and English. Especially, the person appointed should contribute to the teaching of research methods in Human Geography (preferably both qualitative and quantitative). The successful candidate is expected to supervise theses at all levels (BSc, MSc, and PhD). Moreover, the research of the chosen applicant should complement the key research themes at the Unit (see ). In addition to teaching and research tasks, administrative duties are included in the annual total of 1 624 working hours.


Fluency in both written and spoken English and Finnish, as well as strong communication and teamwork skills are required. Assessment of the applicants’ qualifications will be based on the following criteria, acknowledging the content of the job (see above): teaching experience and pedagogical training, scientific publications, thesis supervision, administrative experience, activity in the scientific community, national and international mobility, and other international activities. Applicant is expected to hold a PhD degree in Geography (or a related discipline) and have demonstrable qualifications in teaching and research, as indicated in the CV, teaching portfolio, education development plan, publication list, and research plan attached to the application.

Terms of employment

The starting date for the post is as soon as possible but no later than May 2020. The position is permanent. The salary will be based on the 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, supplementary salary will be given for personal achievements and performance, the sum rising to a maximum of 50% of the basic salary level for the position. Therefore, the full salary is approximately 4000–5200 euros per month.


In your application, please provide the following information:

1) Curriculum vitae (following the template for researcher's curriculum vitae )

2) A teaching portfolio (4 pages) including the following sections: 1. Teaching philosophy and characterization of yourself as a teacher; 2. Teaching experience (including thesis supervision, creation or upgrading course material, course development); 3. Pedagogical studies and maintenance of your teaching skills; 4. Educational leadership and curriculum development; 5. Feedback received on your teaching (student and peer assessments, awards and approved teaching demonstrations)

3) An education advancement plan for Geography (max 1 page)

4) A list of publications compiled in accordance with the instructions of the Academy of Finland ( )

5) A brief (max 2 pages) research plan and description of research interests, clearly indicating how they complement and support teaching and research at the Geography Research Unit ( ).

Please send your application and the appendices using the electronic application form by the 16th  of February, 2020 23.59 (Finnish local time).

Top candidates will be interviewed and may be invited to give a demonstration lesson.

Additional information

Professor Jan Hjort ( )
Professor Jarkko Saarinen ( ), Head of the Unit

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