University Lecturer in Tourism Geographies

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 03 May 2022

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

The following position is open at the University of Oulu:

University Lecturer in Tourism Geographies

Research Environment

The Faculty of Science of the University of Oulu announces University Lecturer position in Tourism Geographies. The position is located at the Geography Research Unit. The Unit has five key focus areas in education: Cultural and Political Geography; Geoinformatics; Physical Geography; Regional Development and Regional Policy; and Tourism Geographies ( ). The Unit has four professorships, five post-doctoral positions and four doctoral researcher positions based on the Research Unit funding. Furthermore, one assistant professor and several post docs and PhD researchers work at the Unit based on external funding. Totally, the Research Unit has approximately 50 faculty members and 150 BSc and 200 MSc students.

The Research Unit offers a progressive, stimulating, and international working environment. According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), for example, research on Tourism Geographies has been the strongest field at the University of Oulu in the past years. Researchers working at the Unit have contributed substantially to international research and debates in Tourism Geographies, especially in the fields of sustainable tourism, tourism development and planning, climate change adaptation in tourism, and resilient destinations.

Job descriptions and obligations

The candidate needs to demonstrate a very strong teaching and research track in Tourism Geographies, especially in sustainable tourism.

Teaching duties include bachelor’s and master’s level courses given in Finnish and English. The key courses given by the Lecturer are focusing on the topics such as sustainable tourism and tourism planning and development, and the Lecturer can be expected to contribute time on other topical areas and seminars in Tourism Geographies. The successful candidate is expected to have a capacity to supervise theses at all levels (BSc, MSc, and PhD).

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 1 612 working hours.


Fluency in both written and spoken Finnish and English, 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): scientific publications, thesis supervision, administrative and external project experience, activity in the scientific community, national and international mobility. Applicant is expected to hold a doctoral degree in Geography (or a related discipline) and have demonstrable records 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. The position is permanent. The trial period of 6 months is applied to the positions. 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.


Applications must be submitted using the electronic application form by May 3rd, 2022 at 23:59 (Finnish local time), with the following attachments:

  • Curriculum vitae (following the template for researcher's curriculum vitae )
  • A teaching portfolio (max 4 pages) including the following sections: 1. Teaching philosophy and characterization of yourself as a teacher; 2. Teaching experience (including 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).
  • An education advancement plan for Tourism Geographies (max 1 page) that includes a short outline what additional courses the candidate could teach in the future (topics, key elements, level)
  • A list of publications compiled in accordance with the instructions of the Academy of Finland ( )
  • 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 ( ).

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

Additional information:

Professor Jarkko Saarinen ( )

Professor, Jan Hjort ( ), Head of the Unit

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