Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Wireless Communications Engineering University of Oulu, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering Finland

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Wireless Communications Engineering

The University of Oulu is an international science university creating new knowledge, well-being and innovation for the future through multidisciplinary research and education. Close cooperation with research institutes, companies and the public sector has created an internationally significant research and innovation hub that has changed the world. Every day 2.6 billion people use technology developed in Oulu. In addition, the university’s multidisciplinary scientific structure offers unique possibilities for path breaking research. More information


For strengthening its profile in ICT electronics at international level the University of Oulu announces the following tenure track Assistant Professor position for highly talented individuals who hold a doctoral degree and have excellent potential for a successful scientific career:


Tenure Track Assistant Professor of
“Convergent IoT Communications for Vertical Systems”


The position is located in the Centre for Wireless Communications – Networks and Systems (CWC-NS) research unit (see, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (see The Centre for Wireless Communications consists of two intertwined research groups, namely Centre for Wireless Communication – Radio Technologies (CWC-RT) and Centre for Wireless Communications – Networks and Systems (CWC-NS). Research at CWC focuses on signal processing and radio engineering, radio access and network technologies as well as future wireless internet. The main application areas include 5G and beyond, IoT, secure virtualized networks, disaster prevention and recovery ICT, medical ICT, smart energy grids and mobile clouds. CWC employs a staff of 150 including 10 professors. Its collaborative network includes several major companies and research universities. CWC plays a major role in the recently established Nokia Bell Labs and University of Oulu Joint Center for Future Connectivity. CWC’s high volume of competitive external funding from the Academy of Finland (equivalent to National Science Foundation), the European Commission (H2020) and Business Finland shows the strength of its research. CWC has a top-notch research infrastructure with radio frequency equipment and a 5G Test Network (, and is the main driver of 6G Flagship programme 6Genesis (


A tenure-track position in “Convergent IoT Communications for Vertical Systems” is directed to investigate, apply, and design new communications solutions for internet of things (IoT) as well as educate students for those. Initially, a successful applicant is expected to have a substantial research track targeting machine type communications connecting devices/things to the internet. To achieve the goal, the applicant is expected to master existing solutions (e.g., LoRa, NB-IoT, BLE) and be capable of developing emerging 5G solutions such as ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC) and massive machine type communications (mMTC) through thorough understanding of the requirements of the underlying business verticals or applications. Eventually, the position can evolve towards complex systems science providing views and solutions targeted to provisioning wireless communications networks where things, humans, energy, spectrum and computing converge. A strong track record in acquiring research funding and projects, cooperation with industry, as well as implementing research projects in the IoT for verticals related tasks are important for successful applicants for the position.


The tenure track positions will start 1.6.2019, or later by mutual agreement with the successful applicant. Researchers appointed to tenure track positions may advance their career through the tenure track process. A 6-month trial period will be applied.


Responsibilities and Required Qualifications:
A person at tenure track system is expected to conduct world-class scientific research, to be competitive in attracting external funding, to publish in leading journals and conference reports, to supervise doctoral students, to be an active member of the international scientific community, and to create and teach related M.Sc. and D.Sc. level courses.


Required qualifications and career advancement at each tenure track level:
Career advancement in the tenure track system is based on assessments of the candidate’s performance and merits.


The position of an assistant professor is for persons who have recently (less than ten years ago) finished their doctoral dissertation and are advancing towards a professional research career. The duration of the period is five years. The advancement assistant professor – associate professor – professor – distinguished professor is described in the University of Oulu Tenure Track guidelines: Being granted continuation for the position requires meeting the below-mentioned criteria as well as successful research work as indicated in the University of Oulu Tenure Track guidelines.

Applicants are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • publications at an international level: dissemination, quality of the publication forums, references to the publications
  • knowledge and experience in the research fields of the CWC-NS group will be considered advantageous but not obligatory
  • active role in the training of researchers
  • teaching experience and pedagogic training, ability to produce teaching material, other merits as a teacher, teaching demonstrations
  • acquisition of external funding
  • active role in the international scientific community
  • scientific work abroad, international positions, and leadership and interaction skills
  • acknowledgements and awards.


The salary of an Assistant Professor will be based on levels 5-6 of the requirement level chart for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of Finnish universities. In addition to the basic salary, supplementary salary will be given for personal achievement and performance, the sum rising to a maximum of 50% of the basic salary level for the post. The full salary is approximately 3,500 – 4,500 euros per month for an Assistant Professor.


Other benefits:

Finland is one of the most dynamic countries, with a high quality of life, high safety standards, an excellent education system, and a competitive economy. The successful candidate will receive full benefits provided by the University of Oulu to university employees, including free time corresponding to holidays and free occupational health care services. The successful candidate will also receive all the benefits provided by the Finnish government for residents, e.g., access to the national health care system, tax benefits for employees with children and high-quality, affordable childcare services.


Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted electronically through online recruiting system by 28.2.2019.


The application should be written in English and the following must be included:

  • A letter of application with contact information
  • A curriculum vitae following the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (tutkimuseettinen neuvottelukunta). The guidelines are available at and a template at 
  • A list of publications, with the ten most important ones marked
  • A brief account of research merits (max. 1 page)
  • A brief account of teaching merits or a teaching portfolio (max. 2 pages)
  • Details regarding the acquisition of research funds
  • A brief research and action plan (max. 3 pages)
  • Contact details of 2–4 persons from whom recommendations would be available.


The selection procedure will be carried out by a Recruitment Committee according to the University of Oulu Tenure Track guidelines.


Contact details:
In order to receive information and announcements concerning the official selection procedures to be followed when filling this post, applicants must inform the University of Oulu of their contact details for the whole duration of the selection process: more specifically, they must provide both their home and work telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, and postal addresses.


For further information and enquiries about this post and the application and selection procedures, please contact:


Prof. Jari Iinatti
Head, Centre for Wireless Communications - Networks and Systems
Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
P.O. Box 4500, FI-90014 University of Oulu
phone: +358 40 5329 403, email: jari.iinatti(at)


Prof. Ari Pouttu
Centre for Wireless Communications - Networks and Systems
P.O. Box 4500, FI-90014 University of Oulu
phone: +358 40 5432 694, email: ari.pouttu(at)

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