Assistant/Associate Professor in Persuasive Information Systems
University of Oulu Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

We at the University of Oulu are an integral part of international scientific community, seeking to contribute to the body of scientific knowledge and developing science-based solutions for human challenges. We are committed to educate pioneers who seek to build a more sustainable, intelligent, and humane world. “Creating new”, “taking responsibility”, and “succeeding together” are values that build a strong foundation for our actions. We offer a working environment where individuals are able to do meaningful work, to cultivate their skills, and to advance professionally.

We are now looking for a highly competent and motivated

Tenure Track Assistant or Associate Professor in Persuasive Information Systems

to join the Oulu Advanced Research on Service and Information Systems Research Unit at the University of Oulu.

The position will be with OASIS Research Unit, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE, see OASIS is one of the world-leading research centers in the field of persuasive technology, systems, and design. Research at OASIS focuses on humanized information technologies, user behavior, behavior change, and persuasive systems design. OASIS employs personnel of about 20 including two full professors. The collaborative network of OASIS includes several major research universities and companies. Faculty of ITEE employs personnel of more than 550 with some 40 professors covering a wide range of ICT expertise.

Job description

The position is a tenure-track opening for highly qualified researchers in the field of information systems science, and more precisely persuasive information systems within it.

The tenure-track position in persuasive information systems is directed to investigate how information technology influences the way we think and how information systems can be designed and developed for purposes such as improving health, wellbeing and sustainability. The keyword here is persuasive, not pervasive, even though persuasive information systems may be pervasive, too. The tenure track position is open to highly talented researchers, who hold a doctoral degree, master the abovementioned research topics and have a high potential for an outstanding scientific career. Practical exploitation of the research via research projects and other collaboration with companies is important for the position. The successful applicant of this call will be placed at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor of the four-level tenure track system depending on the qualifications. The applicant should indicate on which level they wish to be evaluated on.

A person at any level in the academic 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 proceedings, to supervise doctoral and master students, to be an active member of the international scientific community, and to create and teach related B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. level courses.

What we expect

General qualifications: The applicant should have excellent potential for a successful scientific career. The top candidates undergo an evaluation by external experts and are required to reach top scores (5-6 on a scale from 1 to 6 for scientific activity and as the overall score), to be recruited.

Qualifications for an Assistant Professor position: We expect you to have a doctoral degree in information systems science or related field, the ability to work independently, and teaching skills relevant for the position. In order to qualify as an Assistant Professor, your doctoral degree must have been received a maximum of ten years ago.

Qualifications for an Associate Professor position: We expect you to have an applicable doctoral degree as well as evidence of scientific research work and the teaching skills required in the position. You must have the ability to lead a research group and acquire supplementary research funding. We also expect you to have sufficient and relevant experience in international scientific work and evidence of international cooperation.

Find out more about our tenure track system, entry criteria, evaluation procedure and advancement on our careers website.

What we offer

We offer you an interesting and versatile position in persuasive information systems research and the possibility to develop professionally with the help of an experienced and enthusiastic team. On tenure track, you have a guaranteed opportunity to advance your career through external evaluations at regular intervals. Furthermore, we offer the development opportunities of a big organisation with flexible working hours, excellent work-life balance and occupational healthcare services. 

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 capital of Northern Finland, the City of Oulu, is a combination of beautiful, northern nature, vivid cultural life, and modern technology. The city 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. 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. Find out more about Oulu:

Terms of employment

The position is fixed term for 5 years as of November 1, 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter. A trial period of 6 months is applied in the position. The salary will be based on the levels 5-6 for an assistant professor and on the levels 6-7 for an associate professor of the demand level chart for teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50 % of the job-specific component). The starting EUR salary will be approximately €3600 - 4600 for assistant professor and €4300 - 5300 for associate professor per month before taxes. Regular salary is paid 12 months per year, including paid leave and an additional holiday bonus in the summer. In addition to the salary, the employed person will be insured by the university and provided occupational healthcare. Finnish government provides benefits to residents and their families, for example possibility to the national healthcare system and high-quality affordable childcare and school services.

Applications and selection process

Apply online by Friday, August 6, 2021 at 23:59 (Finnish local time). Please include the following attachments in your application in English and in the pdf file format:

1)      A letter of motivation with contact information, stating the career level on which you would like to be evaluated at.

2)      Curriculum vitae following the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity:

3)      A complete list of publications preferably with DOI identifications, with the ten most important ones marked, following the guidelines of the Academy of Finland: 

4)      Brief account of research merits (max 2 pages)

5)      Brief account of teaching merits or a teaching portfolio (max 2 pages)

6)      Details regarding acquisition of research funds (max 2 pages)

7)      A research and action plan including your research vision in this field and a plan for your research for the next 5 years (max 4 pages plus references)

8)      Contact details of 2–4 persons available for recommendation.

The selection process follows the University of Oulu tenure track guidelines. The process is carried out by a recruitment committee and the candidates are subjected to publication analyses based on their publication lists. The candidates that are considered most suitable by the recruitment committee will also undergo an expert evaluation.

Further information

Professor of Information Systems Science & Dean of Graduate School (doctoral education) Harri Oinas-Kukkonen,, +358 294480000. Due to university’s holiday season in July, please contact with possible questions during these time periods: 1.-18.6.2021 or 1.-6.8.2021

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