University of Oulu
Professor, Architecture
University of Oulu
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Published: 5 months ago
Application deadline: Jul 31
Location: Oulu, Finland
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Professor, Architecture

Job Title, Field and Location 

The job title is professor in Architecture. The field of the professorship is architecture, more specifically urban design and planning. The position will be filled for a period of five years. The position is located in the Oulu School of Architecture, Finland. 

The Oulu School of Architecture is a regionally, nationally and internationally networked faculty which educates architects and Doctors of Technology for demanding private and public positions as well as carries outside of creative research in co-operation with other fields and society in general. Education and research focus specifically on the evolving northern built environment. The strategic alignments of University of Oulu are followed by the Oulu School of Architecture according to the goals of the discipline. 

The faculty is responsible for administering a 5-year architecture degree program, which consists of Candidate’s and Master’s degree phases. Furthermore, the faculty hosts a 2-year long international Architectural Design Master’s Degree program. Doctoral candidates of architecture, who have been granted study rights in the University of Oulu Graduate School, will also be registered in Technology and Natural Sciences Doctoral Programme (TNS-DP). 

Design research conducted at the Oulu School of Architecture can be characterized as promoting competency-based growth, which offers excellent opportunities for multi- and cross-disciplinary research as well as national and international co-operation in the focus and profile areas of the University of Oulu. The faculty co-operates with other disciplines such as cultural anthropology, geography, mathematics, structural engineering, health sciences and ICT. The research focus areas are adaptive architectural and urban lighting, integrative urban development and wooden construction. 

At present, the faculty has three professorships in architecture (two in Contemporary Architecture, one in Building Construction) and a professor in the History of Architecture and Renovation. 

The primary focus of teaching and research for the Professorship in Architecture is Urban Design and Planning with an emphasis on design and research of urban space and structure. 

The position will be filled maximum for a period of five years.                     

Job Responsibilities, Required Qualifications and Language Proficiency 

The selected candidate will be responsible for the research and teaching of architecture, especially urban design and planning as well as their development in co-operation with other teachers, within 1624 annual work hours. In research development the focus will be in acquiring supplementary research funding (Academy of Finland, Tekes, EU) for Doctoral Studies and Post Doctoral Research. Furthermore, the responsibilities include developing co-operation between the University of Oulu and other Finnish universities and international partners in a way that supports the research strategy of the faculty.  

The teaching language at the University of Oulu is Finnish. In the position it is possible to teach in English. 

Under section 33 of the Universities Act, a professor shall carry out and supervise scientific or artistic work, provide education based on it and follow developments in science or art and participate in societal interaction and international cooperation in his or her field. 

The required qualifications for the post of professor include a M.Sc. degree in Architecture, an applicable doctoral degree, high quality scientific and artistic competence, experience in leading scientific research, the ability to provide high quality education based on research and to supervise final theses, as well as evidence of international collaboration in his or her field of research. A professorship furthermore requires skills to act as an academic leader.

The person to be appointed to the post of the Professor is expected to have good networking abilities, skills to prepare and lead research projects as well as the ability to work together with other universities, research institutions and other private and public parties within the field. Furthermore, the person is expected to have practical familiarity within the domain. 

When assessing the applicants, the merits that are taken into consideration include scientific publications and other research results with scientific value, artistic merits, success in acquiring supplementary research funding, experience in leading research groups, teaching experience and pedagogical training, the skill to create teaching material, other teaching merits, the demonstration lecture, and the doctoral theses the applicant has supervised. In addition, the following merits will be taken into consideration: the applicant’s activity in the scientific community and university administrative tasks, practical experience, successfulness in applying for supplementary research funding, evidence of cooperation in the field and scientific work abroad, international duties as well as management and interaction skills. 


The salary of the professor will be set on levels 8-10 of the national salary scale for the teaching and research staff of Finnish universities. In addition, supplementary remuneration will be given for personal achievement and performance, the sum rising to a maximum of 46.3% of whatever salary scale (8-10) is set for the post. 

Application Procedure 

Applications, including the attachments in English, should be submitted by 31.7.2017, using the electronic application form.

The following documents must be attached to the application for expert assessment purposes:

1)    A brief curriculum vitae compiled in accordance with the instructions given in Appendix 1; 

2)  A list of publications classified as follows: (1) articles in international peer-reviewed journals,  (2) articles in international peer-reviewed volumes of scientific significance and articles in peer-reviewed conference proceedings, (3) articles in domestic peer-reviewed journals, (4) articles in domestic peer-reviewed volumes of scientific significance and articles in domestic peer-reviewed conference proceedings, (5) scientific monographs, (6) other original publications, e.g., articles in scientific journals and conference proceedings with no peer-review process, and in university or department publications; (7) other publications, such as publications within the professional field, articles in professional magazines and educational textbooks. 

3) A brief research and action plan

4)  At most ten publications or other works, which should be numbered in accordance with the list of publications, are not to be attached to the electronic application but should be sent as separate paper documents in four copies within the application deadline to: 

           Mr. Jukka Maamäki, Head of Administration
           University of Oulu, Oulu School of Architecture
           P.O. Box 4600, FIN-90014 University of Oulu
           tel: +358 294 48 2917
           email: jukka.maamaki(at)

5)   A design portfolio with a maximum of 10 of the applicant’s design projects. Publication information must be included. The design portfolio is not to be attached to the electronic application but should be sent as separate paper documents in four copies within the application deadline as other publications (see point 4). 

Before being officially accepted for the position, the successful applicant must present his or her original degree diplomas or certified copies thereof, as well as a signed curriculum vitae, to the faculty. 

Expert Assessment 

The research council will select at least two experts to be consulted regarding the selection process. When selecting the experts, the respective specializations of the applicants in the field are taken into consideration, and general fairness is observed otherwise as well. 

The applicants are informed about the selection of the experts. When the experts deliver their statements, these will be sent to the applicants.

Demonstration Lecture and Interview 

The recruitment committee will, if needed, interview the applicants that they consider best and arrange the demonstration lectures when necessary.

Official Employment 

The Dean will make his proposition on the basis of the proposition of the recruitment committee and submits this, justifications and attachments included, to the Vice Rector, who will make the decision concerning the employment of the successful applicant. 

Contact information  

In order to receive the information and announcements issued in the course of the selection process, the applicant should provide Oulu School of Architecture with the necessary contact information as follows: address, telephone number at work and at home and email address

Dean Rainer Mahlamäki
University of Oulu, Oulu School of Architecture
P.O. Box 4100, FIN-90014 University of Oulu
tel +358 503 37 6231
email: rainer.mahlamaki (at)

Mr. Jukka Maamäki, Head of Administration
University of Oulu, Oulu School of Architecture
P.O. Box 4600, FIN-90014 University of Oulu
tel: +358 294 48 2917
email: jukka.maamaki (at)

Basic regulations 

University Law (558/2009) and Statute (770/2009]; University of Oulu administration principles (23.11.2015)



  • Full name and date
    • surname (also earlier surnames), given names
    • gender
    • date of writing the CV
  • Date and place of birth, nationality, current residence
    • date and place of birth
    • citizenship
    • current residence (contact details, if necessary)
  • Education and degrees awarded

6)     degree title (most recent first), educational institution, major subject, graduation date, contact details to facilitate verification of the highest degree earned)

7)     title of docent: field, university and date when conferred

  • Other education and training, qualifications and skills

other studies aiming at a degree, qualifications or supplementary education and training: name of educational or training programme, extent of education and training, organiser, start and completion (estimated) date of education or training

other skills

  • Linguistic skills
  • Current position
    • current position, employer and place of work, start and end date of employment relation (possible part-time nature of work must be stated, brief job description if necessary)
    • research career phase if not directly evident from the foregoing: 1) First Stage Researcher or doctoral student; 2) Recognized Researcher or post-doctoral researcher; 3) Established or independent researcher; 4) Leading Researcher or professor/research).  [1]
    • grant researcher: source of funding, purpose of grant and funding period
    • full-time student: institution and major subject
    • secondary occupation, additional work experience, other commitments and potential conflicts of interest relevant to the application (e.g. commitments in a company)
  • Previous work experience
    • earlier employment relations and grant periods (the most recent one first) incl. longer-term visits abroad: job description, employer and place of work or funding organisation, start and end date of the employment relation (possible part-time nature of work must be stated, brief job description if necessary)
    • earlier secondary occupations, additional work experience, other commitments and potential conflicts of interest relevant to the application (e.g. commitments in a company)
    • career breaks: family leaves, military or non-military service terms, other leaves of absence (with start and end dates), other reasons

NB The inclusion of the above data is optional, but it may have a positive impact on the evaluation of applications and the eligibility of the researcher, for instance, when the application presumes a specific career stage.

  • Research funding as well as leadership and supervision
    • major research funding (grants and appropriations): source of funding, funding period and amount of funding
    • role in the preparation of funding applications for a research group (name of principal investigator)
    • leadership in research work
    • supervision of post-doc researchers (number of supervised researchers or their names and graduation dates), supervisory role (main/primary/responsible or secondary supervisor)
    • experience as officially appointed supervisor to undergraduate and post-graduate students/doctoral students (cf. above)
  • Merits in teaching and pedagogical competence (if required, complement by submitting a teaching portfolio)
    • pedagogical training and competence
    • involvement in curriculum planning and the implementation of courses: subject, including subject, study hours, course level and duration
    • development of teaching methods
    • supervision of theses
    • merits in the training of responsible conduct of research and innovation practices (subject, study hours, course level and duration)
    • teaching awards
  • Awards, prizes and honours
    • Awards, prizes and honours granted for scientific, artistic or research merits or on the basis of the recipient’s academic career
  • Other academic merits
    • service as a pre-examiner or as an opponent of a doctoral dissertation, as a member in dissertation committees (abroad)
    • evaluation of academic/scientific or artistic competence (e.g. title of docent)
    • member of international peer evaluation committees of funding applications (e.g. European Research Council)
    • memberships and positions of trust in scientific and scholarly societies
    • membership in national or international expert groups , evaluation or steering committees, as well as other expert duties
    • positions as editor-in-chief, editor, or member of editorial boards of scientific and scholarly journals and publication series
    • referee for scientific and scholarly journals
    • administrative responsibilities at higher education institutions or at research organisations, responsibilities in the higher education community

5)     invited keynote lectures abroad

  • Scientific and societal impact of research
    • total number of publications and, e.g., 10 most important and/or most cited publications according to a relevant database (a list of publications according to the Publication Type Classification used by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture as a separate attachment)
    • artistic works and processes
    • merits related to the production and distribution of research results and research data
    • merits related to the application of research results
    • invention disclosures, patents and other commercialisation-related merits (e.g. spin-off companies and trademarks)
    • merits in science communication and expert assignments in the media
  • Positions of trust in society and other societal merits
    • significant positions of trust, expert duties and assignments (also research-based policy-advice tasks)
    • other social merits, honours, medals, decorations and Finnish military rank (optional)
  • Other merits

5. Cf. EC 2011: Towards a European Framework for Research Careers a_European_Framework_for_Research_Careers_final.pdf

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