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Professor or Associate Professor in Information Studies and Interactive Media (tenure track), specialising in information retrieval

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Professor or Associate Professor in Information Studies and Interactive Media (tenure track), specialising in information retrieval
University of Tampere
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Application deadline: Jun 04
Location: Tampere, Finland
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Professor or Associate Professor in Information Studies and Interactive Media (tenure track), specialising in information retrieval

The University of Tampere, Tampere University of Technology and Tampere University of Applied Sciences are building a unique environment for multidisciplinary, inspirational and high-impact research and education and a hub of expertise in technology, health and society. The new higher education community begins its operations on 1 January 2019. Read more: www.tampere3.fi/en/.

The University of Tampere   Faculty of Communication Sciences (COMS) invites applications for the position of Professor or Associate Professor in Information Studies and Interactive Media (tenure track), specialising in information retrieval.

The field of Information Studies examines the phenomena and concepts related to the transmission, organisation, provision, retrieval and use of information. The aim is to train experts in the information field (e.g. information services,  information and knowledge management), who have a professional and analytical approach to examining phenomena in the rapidly-changing information society. The progamme provides an analytical overview of the developing digital forms of media as a part of human activities and the opportunity to specialise in multiple areas of information studies and interactive media.

Post

The professor/associate professor will carry out and supervise scientific research, provide and promote education in the field, follow developments in science in the field and participate in social interaction and international cooperation in his/her field.

The professor/associate professor will provide theoretical and methodological education in his/her own field of study and supervise master’s theses and doctoral dissertations.

To be appointed to the post of professor/associate professor, specialising in information retrieval, a candidate must hold 

  • an appropriate doctoral degree
  • high-level academic qualifications in one of the following research areas: information storage and retrieval; search engine optimisation; trend analytics and webometrics; opinion and social media analytics; reliability, reliability online and web literacy; filtering and recommender systems
  • experience in managing scientific research
  • an ability to provide high-level, research-based instruction and guidance
  • demonstrable merits in international scientific activities
  • the necessary cooperation and interpersonal skills required by the post.

In evaluating the applicants’ merits, consideration will also be given to the following:

  • publishing activities
  • success in the management of research and acquisition of research funding
  • merits in doctoral training
  • international and national expert duties
  • social influence
  • courses in university pedagogy and/or other pedagogical teaching merits and experience.

Salary

The salary for this post is based on level 8–9 (professor) and 7 (associate professor) of the job requirement level chart for teaching and research staff in the University Salary System. The starting salary of a professor  will range between € 4800 and € 6400 and salary of an associate professor will range between € 4000 and € 4700 a month.

Trial period

The post has a trial period of four months. The duties will begin on 1 August 2019 or as agreed.

Phases of the recruitment process

Provisions on the appointment of a professor are laid down in section 33 of the Universities Act and sections 14–20 of the University of Tampere’s Regulations on Human Resources. The expert evaluation procedure will be used in filling the position. An appointment committee will be established for the task. The appointment committee will select the applications to be sent to external experts for evaluation. The appointment committee will interview the applicants and may ask them to present their research. The teaching merits of the applicants will be assessed by the faculty’s Teaching Skills Committee, which may request the applicants to provide a demonstration of their teaching proficiency. The rector will decide on the appointment of persons for the post of professor or associate professor (tenure track). In recruitment under the tenure track system and when advancement to the next level of the career model is considered, the expert evaluation procedure is always applied. The tenure track model of the University of Tampere is described on the faculty website.


Application and its attachments

Applications in English must be submitted by 4.6.2018 at 3.45 pm at the latest, via the university’s electronic form (see Laura user instructions) see link below: SUBMIT APPLICATION.

Please append the following documents in English to the application (lastname_firstname_appendix_name.pdf):

  • Curriculum vitae according to TENK’s instructions
  • Copy of the original degree certificate
  • List of publications according to SA’s instructions
  • A list containing no more than ten (10) scientific publications the applicant wishes to have considered in the assessment on his or her qualification and merits for the post.The publications will be delivered on request at a later stage in the application process
  • Research plan and plan for developing the field at the University of Tampere, no more than 5 pages
  • Account of teaching merits (teaching portfolio) according to the faculty’s instructions

Inquiries concerning the post:

Dean Päivi Pahta,  paivi.pahta@uta.fi, tel. +358 50 318 1131 

Questions concerning the application procedure:

Head of Administration Kirsi Aalto, kirsi.m.aalto@uta.fi, tel. +358 40 190 1658

For a justified reason, the University of Tampere is entitled to not fill the post and to extend the application period.

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