Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Mathematics

University of Oulu


Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Mathematics


Faculty of Science, Mathematical Sciences

The University of Oulu is one of the biggest and most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. We create new knowledge and innovations that help to solve global challenges. We offer you an international and inspiring working environment where you are given responsibility and can use your skills, develop yourself and do work that matters. Our flexible and family-friendly workplace makes it easy for you to balance work and leisure. The University of Oulu is ranked in the top 3% of the world´s universities.


We are now looking for an

Assistant/Associate Professor

to join us in the Research Unit of Mathematical Sciences at the Faculty of Science.

The Research Unit of Mathematical Sciences has an internationally strong position at the forefront of research in its focus areas. The position will be connected to the Inverse Problems Group within the Research Unit. We are a member of the Flagship of Advanced Mathematics for Sensing, Imaging and Modelling (FAME), funded by the Research Council of Finland for the period 2024 – 2031, as well as the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Inverse Problems Research 2018-2025.

About the job

The new Tenure Track position is in the field of Applied Mathematics relevant to the teaching and research portfolio of the Research Unit of Mathematical Sciences. Suitable topics include expertise in, but are not limited to, numerical analysis and numerical methods, partial differential equations, nonlinear optimization, convex analysis, as well as Bayesian inverse problems. Familiarity with inverse problems and their application is highly welcome. This position aims to provide complementary expertise in applied mathematics relevant to the research themes within FAME and the inverse problems group in Oulu.

As Assistant/Associate professor you are expected to concentrate on research and support of doctoral education in applied mathematics in connection or in collaboration with FAME and the inverse problems group.

Other duties include:

  • Teaching of 2 courses (5 ECTS)/year in your field of expertise. 
    (Teaching duties may change after the tenure track period)
  • Supervision of doctoral researchers and related support 
  • Supervision of master thesis topics
  • Support of FAME related activities
  • Participation in external funding applications

What we offer?

  • Starting package of one fully funded doctoral researcher
  • Access to local resources for FAME related activities
  • The support of the inverse problems group and related groups at the Research Unit of Mathematical Sciences as well as associated researchers within FAME at the University of Oulu and the Finnish Inverse Problems community.
  • Wellness benefit ePassi covering sport, culture and well-being. Read more about other staff benefits.
  • Work that matters and a workplace that promotes flexibility and work-life balance. Read more about working with us.
  • We have a HR Excellence in Research -quality label which is a recognition awarded by the European Commission for the development of researchers’ working conditions and careers.
  • Our Buddy Programme and Spouse Network support you and close-ones in settling into Oulu.
  • If you are moving from abroad, we can offer comprehensive relocation packages to support your smooth relocation to Oulu.
  • Finland is one of the most livable countries in the world, with a high quality of life, safety, excellent education system, and competitive economy. Read more about living in Oulu.

Who are you?

  • You can support the research and educational goals of the Research Unit of Mathematical Sciences and the FAME flagship by providing complementary expertise in related fields of applied mathematics.
  • You are comfortable to work in interdisciplinary teams, but are also able to perform independent research.
  • You have experience in supervision or co-supervision of Master students and Doctoral researchers
  • Most importantly, you are enthusiastic and open to adapt to new challenges and applications of mathematics in science and industry.
  • You 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. Find out more about our tenure track system, entry criteria, evaluation procedure and advancement on our careers website.

In order to succeed and enjoy the position, we expect from you: 

As an Assistant professor:

  • Doctoral degree in applied mathematics or closely related field.
  • You must demonstrate the ability to work independently and have proven teaching skills.
  • In order to be eligible for a position as Assistant Professor, you must have received your doctoral degree not more than ten years ago.
  • Fluency in English is required.

As an Associate professor:

  • Doctoral degree in applied mathematics or closely related field.
  • You must demonstrate evidence of scientific research work and relevant teaching skills.
  • You must have the ability to lead research and experience of acquiring external research funding.
  • We also expect you to have sufficient and relevant experience in international scientific work and evidence of international cooperation.
  • Fluency in English is required.

We also appreciate

  • Experience in interdisciplinary collaboration and applications of inverse problems in the medical sciences or engineering.
  • An open mind to new challenges and applications.
  • Motivation to teach in Finnish after the tenure track period.


The position is fixed-term for 5 years as of 01.08.2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. At the end of the 5 year term you will be evaluated for advancement to the next career stage.

The salary will be based on the levels 5-6 (assistant) and 6-7 (associate) 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). Starting gross salary will be approx. 3800-4900 € (assistant)/4400-5600€ (associate) per month (before taxes).  A trial period of 6 months is applied in the position.

How to apply?

Interested? If yes, please apply by 15.04.2024 (23:59 Finnish local time) through our recruitment system.

The application should be written in English and include the following:

  1. Cover letter, stating the career level on which you would like to be evaluated at.
  2. CV following the guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity.
  3. List of publications following the guidelines of the Academy of Finland, with the ten most important ones marked.
  4. Copy of the marked 10 most important publications
  5. A research and action plan (2 pages): outlining previous research, research merits, and future research directions.
  6. Brief account of teaching merits or a teaching portfolio
    (1 page for Assistant level / 2 pages Associate level)
    These should cover the following points:
    1. Teaching philosophy, teaching strategies, and methods.
    2. Practical experience in teaching and efforts to improve teaching.
    3. Description of educational material (curricula, handouts, assignments, workbooks).
    4. Evaluation of teaching (student evaluations, peer evaluations, awards, and assessed test lectures).
    5. Plans for future directions of teaching in the discipline concerned.
  7. Contact details of 2 persons available for recommendation

The eligible applicants fitting best in the profile expected for the position will be invited to an on-site or remote interview. All applicants will be notified during the selection process.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, such as people of different ages,  genders and lingual, cultural or minority groups. 

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.

Contact Information

Associate Professor, Andreas Hauptmann
Research Unit of Mathematical Sciences

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Oulu
County Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
Country Finland
Reference number 2024/99
  • Andreas Selmar Hauptmann
Published 14.Mar.2024
Last application date 15.Apr.2024

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