Professor of Psychology

University of Oulu Faculty of Education


Professor of Psychology

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We are now looking for a Professor of psychology in clinical or developmental psychology in the Faculty of Education. The position will be filled from August 1, 2021 or as soon as possible after this date. The position is placed in the research unit of Values, Ideologies and Social Contexts of Education at the Faculty of Education at University of Oulu. The professor is responsible for developing research in the faculty and at the University of Oulu. Together with the other professors in the faculty, the professor is expected to participate in the design and development of new creative research and learning environments and the infrastructures required by them at the University of Oulu (

Professor of psychology will develop and lead research and teaching in psychology in the field of the open position, which is “Children’s and adolescents’ socioemotional problems and related psychological interventions”. Professor is expected to lead the development of psychology research and teaching in this profiling area as well as build international contacts and scientific collaborative networks. Furthermore, the task includes acquiring external research funding, thesis supervision in different levels of study especially in doctoral level and administrative duties.

The successful candidate is required to have a doctoral degree in psychology and a strong track record of conducting outstanding international scientific research in the area of the open position, publishing in leading international journals, attracting external funding, supervising doctoral students and to have an ability to conduct and lead independent high-profile research in the area of the open position.

As the candidate selected in the position is expected to develop teaching in the above-mentioned profiling area including courses on psychologist’s clinical professional skills, the applicant should be a licensed psychologist or licensed special psychologist or be able to obtain license as agreed. More information:

When assessing the applicants’ merits, issues taken into consideration include scientific publications and other research results with scientific value, teaching experience and pedagogical training, skills to produce learning materials, other merits achieved in the teaching profession, a demonstration lecture and doctoral theses supervised by the applicant. We expect the successful candidate to have experience of leading research work and planning and implementation of research projects, as well as proof of efficient acquisition of research funding. In addition to this, the following issues will also be taken into account: practical familiarity with the field of duties assigned to the position, scientific work abroad and international activities.

The language proficiency requirements are defined in the Government Decree on Universities (770/2009). For university teaching and research positions in Finland, a full command of the teaching language, Finnish or Swedish, is required. The teaching language at the University of Oulu is Finnish, and the degrees are awarded in Finnish. Teaching may also be given in English. If the successful applicant is not proficient in Finnish, he or she is expected to acquire moderate proficiency within two years after the selection, as this is essential for the professor’s duties as well as for integration into the workplace and Finnish society.

What we offer

Wide support services of the University of Oulu
In addition to modern research facilities (e.g., LEAF research infrastructure:, we offer you personnel benefits such as affordable sport services and salary payments for 12 months / year.
A salary in accordance with the Finnish universities salary system (for teaching and research personnel): level 8 - 9. In addition, a salary component based on personal work performance will be paid (maximum of 50% of the job-specific component). Starting salary approx. 5600 € - 6300 € per month (before taxes). For more information on the salary system at Finnish universities, please see
A trial period of six months is applied in the position.

Other benefits: 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 receive also benefits provided by the Finnish government to residents, for example possibility to obtain access to the national healthcare system, tax benefits for employees with children and high-quality affordable childcare services.


Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using the electronic application form by 24th of January, 2021. The application should be written in English and the following information needs to be included:

1) an application letter with contact information

2) 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

3) complete list of publications, marking ten most important ones related to the area of the open position. The complete list of publications is compiled in accordance with the guidelines of the Academy of Finland (

4) a brief account of research merits (max 2 page)

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

6) acquisition of research funds

7) applicant’s vision how to renovate this field of science a brief research and action plan and a plan for developing teaching in this area (max 4 pages)

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

9) Copies of degree certificate

Reviewer Assessment

The Vice Rector of education will send an invitation to three (3) external reviewers approved by the university’s research committee to be consulted regarding the appointment process. When selecting the reviewers, the respective specializations of the applicants in the field are taken into consideration, and general fairness is observed in other respects as well.

The applicants are informed about the selection of the reviewers.

Based on an assessment of the applicants’ merits, the recruitment committee can at its discretion limit the number of applicants to be subjected to evaluation by the external reviewers.

Demonstration Lecture and Interview

The recruitment committee will interview the applicants that they consider best and makes arrangements for any demonstration lectures that may be deemed necessary.

Official Employment

The Vice Rector will make proposition on the basis of the proposition of the recruitment committee and submit it, justifications and attachments included, to the rector of the university, who will make the decision on the employment of the successful applicant.

Further information and enquiries

Professor of Psychology, Mirka Hintsanen, +358 50 569 5243, mirka.hintsanen(at),

Dean of Faculty of education, professor, Kati Mäkitalo, +358 50 501 9802, kati.makitalo(at)

HR manager, Emilia Vuoti, +358 50 375 8055, emilia.vuoti(at)

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