Postdoctoral Research Associate in Education
University of Oulu, School of Education

Three fixed-term positions of postdoctoral researcher

The positions are located in the three research units of the Faculty of Education:

1.      Postdoctoral position in the Learning and Learning Processes research unit

The position is located in the Learning and Learning Processes research unit, in which the research focuses on the learning of individuals and groups in different learning environments. Special characteristics of the research include technology in support of learning and teaching, interaction, and the processes connected with wellbeing. Research on learning and learning processes involves the utilization of the Leaf Research Space ( in research and multidisciplinary research cooperation. The research methods focus on process-oriented methods and in the use of technology in data collection.

2.      Postdoctoral position in the Teachers, Teaching and Educational Communities research unit

The position is located in the Teachers, Teaching and Educational Communities research unit researching teachers’ identity construction and the work of educators in different educational and teaching environments. A special focus is on the relationships between these environments and the individuals. The research unit is involved in childhood research and broadly based teacher research, and in the development of innovative research methods. The research unit encompasses the degree programs in special education, music education and early childhood education. The unit is also in charge of secondary teacher education and university pedagogy.

3.      Postdoctoral position in the Values, Ideologies and Societal Contexts of Education research unit

The position is located in the Values, Ideologies and Societal Contexts of Education research unit, which studies the theoretical and philosophical basis, underlying values and societal contexts of education and educational research. Education and educational research are examined as historically built phenomena and mindsets. The objective is to construct a critical theoretical and practical understanding of education, the value basis and social contexts of education, and pedagogy. The areas of research/disciplines of science represented by the unit are global education, education, educational psychology, psychology, sociology, and gender studies. The research carried out in the unit is characterized by methodological variety and innovativeness.

A successful candidate is required to have a track record showing a strong orientation towards research and high-level publication activities, and to the development of national and international research cooperation. The appointee is also expected to contribute actively to the acquisition of research funding.

The applicant’s research work shall be focused on the themes of the position s/he is interested in, thereby integrating well into the main research areas of the faculty (see

The teaching responsibilities in these positions focus on studies in education in the various degree programs of the faculty, and an agreement is made on them as part of the annually confirmed 1600-hour working plan.

The language of instruction in the University of Oulu is Finnish, and the degrees are awarded in Finnish. Teaching may also be given in English.

Special attention will be paid to the applicants’ mastery of English. All the positions require good skills in the English language.

It is expected that the appointments can be made as of August 1, 2016, to last no longer than July 31, 2019 at the most.


The salary is based on level 5 of the job profile chart for university teaching and research staff. In addition to the job-specific salary component, a salary component based on personal performance will be paid, amounting to 46.3 % at most of the job-specific component.


A successful candidate for the position of postdoctoral researcher is required to have an applicable doctoral degree, an ability to pursue independent scientific work, and the teaching skills needed in the position.

Application procedure

The application shall be submitted using an electronic application form no later than April 27, 2016.
The applicant shall indicate in his or her application which position his or her application is related to (the positions have been numbered above).     

Appendices to be included with the application:

1. Brief curriculum vitae in English, not more than 4 pages.

2. 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, and (6) other scientific publications such as articles in scientific journals and conference proceedings with no pee-review process, and publications in university and department series.

3. Short account in English of research merits relevant to the vacancy and a brief research and action plan in English (not more than 4 pages).

4. Copies in electronic form of at most ten (10) publications and other works that the applicant thinks should be taken into consideration upon evaluation of eligibility and merits.

In matters relating to the appointment process, please contact the Faculty of Education at the University of Oulu as follows:

Riitta-Liisa Korkeamäki, Dean
University of Oulu, Faculty of Education
PO Box 2000, FIN-90014 University of Oulu
tel. +358 294 483701
e-mail: riitta-liisa.korkeamaki at


Kimmo Spets, Chief Administrator
University of Oulu, Faculty of Education
PO Box 2000, FIN-90014 University of Oulu
tel. +358 294 483819
e-mail: kimmo.spets at

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