According to the strategy of the University the units are expected to develop research conditions and commitment of key personnel by utilising the four-stage research career model and the criteria for advancing within the model, approved in 2011. In this manner, the University supports the career advancement of the most talented researchers, and their commitment to the University.
At the University of Oulu, we also have specific academic teaching personnel with the title of Lecturer and Clinical Instructor. For those positions the qualifications required are doctoral degree and the portfolio of teaching merits to show the applicant's teaching skills (i.e. pedagogical training, teaching and supervision experience, production of teaching material, development of teaching and other relevant merits).
In filling professorship positions and recruiting other research personnel, international calls for applications are preferred.
The competence of professors/senior researchers will be enhanced by developing possibilities to immerse oneself in research at certain intervals, free of teaching and administrational duties. For this purpose, the University of Oulu has participated in the so-called Professor Pool, being developed by some foundations and trusts, where it is possible to obtain funding for a research period through competitive application. The University units are encouraged to organise 6 – 12-month research periods for professors/senior researchers through development of working plan practices.
In Finland, the docent title can be awarded to a scientifically qualified person. According to section 89 of the Universities Act (558/2009), a university may by application grant the title of docent to a person who has comprehensive knowledge of their own field, a capacity for independent research or artistic work as demonstrated by publications or some other manner and good teaching skills.
Traditionally, the minimum requirement for a docentship is that the applicant has, in addition to their doctoral thesis, published scientific/artistic research which corresponds to at least one other dissertation having good scientific/artistic significance, quality and quantity.
The docent title is beneficial when applying a position as a professor or when the person wishes to act as a supervisor of a Ph.D. student, but it does not guarantee an employment contract.
Last updated: 26.7.2018